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Guillermo del Toro promises Mountains of Madness will still happen

Jun. 28, 2011by: Mike Sampson

Many people, including us, were disappointed when Guillermo del Toro's passion project AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS fell apart at Universal after the studio had concerns about the rising costs and the film's R-rating. But the director says that MADNESS is, after all, his passion project and he's not going to let it go quite so easily.

"I'm not giving up," del Toro said yesterday while promoting DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK. "MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS has been with me for 13, 14 years and I really donít want to give up on it...the way I plan to do it is a very peculiar take, and I think if I donít stick with it the version I would like to see would never get made."

This, however, doesn't mean that del Toro will make many, if any, concessions to whatever studio finally agrees to finance the film. He still believes that his vision for MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS could be PG-13 as his script features no profanity or sexual situations.

The good news is that del Toro insists despite their differences, Universal still very much wants to make MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS (it was, after all, a James Cameron-produced film starring Tom Cruise). "Coming out of PACIFIC RIM, I intend to see if we can do it immediately."

Source: LA Times

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9:25AM on 06/28/2011
It's now at the point where Guillermo del Toro's promises are no longer news.
It's now at the point where Guillermo del Toro's promises are no longer news.
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10:28AM on 06/28/2011
I can see Universal's point. Del Toro's movies don't make money and dumping 250 million into a gamble is a giant giant risk. I'm not sure why Mountains needs to be so expensive, the original story is very simple and only involves a few characters. It would have to be an R but I don't know why they cant make it for cheap like Predators. Anyway, I doubt any of his projects will get made.
I can see Universal's point. Del Toro's movies don't make money and dumping 250 million into a gamble is a giant giant risk. I'm not sure why Mountains needs to be so expensive, the original story is very simple and only involves a few characters. It would have to be an R but I don't know why they cant make it for cheap like Predators. Anyway, I doubt any of his projects will get made.
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2:26PM on 06/28/2011
Excellent! Let's hope Tom Cruise is still attached to it when they start shooting the movie.
Excellent! Let's hope Tom Cruise is still attached to it when they start shooting the movie.
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4:43PM on 06/28/2011
Too bad, other than Mountains of Madness Hellboy 3 was the only Del Toro I was looking forward to.
Too bad, other than Mountains of Madness Hellboy 3 was the only Del Toro I was looking forward to.
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1:03AM on 06/29/2011
i'm with jj. Anything Del Toro says he is going to do doesn't mean much any more. Will just have to wait till filming starts to get excited for any of his projects.
i'm with jj. Anything Del Toro says he is going to do doesn't mean much any more. Will just have to wait till filming starts to get excited for any of his projects.
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