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Is Del Toro Heading To The MOUNTAINS Or The PACIFIC RIM Next?

Posted on 08 March 2011 by Rich Drees

When we last checked in on director Guillermo Del Toro, he was hared at work on getting his dream project of an adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft’s classic novella At The Mountains Of Madness. James Cameron had helped out in getting the project set up at Universal, Tom Cruise had expressed interest in starring and creature design was well underway. In fact, things have been progressing so nicely that producer Don Murphy told IO9 yesterday that things were looking good that for the movie to begin shooting this summer.

But it turns out that Universal has been having some problems with the possibility of a $150 million budget and an R-rating. Given that At The Mountains Of Madness would have to gross about $500 million at the box office in order to break even, studio brass have been dragging their feet on giving production the go ahead. Instead, it is now being reported that they would rather have Del Toro take the reigns of their Pacific Rim project.

What is Pacific Rim, you ask? Well, not much is known about the project except that it is a monster movie of some kind. Universal is hoping that the potentially PG-13 rated project will have much more box office appeal. Each side has been pressuring the other for an answer as to which project will go forward.

If Del Toro does proceed with Pacific Rim, he could still go back to Mountains afterward. And if Universal ultimately declines Mountains, Del Toro could always take it elsewhere, though there is no guarantee that any other studio would pick it up. Hopefully, someone in all of this is perhaps suggesting that Universal will greenlight Mountains on the condition that Del Toro handles Pacific Rim for them first. While I think that the director would be disappointed in a further delay in getting the film made, but at least he would have concrete assurances, such as they are in Hollywood, that he will finally get the film into production.

Of course the irony here is that last year Del Toro dropped out of directing The Hobbit when it looked like MGM’s financial problems were going to prevent the film from getting in to production for some time. In the meantime, those problems resolved themselves and The Hobbit is set to start shooting shortly. Meanwhile, Del Toro still has no idea what his next film will be.

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Posted on 29 July 2010 by Rich Drees

After much speculation as to what he may direct now that he has left the director’s chair for The Hobbit, it is looking that Guillermo Del Toro has chosen his next project – his long in gestation adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft’s classic horror novella At The Mountains Of Madness.

Deadline is reporting that Del Toro will be shooting the film in 3D for Universal Pictures. James Cameron has signed on to serve as a producer. Don Murphy and Susan Montford have been tied to the project as producers for years as Del Toro has tried to get a studio interested in greenlighting the project. The project was first developed at Dreamworks in 2004. Warner Brothers came close in 2006, but then backed off. Universal became involved when Del Toro signed with the studio in 2007 to direct Hellboy II.

Pre-production should start on the film in the next couple of weeks as Del Toro gives the script a polish. Cameras should roll next summer.

Lovecraft’s classic story chronicles an expedition to the Antarctic that uncovers an ancient city with secrets that relate to the very origins of mankind. And even though it is millennia old, the mysterious city is not as abandoned as one would think. For fans of Lovecraft’s work, the novella helps ties together several other short stories involving elder beings who have visited Earth and influenced its history into a cohesive mythology.

If you’re unfamiliar with the novella, and shame on you if you are, you can read it here.

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