View Full Version : Guillermo Del Toror Teams with James Cameron for Mountains of Madness!!!

07-29-2010, 01:55 AM
I am by no means even slightly a fan of Avatar, but I can't deny that Cameron is one hell of a film maker. So this is a "holy shit, omfg, I just shiht myself!!!" scenario.

Since he left The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro's next film has been a hot topic of conversation. I'm hearing he will next direct At The Mountains Of Madness, an adaptation of the HP Lovecraft tale that will be shot as a 3D film for Universal Pictures. The big surprise is that Avatar director James Cameron will come aboard as a producer. Del Toro was non-committal when I asked him about the prospect of Mountains days ago as we discussed the Comic-Con reaction to Donít Be Afraid of the Dark. But when del Toro announced at Comic-Con he'd cowrite and produce Haunted Mansion, he told the crowd he'd set his next film shortly, and that it would be scary. At the Mountains of Madness fits that bill, even for del Toro and Universal. The film will be a big ticket item, shot in 3D where Cameron's expertise can really help. Cameron has said he won't put his name on many future movies outside of the 3D reboot of Fantastic Voyage at Fox, but I've heard he's making an exception for del Toro. Cameron's presence helped win over the studio. I'm told the film will begin pre-production in the next few weeks, and shoot next summer.

In the Lovecraft tale, a gruesome discovery made during a scientific expedition to the South Pole in the 1930s hints at the true origin of mankind having come from elder gods from another planet. Bad things happen when those life forms are awakened.

The project is years in the works for del Toro and producers Susan Montford and Don Murphy, and it is easily the most ambitious project contemplated by the Pan's Labyrinth director. I just put the film high on the list of dream projects for the geek crowd, after it came up numerous times in discussion with geek-savvy film executives, writers and dealmakers.

Mountains was first set up at DeamWorks in 2004 by del Toro and Real Steel producers Montford and Murphy. Del Toro and Matthew Robbins wrote the script, which they are now retooling. The package was acquired by Universal when del Toro made a big overall deal there in 2007, when Universal green lit del Toro's Hellboy 2 and hoped to establish him as a cornerstone filmmaker. Those plans were put on hold when del Toro surprised the studio and accepted the offer to co-write and direct two installments of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Del Toro dropped out of that project earlier this summer, after completing the writing of the two films, and the design of the first installment and half of the second. He cited the uncertainty of a production start due to the paralysis of MGM, which controls the rights along with Warner Bros. Del Toro pledged that he would return to the many plum projects his company is developing at Universal, including films like Frankenstein and the Kurt Vonnegut novel Slaughterhouse-Five. Iím confident that shortly he will be giving Universal one of the most ambitious films on its slate.

Del Toro is repped by WME and manager Gary Ungar.

source: http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/guillermo-del-toro-and-james-cameron-ready-to-climb-at-the-mountains-of-madness-together-at-universal/

07-29-2010, 03:44 AM
Good news! With Cameron involved we can at least be sure it's gonna be epic, and Del Toro is just the director to add that extra depth to it.

07-29-2010, 01:07 PM
Can we stop with the 3D?

07-30-2010, 03:19 AM
^agreed...but it's Cameron, what else would you expect from him? And I'm fine with films coming out in the 3D. Half of the time there is a 2D version as well, so I see no reason to be bothered by 3D too terribly much..unless it's shit like Saw and RE making it strictly for 3D. Clash of the Titans did that as well, which just made me ignore that all together.

07-30-2010, 05:29 AM
Better than working on the Hobbit.

07-30-2010, 05:36 PM
Never read the story, but I know this will look great.

And yeah 3D sucks, but since James is working on it as well, at least it'll be done properly.

07-30-2010, 06:28 PM
True. I just cannot hate on Cameron as he is a genius I say.

But still..

Anima XI
08-01-2010, 10:35 PM
I can already tell this will be awesome. I'm disappointed to say I've never read Lovecraft's work, but I've heard so much about it. I loved both James Cameron's and Guillermo Del Toro's previous works, so I can't wait to see how this will turn out ^_^ Especially to see how the elder gods will look!

08-02-2010, 05:48 AM
^Look up "At the Mountains of Madness" on google and you can find a text version of it for free. Its not too terribly long, but a little tedious in the writing style. I have not read anything except this story, nor have I finished it (became too busy and forgot about it) but I got a good 3/4 of the way through. It is by the far the most invadingly psychologically frightening thing I have ever read. It almost has a terror feel close to The Thing, due to the location, but it's the lack of knowing or seeing what is going on that really defines everything

Anima XI
08-02-2010, 08:35 PM
^ Thanks for that! I'll definitely look into it =) I've been meaning to read Lovecraft for a while now. There's a compilation book of many of his works that always catches my eye at the Barnes and Noble near my house, maybe I'll get it next time =D

09-04-2010, 04:50 PM
Why would they adapt this fine horror story into a fucking movie? This movie is going to shit all over HP Lovecraft's intestinal cancer-ridden corpse.

09-05-2010, 07:39 AM
Could very well end up a piece of shit, but I always have high hopes for Del Toro. This could very well end up a cinematic masterpiece like Pan's Labyrinth or The Devil's Backbone. So I guess it all depends on how much Cameron's influence will be felt, because to be honest I think he's always been more about doing a big blockbuster than something emotionally valid. It also depends on which mindset Del Toro is in while making this. If we get Pan Del Toro it will prove terrifying and gogeous...if we get Hellboy Del Toro...errm..yeah.

09-05-2010, 07:44 AM
They're going to shit on this movie the same way that Peter Jackson shit on "The Lovely Bones".

09-21-2010, 05:32 PM
I do like Del Toro and I Love me some 'Craft, but James Cameron's name on anything (post-Aliens) is an immediate red flag for me.

Can we stop with the 3D?

The point of 3D is to get asses into seats.

No matter how good non-3D films are, ticket sales will continue to decline simply because people now have so many outlets for entertainment and growing.

Itís the same reason why weíve had so many theatrical remakes and sequels coming out of the studio system.
Itís not because Hollywood is ďrunning out of ideasĒ, there are countless great un-produced original scripts floating around that never see the light of day, itís because people are more likely to spend their time and money on something they know instead of risking the relatively high cost of going to the movies over cheaper and more convenient channels of entertainment.

3D currently offers something unique to the theatrical experience, thus prompting more people to choose this outlet over the numerous other options for entertainment with their limited disposable income.

Donít forget that the Hollywood studio system is first and foremost a business, not art.

If you want original ideas then look into independent cinema.
And by ďindependentĒ I do mean films that are funded, produced, and distributed independently.

Why would they adapt this fine horror story into a fucking movie?

Why do people like money?