At the Mountains of Madness scrapped

Well, there goes all hope of hearing ‘Tekeli-li!’ in the theater in the near future.

In case you weren’t aware, Guillermo del Toro’s long-awaited dream project, At the Mountains of Madness, based on the Lovecraft novella, was shut down the other day. This came as a surprise to many, including del Toro, who believed that Universal was firmly behind his $150-million, hard-R horror project. They loved the script, they were huge fans of the art direction, they were close to signing Tom Cruise to star, and they had James Cameron’s producing clout. What could go wrong?

In a new interview over at Deadline, del Toro talks about exactly what he thinks went wrong.

Deadline: When I first wrote Monday about Universal suddenly balking at Mountains, studio insiders said they weren’t sure Tom Cruise was definitively in, and they couldn’t stomach a $150 million R rated film because few of those have grossed the $500 million or so needed for Universal to make money.  What do you think of that?

Del Toro: Definitely, closing Tom’s deal was in their hands. He was without a doubt, absolutely in favor of being in the movie. We met extensively, both in Canada and the U.S., dozens of times. Final polishes of the screenplay met with his approval. Closing the deal is not something that was in my hands. They needed to close it corporately. As far as the movie grossing that much, obviously I’m not impartial, but I have to believe that with 3D, Tom Cruise, Jim Cameron, the scope of Lovecraft’s novel that is one his best regarded and most widely known works, I would venture that it could absolutely have been done. I think the R should be worn like a badge of merit in promoting the movie. To say, this is not a gory movie, not a movie full of profanity or violence, but it’s a really intense movie. It’s all what you do with what you’re given. I had to believe right along that they were betting as much as I was. I was betting essentially everything I had, in terms of leverage, betting nine months of development when I was on The Hobbit. This was for me a do or die movie.

Instead of the horror film, the director will begin work on a PG-13 Kaiju movie, Pacific Rim. Written by Travis  Beacham (Clash of the Titans) , the film involves giant monsters and another world, though reliable details are slim.

Posted on March 10, 2011 at 21:13 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink
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  1. Written by Trisha Lynn
    on 2011-03-11 at 02:36

    ARGH. What the hell is wrong with that studio?

  2. Written by Arkonbey
    on 2011-03-11 at 02:40

    That really bites. I think that he’s the only director who could do Lovecraft without it being cheesy.

    I was just thinking yesterday that he should direct an adaptation of Garth Nix’s “Sabriel”. Not that there’s one in the works, but if there was, only Mr. Del Toro should do it.

    I even did a poster for it (I’m a designer, and I do fake posters to keep my chops up):

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