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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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 »

Guillermo del Toro's At the Mountains of Madness

The live action Tarzan film has put on hold so that Pan’s Labyrinth mastermind Guillermo del Toro can tackle one of his passion projects. LatinoReview has learned that Guillermo will be directing an adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness next after he finishes Hellboy 2 (due Summer 2008). Based on the 1931 H.P. Lovecraft novel, the film will follow explorers who journey to Antarctica where they uncover an ancient race of beasts in the ruins of a lost civilization.

Del Toro has previous said that “The studio [Warner Bros] is very nervous about the cost and it not having a love story or a happy ending, but it’s impossible to do either in the Lovecraft universe.”

HP Lovecraft is one of the seminal horror authors of the twentieth century. He wrote more than one hundred stories, and achieved popular acclaim in such publications as Astounding Stories and Weird Tales. Cliver Barker has said that “Lovecraft’s fiction is one of the cornerstones of modern horror.” Madness is considered by Lovecraft scholar S. T. Joshi to represent the decisive “demythology” of the Cthulhu Mythos. Director John Carpenter’s 1995 Lovecraftian tribute movie In the Mouth of Madness bases its title on this story, although the plot is unrelated.

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