Del Toro Directing 'At the Mountains of Madness' Movie Next
This is the announcement we've all been waiting for. Deadline has learned that Guillermo del Toro's next directing gig, the one that he'll be taking on instead of The Hobbit, is an adaptation of HP Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness. It's finally happening! If that news alone weren't enough to make you happy, del Toro has enlisted James Cameron himself to produce the film and they'll be shooting in 3D next summer for Universal Pictures. Del Toro played coy about this news at Comic-Con, but Deadline is putting the pieces together regarding his statements in San Diego that he'd be directing real horror next. This is great news!
Here are all of the good details: "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." Woohoo, we're finally going to see the horror movie that del Toro has been wanting to make for years (since 2004 at least). Del Toro and Matthew Robbins wrote the original script, which they are currently polishing. We've been writing about this since 2007 when it was going to be next for del Toro.
In At the Mountains of Madness, first published in 1936, a gruesome discovery made during an expedition to the South Pole in the 1930s hints at the true origin of mankind having actually come from elder gods of another planet. Bad things happen when those life forms are awakened. Del Toro stated previously: "what I would love with Mountains is for it to have all the luster and the scope of a tentpole horror movie, but be R-rated. Not because I want to [have] gore for gore's sake, but because it is a very adult movie, and the consequences of things are really deep and disturbing." Let's hope that's the movie he's making next year!