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 »


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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 »


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 »

There’s a script review floating around of one draft of Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbin‘s script for At the Mountains of Madness. Because, based on my understanding, it isn’t reviewing a more recent draft, I’m not going to make too much of it. But the review was useful for pointing out a few statements that producer James Cameron recently made about the film, where, among other things, he claims that it could be a film on the scale of something like Aliens. Read More »


To the many, many people who bring up H.P. Lovecraft‘s At the Mountains of Madness (the book that combines exploratory adventure, science fiction and Lovecraft’s tales of great, horrible old gods) every time Guillermo del Toro has a window of availability: this one’s for you. The director has talked about wanting to adapt Lovecraft’s story for many years, but it always seemed like a really tough sell. After all, what studio wants to finance an expensive, dark, R-rated film like this?

As it turns out, that studio appears to be Universal. Can’t hurt that James Cameron has come aboard to produce. Has the time finally come for a big-budget Lovecraft film? Read More »