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Guillermo del Toro, Lovecraft tentacles and... Tom Cruise??

09.02.2010

Yesterday we talked about how excited James Cameron is to be working with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro on his 3D live-action adaptation of HP Lovecraft's horror tale AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS.

Today things get a bit weird. Even for a Lovecraft movie.

According to Collider, del Toro wants Tom Cruise to lead his doomed Antarctic expedition and its encounter with an ancient civilization. The studio is reportedly keen on James McAvoy (WANTED), who is currently preoccupied with honing his mental powers for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

The GdT/Cruise connection isn't new -- they previously met when del Toro was considering a new VAN HELSING project with the high-profile grin machine. Cruise will start shooting the new MISSION IMPOSSIBLE thing in October, while MADNESS isn't scheduled to begin until next May, so it's conceivable schedule-wise.

Extra Tidbit: Cruise, del Toro and Cameron on a big-budget 3D action-horror movie -- is that a combination that interests you?
Source: Collider

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9:18PM on 09/04/2010

Well....

GdT has already worked with Spain's "Tom Cruise" I guess he figures he can work with America's ;)
GdT has already worked with Spain's "Tom Cruise" I guess he figures he can work with America's ;)
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2:36PM on 09/04/2010
i cant wait if its got cruise now too itll be fucking great
i cant wait if its got cruise now too itll be fucking great
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3:27PM on 09/03/2010
Cruise may be nuttier than squirrel turds, but I've never been disappointed with his performances. Lestat was goddamn amazing. Plus, Knight and Day? Totally awesome and underrated.

And this is coming from someone who can't stand Cameron Diaz.
Cruise may be nuttier than squirrel turds, but I've never been disappointed with his performances. Lestat was goddamn amazing. Plus, Knight and Day? Totally awesome and underrated.

And this is coming from someone who can't stand Cameron Diaz.
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1:28PM on 09/03/2010
Was just thinking about it. Does any actor in history have a more impressive list of director's they've worked with than Cruise? I'm still thinking of new ones to add to the list . . .
Was just thinking about it. Does any actor in history have a more impressive list of director's they've worked with than Cruise? I'm still thinking of new ones to add to the list . . .
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8:17PM on 09/03/2010
DiCaprio: Spielberg, Cameron, Scorsese, Scott, Mendes, Nolan, Boyle, Allen
DiCaprio: Spielberg, Cameron, Scorsese, Scott, Mendes, Nolan, Boyle, Allen
6:24AM on 09/04/2010
@ Pingu........ "nuk nuk"
sorry couldn't resist. Lol
@ Pingu........ "nuk nuk"
sorry couldn't resist. Lol
12:54PM on 09/03/2010
Personally I don't view Cruise as a big draw anymore. And I wouldn't go with McAvoy either. I'd like to see some other names pop up for this one.
Personally I don't view Cruise as a big draw anymore. And I wouldn't go with McAvoy either. I'd like to see some other names pop up for this one.
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12:42PM on 09/03/2010

Hell yes

Whatever you think of Cruise's personal beliefs, he makes awesome movies and is always great in them. He was the best part about Knight & Day and let's not forget that his other recent work (Collateral, Minority Report, MI3) has all been great as well. The man picks great projects and is a fantastic actor (case in point: Born on the 4th of July, Jerry MaGuire, Magnolia)
Whatever you think of Cruise's personal beliefs, he makes awesome movies and is always great in them. He was the best part about Knight & Day and let's not forget that his other recent work (Collateral, Minority Report, MI3) has all been great as well. The man picks great projects and is a fantastic actor (case in point: Born on the 4th of July, Jerry MaGuire, Magnolia)
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11:59AM on 09/03/2010
Hmmm....I guess this isn't bad. I don't love Cruise, but don't hate him either. I never would have picked him for the part of Dr. Dyer, since he was kind of an older professor, but hey, Cruise is in his late 40's now...it may be ok.
Hmmm....I guess this isn't bad. I don't love Cruise, but don't hate him either. I never would have picked him for the part of Dr. Dyer, since he was kind of an older professor, but hey, Cruise is in his late 40's now...it may be ok.
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11:54AM on 09/03/2010

Quick question.

Just wondering. Anyone else here think Cruise's oscar is long over due ?
Just wondering. Anyone else here think Cruise's oscar is long over due ?
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2:17PM on 09/03/2010
I'm still amazed he didn't win for Magnolia.
I'm still amazed he didn't win for Magnolia.
11:19AM on 09/03/2010
This is Cruise's forte, Big Budget movies with high profiled directors. This is a good combination for everyone involved and hopefully this movie proves that Tom didn't go anywhere, his haters have just been blinded by tabloid bullshit.
This is Cruise's forte, Big Budget movies with high profiled directors. This is a good combination for everyone involved and hopefully this movie proves that Tom didn't go anywhere, his haters have just been blinded by tabloid bullshit.
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10:59AM on 09/03/2010

Show Me The F-in Money!

I love Cruise. This is a great idea and he'll be able to groud us in all the fantastic things I'm sure will be happening during this film's running time. Consider my ticket purchased.
I love Cruise. This is a great idea and he'll be able to groud us in all the fantastic things I'm sure will be happening during this film's running time. Consider my ticket purchased.
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9:11AM on 09/03/2010
No arguments here. Never hopped on the Cruise hate wagon.
No arguments here. Never hopped on the Cruise hate wagon.
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8:39AM on 09/03/2010

?

I dont really know what to think of all the news surrounding this project. I am a huge fan of GDT and of course props need to be handed to Cameron + Cruise for their past work. However I dont really dig 3-D too much and dunno how it will effect the way GDT shoots his films using lighting and heavy shadows. AS for Cruise the guy seems past it but you gotta trust GDT cause as this is a pet project of his he will ensure it kicks major ass.
I dont really know what to think of all the news surrounding this project. I am a huge fan of GDT and of course props need to be handed to Cameron + Cruise for their past work. However I dont really dig 3-D too much and dunno how it will effect the way GDT shoots his films using lighting and heavy shadows. AS for Cruise the guy seems past it but you gotta trust GDT cause as this is a pet project of his he will ensure it kicks major ass.
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7:08AM on 09/03/2010
I love all three of those guys so Im in. McAvoy can eat shit, he was god awful in Wanted.
I love all three of those guys so Im in. McAvoy can eat shit, he was god awful in Wanted.
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7:03AM on 09/03/2010

Macavoy

As much as I enjoy a bit of Cruise, I really think MacAvoy is one of the finest young actors out there and I would love to see him in something of this scale. I thought Wanted was pretty wank but he made it watchable and The Last King of Scotland - well...wow. Fantastic film and performance(s). Mon the MacAvoy.
As much as I enjoy a bit of Cruise, I really think MacAvoy is one of the finest young actors out there and I would love to see him in something of this scale. I thought Wanted was pretty wank but he made it watchable and The Last King of Scotland - well...wow. Fantastic film and performance(s). Mon the MacAvoy.
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6:55AM on 09/03/2010
YES! This sounds almost too good to be true. Hmmm, let me think.... Cruise or McAvoy as a leader of men battling against the odds? No contest, this could be a great role for Cruise.
YES! This sounds almost too good to be true. Hmmm, let me think.... Cruise or McAvoy as a leader of men battling against the odds? No contest, this could be a great role for Cruise.
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6:27AM on 09/03/2010
I'm a big Lovecraft fan and when I first heard rumors about this movie years ago I was super pumped. When I saw del Toro in the seat I knew it would be good. I was a little turned off by the whole 3d thing but I'll give it a shake. But just the notion that they're trying to get a serious Hollywood A-lister involved really makes me feel that this is going to be a great movie. Say whatever you want about Tom Cruise, but the man can act.
I'm a big Lovecraft fan and when I first heard rumors about this movie years ago I was super pumped. When I saw del Toro in the seat I knew it would be good. I was a little turned off by the whole 3d thing but I'll give it a shake. But just the notion that they're trying to get a serious Hollywood A-lister involved really makes me feel that this is going to be a great movie. Say whatever you want about Tom Cruise, but the man can act.
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6:21AM on 09/03/2010

ecch.

As a Lovecraft fan, I have been excited about this until now. I feel sort of like I'm betraying the human species by supporting Tom Cruise's movie projects. If his religious beliefs turn out to be true we could be funding a future alien invasion. I'm Pro-Earth.
As a Lovecraft fan, I have been excited about this until now. I feel sort of like I'm betraying the human species by supporting Tom Cruise's movie projects. If his religious beliefs turn out to be true we could be funding a future alien invasion. I'm Pro-Earth.
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6:31AM on 09/03/2010
since when does ones religious beliefs matter ? its about the talent you fucking moron.
since when does ones religious beliefs matter ? its about the talent you fucking moron.
12:00PM on 09/03/2010
I'm a huge HPL fan too, but I just can't get mad about putting Cruise in this spot. He's a talented actor, just a bit of a flake.

My thought is the more "big name" and "epic" this becomes, AS LONG AS GDT DOESN'T DIVERT FROM THE STORY, will bring more and more people in touch with HPL and that is a good thing.
I'm a huge HPL fan too, but I just can't get mad about putting Cruise in this spot. He's a talented actor, just a bit of a flake.

My thought is the more "big name" and "epic" this becomes, AS LONG AS GDT DOESN'T DIVERT FROM THE STORY, will bring more and more people in touch with HPL and that is a good thing.
6:00AM on 09/03/2010
Sounds good to me, I actually like and root for Tom Cruise.
Sounds good to me, I actually like and root for Tom Cruise.
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5:21AM on 09/03/2010
Cruise would probably be great in this, only problem is he probably believes it's all true =D.
Cruise would probably be great in this, only problem is he probably believes it's all true =D.
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4:39AM on 09/03/2010

Fuck no

Not the fucking Scientologist, please don't go down that path
Not the fucking Scientologist, please don't go down that path
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4:51AM on 09/03/2010
When are people going to start separating his religious views with his profession!? That's such an idiotic thing to say!!
When are people going to start separating his religious views with his profession!? That's such an idiotic thing to say!!
5:03AM on 09/03/2010
you don't want him in the film cause he's a scientologist ? you're a fucking prick douchebag go rot in hell.
you don't want him in the film cause he's a scientologist ? you're a fucking prick douchebag go rot in hell.
6:26AM on 09/03/2010
"religious views" - Scientology may be afforded the tax status of a religion but it most certainly is not a viable one. Indeed, it's my own view that the world must remove it's shackles from all organised religion and embrace enlightenment through knowledge and exploration. But hey, that's just me. As it is, I like Tom Cruise (the actor). However, when he is undoubtedly a public figure head for an evil exploitative and frankly insane organisation I can fully understand and sympathise with those
"religious views" - Scientology may be afforded the tax status of a religion but it most certainly is not a viable one. Indeed, it's my own view that the world must remove it's shackles from all organised religion and embrace enlightenment through knowledge and exploration. But hey, that's just me. As it is, I like Tom Cruise (the actor). However, when he is undoubtedly a public figure head for an evil exploitative and frankly insane organisation I can fully understand and sympathise with those who choose not to seperate the two.
2:39AM on 09/03/2010
this sounds really cool! I'm interested.
this sounds really cool! I'm interested.
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1:18AM on 09/03/2010

Wow

I didn't realize that Cruise is actually older than del Toro, anyhow this project has potential to be all kinds of awesome, count me in.
I didn't realize that Cruise is actually older than del Toro, anyhow this project has potential to be all kinds of awesome, count me in.
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12:41AM on 09/03/2010
Tom Cruise over James Mcavoy anyday for me. I love Cruise's work and I don't care about his views, it's as simple as that. I really liked him in Knight and Day and I caught The Last Samurai the other day on Cinemax.. been a while since I saw that.. wow.. he owned.
Tom Cruise over James Mcavoy anyday for me. I love Cruise's work and I don't care about his views, it's as simple as that. I really liked him in Knight and Day and I caught The Last Samurai the other day on Cinemax.. been a while since I saw that.. wow.. he owned.
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12:41AM on 09/03/2010
this film will be incredible. so much awesome talent on board. i am curious to see if this sparks a future relation between cameron and cruise.
this film will be incredible. so much awesome talent on board. i am curious to see if this sparks a future relation between cameron and cruise.
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12:09AM on 09/03/2010
Take Cameron out of it and I'm doown with that.
Take Cameron out of it and I'm doown with that.
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12:40AM on 09/03/2010
that would be stupid. what the fuck would make you think that would make this better in anyway?!
that would be stupid. what the fuck would make you think that would make this better in anyway?!
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11:25PM on 09/02/2010

TOm

WIerd or not, Cruise is still a great actor.
WIerd or not, Cruise is still a great actor.
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11:15PM on 09/02/2010

Love it!

This would make me very happy indeed. Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
This would make me very happy indeed. Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
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11:14PM on 09/02/2010

I'm Cool with This

I never jumped on the anti-Cruise bandwagon. I can easily see him in this role and nailing it - essentially it requires him to look scared shitless and woeful, some narration and the ability to run the fuck away really really fast.
I never jumped on the anti-Cruise bandwagon. I can easily see him in this role and nailing it - essentially it requires him to look scared shitless and woeful, some narration and the ability to run the fuck away really really fast.
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11:00PM on 09/02/2010

holy shit

James Cameron as producer, G.D.T. as director, and Tom Cruise as the lead ? This sounds almost too good to be true. This simply cannot fail.
James Cameron as producer, G.D.T. as director, and Tom Cruise as the lead ? This sounds almost too good to be true. This simply cannot fail.
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10:47PM on 09/02/2010
Del Toro = Imagination... Cameron = Budget + Know-how ... Cruise = Star power ...


actually , Cruise or anyone else ... i love Lovecraft ... just do it and dont scrap it !
Del Toro = Imagination... Cameron = Budget + Know-how ... Cruise = Star power ...


actually , Cruise or anyone else ... i love Lovecraft ... just do it and dont scrap it !
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10:46PM on 09/02/2010
I'd want someone with less of a banner face to be in this movie.
I'd want someone with less of a banner face to be in this movie.
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12:42AM on 09/03/2010
no matter what you say you're getting the thumbs down aren't ya? lol
no matter what you say you're getting the thumbs down aren't ya? lol
12:48AM on 09/03/2010
i tried to tell everyone this guy is fucking retarded i don't know why he says anything.
i tried to tell everyone this guy is fucking retarded i don't know why he says anything.
3:20AM on 09/03/2010
LMAO that was f*cking hilarious Jeff but Terminal...I know whatyou mean but like they said, it's going to be a HUGE Summer Horror blockbuster... I love the idea that it's Tom Cruise, he's actually one of my favorite actors, if not the favorite... But I hope this goes down
LMAO that was f*cking hilarious Jeff but Terminal...I know whatyou mean but like they said, it's going to be a HUGE Summer Horror blockbuster... I love the idea that it's Tom Cruise, he's actually one of my favorite actors, if not the favorite... But I hope this goes down
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10:46PM on 09/02/2010
Take Cameron out of it and I'm doown with that.
Take Cameron out of it and I'm doown with that.
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12:45AM on 09/03/2010
cameron is the one factor that in that equation that would guarantee it to be awesome
cameron is the one factor that in that equation that would guarantee it to be awesome
10:42PM on 09/02/2010
Lovecraft = Amazing. Del Toro making Lovecraft movie = Freaking amazing. Tom Cruise in a Lovecraft movie made by Del Toro = I guess we'll find out.
Lovecraft = Amazing. Del Toro making Lovecraft movie = Freaking amazing. Tom Cruise in a Lovecraft movie made by Del Toro = I guess we'll find out.
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12:01PM on 09/03/2010
Exactly my feelings.
Exactly my feelings.
10:40PM on 09/02/2010
Cameron, Del Toro and Cruise making a big budget 3-D blockbuster is a dream come true. Count me in.
Cameron, Del Toro and Cruise making a big budget 3-D blockbuster is a dream come true. Count me in.
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