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At the Mountains of Madness

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Guillermo del Toro Says Prometheus May Have Already Eaten His Lunch; Cthulhu May Slumber a While Longer

If you’re a follower of the career of Guillermo del Toro, which we certainly are, from Hellboy to Pan’s Labyrinth to his involvement in the very early concept stages of this December’s The Hobbit, you might be aware of one of his longest gestating projects, At the Mountains of Madness. Shelved once again in March of last year, the adaptation of the most famous work in of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulu mythos, has continually had trouble getting greenlit, as a conceptual horror movie about the ultimately uncomfortable relationship between mankind and the rest of the universe that would require a large budget, big special effects, and an R rating.

Wait… that sounds familiar…

In fact, all of those things could also apply to Ridley Scott‘s long awaited return to the Aliens universe, and del Toro feels this makes the market a bit to saturated.

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Guillermo Del Toro Still Determined to Make The Mountains of Madness

Guillermo del Toro‘s dream project, a film adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness subsided beneath the deeps three months ago, the eldritch whispers of its gestating emergence into reality fading with the news that Universal Pictures wasn’t willing to take the bet that del Toro could turn a profit on a $150 million R-rated movie.

However! del Toro, like a certain tentacle-faced high priest we could name, is steadfast in his determination to bring Lovecraftian horrors into the lives of each and every one of us.

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Del Toro’s At the Mountains of Madness Is Actually, Apparently, Not Happening At All

We held off on reporting on this yesterday, because we just didn’t want it to be true. But despite the a lot of strong initial details to the contrary, it’s pretty much confirmed, now. Due to budget and rating concerns from Universal Pictures, Guillermo Del Toro is shelving At the Mountains of Madness for now.

From The Daily Blam!:

Though At The Mountains Of Madness was been repeatedly dubbed del Toro’s passion project, it seems he is not working on it’s development anymore. CriterionCast.com exchanged emails with the director, first asking: “I’m sure everyone is e-mailing you this question today, but is this June start date for Mountains of Madness true.. Got your greenlight?” To which del Toro simply replied “The opposite. Dead.”

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Guillermo Del Toro’s At the Mountains of Madness Starts Filming in June

In case you were worried that Guillermo Del Toro‘s film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft‘s At the Mountains of Madness, was just a crazed fever dream you had several months ago, set your fears aside. It’s going to start filming in June.

Producer Don Murphy (Transformers) confirmed the shoot date, though not much else is known about the production. James Cameron is also tapped to produce, and Tom Cruise and Ron Perlman are the only listed members of the cast. (Perlman confirmed his involvement in January; his character did not appear in the original novel, but will be a “no-nonsense dog sled guy.”

Cameron says that this will be an “epically scaled horror movie,” and added, “The fans certainly won’t want for a visual feast with this film.” That’s pretty promising coming from the guy responsible for Aliens.

(io9)