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Title: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: Henry88 on July 28, 2010, 07:04:04 PM
http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/guillermo-del-toro-and-james-cameron-ready-to-climb-at-the-mountains-of-madness-together-at-universal/

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Since he left The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro's next film has been a hot topic of conversation. I'm hearing he will next direct At The Mountains Of Madness, an adaptation of the HP Lovecraft tale that will be shot as a 3D film for Universal Pictures. The big surprise is that Avatar director James Cameron will come aboard as a producer. Del Toro was non-committal when I asked him about the prospect of Mountains days ago as we discussed the Comic-Con reaction to Dont Be Afraid of the Dark. But when del Toro announced at Comic-Con he'd cowrite and produce Haunted Mansion, he told the crowd he'd set his next film shortly, and that it would be scary. At the Mountains of Madness fits that bill, even for del Toro and Universal.

oh this is going to be something to see
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: doctorhu on July 28, 2010, 07:39:48 PM
If there is anyone whose Lovecraft I would both anticipate and dread, it's Guillermo del Toro.

On the one hand, the awesome.

On the other, the nightmares....
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: Darth Geek on July 28, 2010, 07:55:49 PM
THIS is the one project I really hope he directs next. Give us epic Lovecraft!
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: Darth Geek on July 29, 2010, 04:49:54 AM
WWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/guillermo-del-toro-and-james-cameron-ready-to-climb-at-the-mountains-of-madness-together-at-universal/)

I just Darthed my Geek!
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: ScottotD on July 29, 2010, 05:05:09 AM
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YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: Darth Geek on July 29, 2010, 05:09:54 AM
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Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on July 29, 2010, 11:31:42 AM
I'm so excited for this, I'll even pay to watch it in 3D (that's big for me).
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: Darth Geek on July 29, 2010, 11:42:52 AM
I'm so excited for this, I'll even pay to watch it in 3D (that's big for me).
Yeah, Guillermo is one of the few directors that would use 3D really well. The other is Joe Dante. Why the hell hasn't The Hole been released yet?!
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: Darth Geek on May 08, 2012, 09:32:26 AM
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/55528 (http://www.aintitcool.com/node/55528)

Looks like a lot of Prometheus will have similarities to At the Mountains of Madness. To the point where Del Toro has decided for the time being to not persue it.

Considering this could be considered spoilers for Prometheus, I will put the reasons in spoiler tag:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Really dissapointed to see the effectively dead in the water. I am looking forward to Prometheus, but a big budget atmospheric monster filled Del Toro proper H.P. Lovecraft movie would have been something for the ages.
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: Henry88 on June 13, 2013, 10:57:43 AM
So I'm not sure how credible this is, but if it's any bit true...
http://nukethefridge.com/2013/06/12/ntf-exclusive-guillermo-del-toro-casting-news-for-mountains-of-madness/

He has expressed pitching the concept once again back in January, so it could be he's either still looking or he has found someone interested and will not start until he is ready.
http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/del-toro-to-try-mountains-of-madness-again-tom-cruise-still-attached/

http://www.tgdaily.com/games-and-entertainment-features/68617-guillermo-del-toro-says-no-to-star-wars-tries-mountains-of-ma
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: KidFlash on June 13, 2013, 12:32:09 PM
It's all really dependent on if Pacific Rim breaks out. If it does, he'll have more pull to get projects like this made.
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: Malt on June 03, 2014, 05:23:06 AM
Is this still a thing?
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: Darth Geek on June 03, 2014, 06:07:49 AM
Is this still a thing?
While Del Toro hasn't ruled it out, I doubt it will happen any time soon, if at all.
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: KidFlash on June 03, 2014, 02:18:11 PM
Haven't heard any rumblings for ages. Like I said in another thread, if Tom Cruise, James Cameron and GDT couldn't get the movie off the ground, I'm pretty sure it's dead as a doornail.
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: Darth Geek on June 03, 2014, 04:00:22 PM
Del Toro also mentioned that apparently Prometheus had so many similarities that he didn't want to seem like he was copying that. Which is too bad, because Prometheus was retarded, and whatever similar scenes or themes it had I am sure Guillermo would do much much better.
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: RoninFox on June 04, 2014, 04:18:15 AM
I think the biggest hurdle it would face now is budget.  No studio is going to be chomping at the bit to finance a movie this ambitious without the normal trappings of the summer blockbuster.  Unless it can be made lower budget, it doesn't really have a chance.
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: Darth Geek on June 04, 2014, 05:24:12 AM
I think the biggest hurdle it would face now is budget.  No studio is going to be chomping at the bit to finance a movie this ambitious without the normal trappings of the summer blockbuster.  Unless it can be made lower budget, it doesn't really have a chance.
Apparently that was the reason the studio passed on it in the first place. So had Pacific Rim been a mega hit (like it should have been) then Guillermo's name would have helped more in selling this. Too bad, really.
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: KidFlash on June 04, 2014, 08:02:44 AM
I think the biggest hurdle it would face now is budget.  No studio is going to be chomping at the bit to finance a movie this ambitious without the normal trappings of the summer blockbuster.  Unless it can be made lower budget, it doesn't really have a chance.

It's the rating, too. Studios are very reticent to greenlight a $150m R-rated movie these days, which is what GDT said he was planning to make all along. Even adding Cruise and Cameron to that package wasn't enough to get Universal to play ball.
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: Henry88 on July 05, 2014, 08:18:24 PM
the project is again moving forward
http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/32807/-mountains-of-madness-revived-as-pg-13
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: Henry88 on July 10, 2014, 05:15:53 PM
Exclusive: Guillermo del Toro Wants To Release PG-13 and Unrated Cuts of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS Simultaneously (http://collider.com/at-the-mountains-of-madness-unrated-cut-details/)
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: RoninFox on July 10, 2014, 05:32:30 PM
That's a pretty intriguing idea.  If that works that could open a lot of doors for future films too.
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: Henry88 on March 05, 2018, 08:56:25 PM
The Outline MAR—05—2018: (https://theoutline.com/post/3598/guillermo-del-toro-at-the-mountains-of-madness-revival?zd=1&zi=bg6cdbtw)
LET GUILLERMO DEL TORO FINALLY MAKE ‘AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS’
Quote from: Jeremy Gordon
H.P. Lovecraft was a bitter racist and reactionary, but nonetheless, his stories of cosmic horror and characters like the eldritch god Cthulhu have imprinted on the literary consciousness for nearly a century. That’s a testament to the power of his unsettling imagination, in which a primordial, ageless darkness lies just underneath humanity. Somewhat surprisingly, a cinematic adaptation of Lovecraft’s work has never really broken through to the mainstream — there have been plenty of B-movie and smaller films based off his stories, but the intellectual property has remained relatively unmined, even in this era of endless conceptual recycling.

The most cherished attempt to bring Lovecraft to the big screen is a movie that was never even made: Guillermo Del Toro’s long-developed, eventually-abandoned take on “At the Mountains of Madness”, one of Lovecraft’s most iconic stories. In the story, an expedition to Antarctica finds an ancient, undisturbed city filled with alien life forms, suggesting a stranger precedent to humanity. The expedition goes… not well, as you might imagine. People die, and are driven insane. Horrific monsters emerge from the abyss, ready to conquer life on Earth. Is there a happy ending? Of course not!

The frozen landscape, the alien biology, the daunting architecture — all of this was fertile territory for Del Toro’s strengths as a director who can convincingly give fantastical concepts the dramatic heft they deserved. In 2006, he wrote a script, and proposed it to Warner Bros. as an R-rated horror movie with a giant budget, which received moral and financial support from Tom Cruise and James Cameron. His ideas were incredibly detailed and ambitious, prompting salivation from Lovecraft readers who knew from movies like Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy how Del Toro had the right sensibility to bring Lovecraft’s daunting concepts to life.

Unfortunately, Hollywood interfered. First, the rating was too severe. “It’s very difficult for a studio to take the step of doing an R-rated tentpole movie with a tough ending and no love story, set in period, from a writer, Lovecraft, who has a readership as big as any bestseller but cannot be quantified because his works are in the public domain,” Del Toro said. (Later: “If Mountains had been PG-13, or I had said PG-13 … I’m too much of a Boy Scout, I should have lied, but I didn’t.”) Then, the budget — somewhere around $150 million — was too much. And it also bore too many similarities to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, another R-rated cosmic-ish horror movie, which ended up underperforming at the box office. (Meanwhile, Del Toro’s Pacific Rim was a mild box office disappointment.)

Eventually, the movie was called off altogether, despite the success of conceptually unfamiliar, R-rated movies like Deadpool. (Del Toro: “We all think, from the outside, that studios are going to learn this or that, but studios don’t think that way.”) But now, Del Toro is the man of the moment, having scored Best Picture and Best Director wins at last night’s Academy Awards for The Shape of Water — another conceptually unfamiliar, R-rated movie filled with creature horror and unsettling imagery. There’s literally no better time than now to give the man a pile of cash and let him cook.

Del Toro, too, has always been open to the possibility that the movie could come back, given his years-long passion for making this work. The Oscars are silly, but their utility is giving creators the momentum they need to bring their more niche ideas to live. Pumping $150 million into this story, brought to life by one of the best directors around — come on, that’s a much better use of cash than King Arthur: The Last Sword.
Title: Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
Post by: Darth Geek on March 06, 2018, 01:40:12 PM
This is my biggest hope!