Guillermo del Toro Talks More At the Mountains of Madness
Back in October last year we ran the news that Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro would be making H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness next after finishing Hellboy II. The film has been a pet project for del Toro for years, and reports were finally saying that it would get its time and get made. However, with The Hobbit in consideration (del Toro is in final talks to direct the two Hobbit films), we're not really sure if he'll have enough time to make Mountains of Madness before he starts work on The Hobbit. At least he can talk about his script and thoughts At the Mountains of Madness, though!
MTV recently caught up with del Toro and spoke with him about the H.P. Lovecraft story that involves the ancient monster Cthulhu.
"I remember when I was a kid out of the studios came the big event horror movies, 'The Exorcist,' 'Alien,' 'Jaws,' 'The Shining,'" del Toro recalled. "It is my hope that this movie will be a tentpole movie [of that sort]. It has the scope of a Shackleton epic exploration movie but it's full of tentacled things."
I know I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that everyone goes well with this, including the financial support of a major studio. Del Toro seems pretty set at Universal at the moment, which is where Hellboy II is and where he's been talking about re-envisioning Universal's classic monster movies. Thankfully del Toro already has a script done for At the Mountains of Madness, which means maybe, just maybe, it could get done in between Hellboy II and Hobbit.
"I'm happy with [my script]. I know some people would like a happier ending but I'm happy with the ending there is."
"It's not hard to be faithful to Lovecraft because what is great about the novel is that it's a compilation of really dry scientific annotations that happen to be annotating something really scary. There is no character or dramatic thread," he insisted. "You take those document and you then create a story. If you were [just rigidly faithful] you would be doing a National Geographic special on a crew that disappeared in an exploration mission."
The film is adapted from the H.P. Lovecraft novel about explorers who journey to Antarctica where they uncover an ancient race of tentacled beasts in the ruins of a lost civilization. The novella was first written in 1931 and the story is considered to represent the decisive "demythology" of Cthulhu. You can pick up a copy of it from Amazon.com if you're interested in reading it well before Guillermo makes his version. I wish Guillermo the best of luck with At the Mountains of Madness and I really hope it gets made before he dives into The Hobbit.