Guillermo del Toro is a filmmaking force of nature. Seemingly every few weeks, the writer/producer/director announces a new project and the latest will team him up with the Henson Company and Pathe to produce a 3D stop-motion animation version of Pinocchio. Based on a 2002 book of the classic fairy tale, the film will be aimed at slightly older audiences and be more edgy. It’ll be co-directed by Gris Grimly (who illustrated the 2002 book) and Mark Gustafson from a script by Matthew Robbins. Del Toro and Robbins collaborated on the story and the whole production is gearing up for production later this year. After the jump, see more concept art from the film, read who else is going to be working on it (Nick Cave!) and even check out some quotes from Del Toro about this film and how he’ll fit it with At the Mountains of Madness. Read More »

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It’s been a good week for fans of Guillermo del Toro. The New Yorker dropped a massive profile piece that is second only to one of the director’s expletive-laden commentaries when it comes to giving some insight into how the man thinks. But all is not yet great. While he and James Cameron have partnered at Universal to make an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft‘s At the Mountains of Madness, the script is still under the knife and the studio hasn’t yet greenlit the film.

Enter Tom Cruise. We knew that Guillermo wanted the star to be in the film, and now James Cameron says they’re still hoping to sign him. Read More »

After you write and direct a movie that makes over $2 billion worldwide, your mind itself becomes a commodity. So while James Cameron slowly preps his next directorial effort, Avatar 2, he’s lending his filmmaking genius to a few other projects. One is Sanctum, the Alister Grierson directed 3D cave movie that hits theaters February 4. Then there’s the Fantastic Voyage reboot, the Cirque du Soleil movie and others.

The really high profile one, though, is At the Mountains of Madness, the next film by director Guillermo del Toro based on the novella by H.P. Lovecraft. Cameron is producing the film, which is about incredible discoveries on an Antarctic expedition. The Billion Dollar Man was doing press for Sanctum when he offered up the latest update on the film, which will start shooting this summer. Read what he had to say after the jump. Read More »

As Season of the Witch limps towards theaters, the cast and crew are out doing the press rounds. Among them is Ron Perlman, the actor who has been a frequent presence in movies by Guillermo del Toro and who has already shot a part in Conan the Barbarian. While doing interviews for his current film, he has dropped some info about Conan, At the Mountains of Madness, and background for the idea for Hellboy 3. Read More »

Almost every week, Guillermo del Toro’s name comes up in regards to something. He’s producing this, he’s developing that, appearing here, overseeing this. But when is he finally going to get back to directing? After he left The Hobbit, we all assumed del Toro’s next film would be At the Mountains of Madness, produced by James Cameron, but there haven’t been any updates in a few months. Well, del Toro has changed that with a whole bunch of updates including an estimated start date and more. Read about them after the jump. Read More »

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James Gandolfini is about to start work on Violet & Daisy but is lining up work to take on after that film wraps. One possibility is Great Hope Springs, the matrimonial drama that will re-team director Mike Nichols and Meryl Streep. Jeff Bridges was one possible candidate for the same role over the summer, but he’s out of the picture.

If Gandolfini signs on, he’d also join Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Vanessa Taylor-scripted film about “a husband and wife (Gandolfini and Streep) undergoing an intense weekend of counseling to decide their future after 30 years of marriage.” Streep sparring with Gandolfini with Hoffman as the ref? Yep, I’ll take that. Vulture says the trio is keen to work together, and the film could shoot in March if deals come together.

After the break, the fourth Mission: Impossible gets a new Russian agent, and a spot is held At the Mountains of Madness for Ron Perlman. Read More »

We’ll probably be talking a lot about At the Mountains of Madness over the next year, as Guillermo del Toro prepares the project and, if things go well, the cameras roll. We’ve already heard a bit about the film from producer James Cameron‘s perspective, but now Guillermo del Toro has explained some of his approach to bringing the horrors of H.P. Lovecraft back to movie screens. Read More »

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This report is kind of thin right now, but Collider says that it has sources saying there are conflicting desires for the leading man of Guillermo del Toro‘s adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft novel At the Mountains of Madness. The site’s report has it that Universal wants James McAvoy (who headed up the studio’s film Wanted) to star, while Guillermo del Toro wants Tom Cruise. Read More »

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