As you may remember – because we keep harping on about it – Universal Pictures shut down Guillermo del Toro's long-awaited adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness earlier this year, despite the involvement of del Toro, producer James Cameron and attached star Tom Cruise. Too expensive, too scary, too "too" they said (we're paraphrasing). So Guillermo del Toro, who usually has a googolplex of movies in development anyway, went right ahead and began pre-production on the giant monster/giant robot blockbuster Pacific Rim instead. That production should take him the better part of the next two years, but del Toro's a workaholic. He's already got his next project lined up: At the Mountains of Madness.
"I'm not giving up," the Pan's Labyrinth director told The Los Angeles Times. "Mountains of Madness has been with me for 13, 14 years and I really don't want to give up on it. Look, the movies I do, I stick with them when I think, well, if I don't do it, nobody will. […] Hellboy, if I hadn't done it, I don't think anyone would have. Pan's Labyrinth, same thing. Mountains of Madness, the way I plan to do it is a very peculiar take, and I think if I don't stick with it the version I would like to see would never get made."
Later in the article del Toro clarifies his plans, stating "I'm going to keep pursuing it. Universal is still really interested in doing it. Coming out of Pacific Rim, I intend to see if we can do it immediately. […] I knew Mountains was a long shot. In fact, it was a miracle we got that close to production."
Here at Crave Online we believe in miracles, which unfortunately seems to be exactly what we'll need to ever see del Toro's big budget H.P. Lovecraft epic.
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