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10.14.2010

Guillermo del Toro is deep in preproduction on AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, his upcoming action-horror film produced by James Cameron but that's not stopping rival projects from trying to steal his interest. Latino Review is reporting that Legendary Pictures (THE DARK KNIGHT, INCEPTION) has offered del Toro the directing gig on their upcoming GODZILLA remake.

Now being offered the project and actually accepting the offer and two completely different things. But if Legendary is serious enough to draw up an offer sheet for del Toro's reps despite his work on MADNESS, they've made it clear he's the guy they want. Latino is reporting that Legendary's version of GODZILLA is actually based off an existing spec script titled PACIFIC RIM that will be rejiggered to include Godzilla and his monsters. (And if del Toro actually did get involved, he'd likely rejigger it further.)

For what it's worth, HitFix contacted Guillermo himself who said, "I am not involved in GODZILLA at all." But in all fairness, Bradley Cooper also flat out denied rumors he would be in THE A-TEAM and look what happened there. It's very possible del Toro's reps just received the offer last night and it hadn't trickled down to the man himself yet. Whatever the case, we'll find out more info soon and see if GODZILLA is yet another project on Guillermo's packed plate.

Extra Tidbit: Guillermo should just start up his own film studio at this point.
Source: Latino Review

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9:05AM on 10/14/2010

could be...

intersting if he in fact does take the gig. I'd actually give 2(or 3)shits about the film then. Del Toro is the man...
intersting if he in fact does take the gig. I'd actually give 2(or 3)shits about the film then. Del Toro is the man...
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9:11AM on 10/14/2010
Wow this would be good if he takes the offer.
Wow this would be good if he takes the offer.
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10:51AM on 10/14/2010
I love Del Toro and I love Godzilla, but no, I don't think they are a good match here. Del Toro is better used on something like Lovecraft where his ability to craft amazing tentacle creatures is legendary. Here, his talent would be wasted as they already have a Godzilla design. All Godzilla needs is a someone with attention to detail and the ability to direct good actors in a great way. Del Toro has those qualities for sure, but he also brings far more to the table that would be best
I love Del Toro and I love Godzilla, but no, I don't think they are a good match here. Del Toro is better used on something like Lovecraft where his ability to craft amazing tentacle creatures is legendary. Here, his talent would be wasted as they already have a Godzilla design. All Godzilla needs is a someone with attention to detail and the ability to direct good actors in a great way. Del Toro has those qualities for sure, but he also brings far more to the table that would be best utilized on a film where is full creative juices could flow freely.

IOW, there are many great directors that could do Godzilla justice, but only Del Toro can do Mountains of Madness.
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3:28PM on 10/14/2010
Hate to say it but you have a mighty fine point.
Hate to say it but you have a mighty fine point.
10:56AM on 10/14/2010

Phew, that was a close one.


For a second there I thought we'd go the entire week without Del Toro's name being attached to another project.

For a second there I thought we'd go the entire week without Del Toro's name being attached to another project.
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11:44AM on 10/14/2010
He's got too much on his plate but I applaud Legendary for going there. Since Matt Reeves isn't on Superman and Neil Blomkamp doesn't seem to be doing so much I think they should offer it to those two next. Although to be honest, I would be down for a Spike Jonze Godzilla as well.
He's got too much on his plate but I applaud Legendary for going there. Since Matt Reeves isn't on Superman and Neil Blomkamp doesn't seem to be doing so much I think they should offer it to those two next. Although to be honest, I would be down for a Spike Jonze Godzilla as well.
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12:05PM on 10/14/2010
You mean Neill Blomkamp? Last I heard he was writing an original science fiction script called ELYSIUM, for him to direct.
You mean Neill Blomkamp? Last I heard he was writing an original science fiction script called ELYSIUM, for him to direct.
12:37PM on 10/14/2010
I have a new rule: Don't read anything further about Del Toro unless it is his name in the credits of one of HIS movies. I'm getting tired of projects the guy may be attached to. i like him but it's getting ridiculous.
I have a new rule: Don't read anything further about Del Toro unless it is his name in the credits of one of HIS movies. I'm getting tired of projects the guy may be attached to. i like him but it's getting ridiculous.
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6:03PM on 10/14/2010
It'd be cool, but I highly doubt this is true.
It'd be cool, but I highly doubt this is true.
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11:00PM on 10/14/2010
Dude I really hope this rumors to come true. If there's one man in this world capable of clashing big monsters like if they were in a hell in a cell match is del Toro. He can make Emmerich's Godzilla looks like a fuckin angry Barney.
Dude I really hope this rumors to come true. If there's one man in this world capable of clashing big monsters like if they were in a hell in a cell match is del Toro. He can make Emmerich's Godzilla looks like a fuckin angry Barney.
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4:56AM on 10/15/2010
At The Mountains of Madness, please.
At The Mountains of Madness, please.
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5:29AM on 10/15/2010
Hey, I have that comic with that Godzilla picture used in the article.
It wasn't very good.
Hey, I have that comic with that Godzilla picture used in the article.
It wasn't very good.
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3:00AM on 10/16/2010

I spoke to Del Toro tonight about this.

He's involved with a feature called "Pacific Rim", not "Godzilla". Both features are owned by the same rightsholder and are being currently developed, hence the confusion.

Mention "Mountains of Madness" to him though and he lights up like a Christmas tree.
He's involved with a feature called "Pacific Rim", not "Godzilla". Both features are owned by the same rightsholder and are being currently developed, hence the confusion.

Mention "Mountains of Madness" to him though and he lights up like a Christmas tree.
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