Guillermo del Toro has been chatting about his planned big screen take on H P Lovecraft’s At The Mountains Of Madness – and he’s not giving up.
In July 2010, it looked like Guillermo del Toro’s planned movie of H P Lovecraft’s At The Mountains Of Madness was all set to go. A hugely ambitious project, the film had James Cameron producing, and at one stage Tom Cruise was all set to star.
Sadly, though, a rising budget – the film was set to cost around $150m to realise – and the studio push towards a PG-13 rating contributed to the film going into turnaround. Del Toro pursued other projects, but vowed to always try to return to this one.
And in a new interview with IndieWire, he’s confirmed that’s still the case. He told the outlet that the ring he wears on his finger –“the fake ring about a fake university, the one that appears in the book” – he’ll wear until he gets the film made. “They may bury me with it”, he added.
He added of trying to get the film made, “most of us filmmakers, we exist in a world that moves above our paygrade. People think that our career is a series of decisions. Our career is a series of accidents happening with your decisions on top. You don’t decide to do one movie instead of another”.
del Toro has a full docket at the moment, not least finished off the filming of his next feature, Nightmare Alley. Maybe, though, At The Mountains Of Madness is the kind of project a streaming service may now have the chequebook and courage to back…
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