Cameron Enthusiastically Praises Del Toro's Passion for 'Madness'
Even though these are just non-news quotes, it's always a sigh of relief to report good news in the movie industry, especially when it pertains to a highly anticipated project that everyone wants to turn out right. FEARnet (via SlashFilm) recently published a few exciting new quotes from James Cameron who, while speaking at a press event for Sanctum, talked about how excited he and Guillermo del Toro are working on the H.P. Lovecraft At the Mountains of Madness adaptation, which is supposed to shoot this year. "One word, one man – Guillermo.... if anybody can bring Lovecraft to the screen it's gonna be Del Toro."
Cameron is pretty much giddy about At the Mountains of Madness and happily talks about how it's going:
"One word, one man – Guillermo. We've been friends for twenty years. We've been trying to work together, really, for that entire time. And it has never quite congealed. We're both Lovecraft fans. Me from my college days, when I discovered Lovecraft. I think I read everything he wrote in about a month. I powered through it. And if anybody can bring Lovecraft to the screen it's gonna be Del Toro.
He's got a real vision for the film. It's very, very well-developed in his mind. You know, I'm just there to facilitate his vision. I don't have any strong sense of authorship; zero sense of authorship. I'm just there to try to get it made and help him do the movie that's in his head."
And we all know that's going to be awesome, as is anything that comes from the creative genius that is Del Toro's mind. As for how soon it's actually going into production, since they don't have a cast yet and are still working on budgeting and pre-production, Cameron clears up the early details and sets the record straight:
"Oh we're very, very actively pre-producing the film right now with Universal. The design work is phenomenal, both the three-dimensional and two-dimensional design work, the physical maquettes, the CG test scenes; the artwork is phenomenal. The fans certainly won't want for a visual feast with this film. But there's [still] a bunch of number-crunching and 'How you gonna do it?' and 'How you gonna make it?'; 'Where you gonna do it?' All that stuff."
I just really hope Universal doesn't make them cut off too much of the initial budget and leave them trying to make something that needs to be epic on too small of a scale. But in the hands of James Cameron and Del Toro, who can work wonders no matter what budget he's given, I think we're going to see an awesome movie no matter what. Del Toro himself has already been chatting about some of his ambitious and exciting plans for Mountains of Madness, so it's good to hear from the producing side and why Cameron is just as excited. I'm hoping everything keeps moving forward as planned and production starts on time - this is one project I definitely can't wait to see in the next few years! We'll continue to keep you updated on anything we hear.