Del Toro’s Mountains Of Madness Gets Go-Ahead
Since stepping down as director of The Hobbit, speculation has been rife regarding Guillermo del Toro’s next project. Deadline have now confirmed that Universal will fund del Toro’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. It will be del Toro’s first film shot in 3D and the Godfather of the third dimension, James Cameron, is set to produce the project.
Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness is a horror novella that tells the story of an Antarctic expedition’s haunting discoveries and their encounter with an unspeakable menace in the ruins of a lost civilization.
The Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth director recently spoke about the project: “What Mountains of Madness is is a throwback to something nobody does anymore, it’s tentpole horror,” he told ComingSoon.net.
Del Toro has described Mountains of Madness as a ‘dream’ he’s been pursuing for thirteen years, but the cost of the project, coupled with its R-rated horror, has (until now) prevented it from finding necessary backing.
“There are two things I’ve been battling all these years: period and R-rated, and a very tough ending, so the studio is very scared of period obviously, he’s very scared of the budget and an R-rating, and the first conversation I always have is, ‘Does it have to be R?’ and I go, ‘Yes.’ ‘Does it have to be period? Does it have to be Antarctica? ‘Yes.’” Mountains of Madness could begin pre-production within the next few months.