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Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
« Reply #15 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.
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Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
« Reply #16 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.



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Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
« Reply #17 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.


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Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
« Reply #20 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.
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Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2018, 08:56:25 PM »
The Outline MAR—05—2018:
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.
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Re: At The Mountains Of Madness
« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2018, 01:40:12 PM »
This is my biggest hope!