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Guillermo Del Toro says At the Mountains of Madness is dead, thanks to Prometheus

May. 7, 2012by: Alex Maidy

I did not expect to see a negative side to Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS, but apparently this is it.

According to Guillermo Del Toro, PROMETHEUS is the direct and likely culprit for the demise of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, based on the H.P. Lovecraft Cthulhu mythos novel. Speaking on the message board of his official website (how cool is that?), Del Toro had this to say.

Prometheus started filming a while ago- right at the time we were in preproduction on PACIFIC RIM. The title itself gave me pause- knowing that ALIEN was heavily influenced by Lovecraft and his novella.

This time, decades later with the budget and place Ridley Scott occupied, I assumed the greek metaphor alluded at the creation aspects of the HPL book. I believe I am right and if so, as a fan, I am delighted to see a new RS science fiction film, but this will probably mark a long pause -if not the demise- of ATMOM.

The sad part is- I have been pursuing ATMOM for over a decade now- and, well, after HELLBOY II two projects I dearly loved were not brought to fruition for me.

The good part is: One project did… And I am loving it and grateful for the blessings I have received.

So then the question obviously comes up: what about PROMETHEUS prevents AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS from being filmed? Del Toro explained:

Same premise. Scenes that would be almost identical. Both movies seem to share identical set pieces and the exact same BIG REVELATION (twist) at the end. I won’t spoil it.

I have not read AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS in years, but from what I do remember, this is awesome news. If you have never read the Lovecraft novel you may want to hold off until after PROMETHEUS is released. To me, this is the most ringing endorsement possible for Ridley Scott's film. Hopefully we may see Del Toro return to the material in a few years, but until then we can hold out for PACIFIC RIM.

Source: Del Toro Films

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9:00PM on 05/09/2012

Little Hispanic Girl: "Why can't we have both?"

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2:24AM on 05/09/2012

Uhh..

That's like saying you can't film Homer's "The Odyssey" because the Coen Brothers made "O Brother Where Art Thou"
That's like saying you can't film Homer's "The Odyssey" because the Coen Brothers made "O Brother Where Art Thou"
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2:18AM on 05/09/2012

Hold up...

ATMOM got waylaid because the studio thought it would be too expensive, and he didn't get to make the Hobbit because the studio stalled for so long that they ran out his contract. Fuck, even James Cameron told him he was never going to be able to film it.

For every film that gets greenlit and sees the light of production, a hundred others either reside in development hell, get delayed because an actor/director has something come up or their scripts collect dust. Give the man a break. He
ATMOM got waylaid because the studio thought it would be too expensive, and he didn't get to make the Hobbit because the studio stalled for so long that they ran out his contract. Fuck, even James Cameron told him he was never going to be able to film it.

For every film that gets greenlit and sees the light of production, a hundred others either reside in development hell, get delayed because an actor/director has something come up or their scripts collect dust. Give the man a break. He wants to do these amazing, unique and startling films but he can't pay for every single one. Someone has to step in and finance. Maybe because his films are so weird and unique that maybe that's the reason why studios don't want to dump $50 million in something that's "unique" or has a niche audience, or isn't easily marketable and other words studios use to not move forward with certain types of films.


There are lots of directors who I would label whiners and pre-madonnas, Guillermo is not one of them. He made elegant shoe-string budget films in the Mexican film industry. You don't get as far as he has through that particular industry by being a whiner.

When he isn't getting a film made in Hollywood, its because of Hollywood.
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10:39PM on 05/08/2012

And....

Why is any of this stoping him, you have a lot of cash produce it make it yourself, it doesn't need lavish effects look at all the indie films that have been coming out shows you can do so much with so little. I say stay with it. We are all behind you, we all want to see this film :)
Why is any of this stoping him, you have a lot of cash produce it make it yourself, it doesn't need lavish effects look at all the indie films that have been coming out shows you can do so much with so little. I say stay with it. We are all behind you, we all want to see this film :)
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1:44PM on 05/08/2012
A film has yet to come out that fully captured that turn of the [link] Lovecraft vibe. I guess we'll have to wait longer.....maybe forever.
A film has yet to come out that fully captured that turn of the [link] Lovecraft vibe. I guess we'll have to wait longer.....maybe forever.
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9:43AM on 05/08/2012
Armageddon/Deep Impact. Volcano/Dante's Peak. Jaws/Croctopus. Make em both and let the audience decide which to love/loathe, love/love or loathe/loathe.
And yeah, HB3 ASAP!
Armageddon/Deep Impact. Volcano/Dante's Peak. Jaws/Croctopus. Make em both and let the audience decide which to love/loathe, love/love or loathe/loathe.
And yeah, HB3 ASAP!
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9:34AM on 05/08/2012

Del Toro needs...

...to quit his bitching. He always seems to have a dozen reasons why his amazing game-changing films will never be made. Frankly, I felt like he was getting a tough break for a while, but its just happened way too much for me.
...to quit his bitching. He always seems to have a dozen reasons why his amazing game-changing films will never be made. Frankly, I felt like he was getting a tough break for a while, but its just happened way too much for me.
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7:19AM on 05/08/2012

Sucks...

Would rather have had the ORIGINAL ATMOM made, than an unnecessary prequel to Alien which apparently rips off ATMOM :(
Would rather have had the ORIGINAL ATMOM made, than an unnecessary prequel to Alien which apparently rips off ATMOM :(
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1:59AM on 05/08/2012
That's a shame. Not sure why people are giving Del Toro a hard time. The guy makes good movies when he gets them done, but I think he should still follow through with ATMOM. Okay, so MAYBE the two films have similarities, but so what? People will watch the movie and I would imagine it would be pretty damn good, just like so many of his other movies. I imagine both would be good, despite similarities. And if it's really that bad, try and mold the script to veer away from Prometheus. If it's
That's a shame. Not sure why people are giving Del Toro a hard time. The guy makes good movies when he gets them done, but I think he should still follow through with ATMOM. Okay, so MAYBE the two films have similarities, but so what? People will watch the movie and I would imagine it would be pretty damn good, just like so many of his other movies. I imagine both would be good, despite similarities. And if it's really that bad, try and mold the script to veer away from Prometheus. If it's really that much of a passion project, why throw it away?
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1:28AM on 05/08/2012
He should of worked on Hellboy 3. It would already be here by now if he didn't decide to do a dozen other projects instead of finishing the trilogy.
He should of worked on Hellboy 3. It would already be here by now if he didn't decide to do a dozen other projects instead of finishing the trilogy.
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12:35AM on 05/08/2012

GDT=Coward

Always with the high powered yack but never the guts to back anything up. I'm amazed he's even made a single movie. What a mommas boy wuss.
Always with the high powered yack but never the guts to back anything up. I'm amazed he's even made a single movie. What a mommas boy wuss.
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10:04PM on 05/07/2012

Nothing much to say...

...but this sucks.
...but this sucks.
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9:30PM on 05/07/2012

oh come on Guillermo...

for the sake of not repeating myself this is what I had to say about this... here ---> [link]
for the sake of not repeating myself this is what I had to say about this... here ---> [link]
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8:37PM on 05/07/2012
I never thought about the similarities of Prometheus, the film, to At the Mountains of Madness until now, but seriously, I don't care. Del Toro is notorious for committing to a dozen projects and only one or two actually get made.
I never thought about the similarities of Prometheus, the film, to At the Mountains of Madness until now, but seriously, I don't care. Del Toro is notorious for committing to a dozen projects and only one or two actually get made.
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7:28PM on 05/07/2012
Del Toro seems to imply he has either read the script or has inside knowledge to the plot of Prometheus, all the way up to the ending. If this is true, he's kind of a dick for opening his mouth in regards to the ending, (as well as other ATMOM similarities.) Couldn't he have waited a month to say this?
Del Toro seems to imply he has either read the script or has inside knowledge to the plot of Prometheus, all the way up to the ending. If this is true, he's kind of a dick for opening his mouth in regards to the ending, (as well as other ATMOM similarities.) Couldn't he have waited a month to say this?
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8:20PM on 05/07/2012
It wasn't exactly a secret. I think early on the official premise included a line (paraphrase) 'humans traverse the universe in search of humanities origins'. If you can't interpret the inference there, the I don't know what to say to you fella. But as someone read an early draft of ATMOM, GDT making a mountain out of a mole hill. They're different enough to justify both existing.
It wasn't exactly a secret. I think early on the official premise included a line (paraphrase) 'humans traverse the universe in search of humanities origins'. If you can't interpret the inference there, the I don't know what to say to you fella. But as someone read an early draft of ATMOM, GDT making a mountain out of a mole hill. They're different enough to justify both existing.
8:40PM on 05/07/2012
Yeah...we all are well aware what Prometheus is about, friendo. What we have seen and read so far leaves much room for surprises, but Del Toro implying many similarities between ATMOM and Prometheus , including the ending, can potentially ruin much of, if not most, of the films plot for fans who have read Lovecraft's ATMOM.
Yeah...we all are well aware what Prometheus is about, friendo. What we have seen and read so far leaves much room for surprises, but Del Toro implying many similarities between ATMOM and Prometheus , including the ending, can potentially ruin much of, if not most, of the films plot for fans who have read Lovecraft's ATMOM.
7:17PM on 05/07/2012
That's just Del Toro finding a good excuse for another project he wants to let go.
That's just Del Toro finding a good excuse for another project he wants to let go.
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7:01PM on 05/07/2012
I don't see how it would kill the movie from being made. Studios get off on movies that are similar to one another & especially if Prometheus is a huge hit. Del Toro is known for hinting at huge projects & then dropping out of them & letting them die.
I don't see how it would kill the movie from being made. Studios get off on movies that are similar to one another & especially if Prometheus is a huge hit. Del Toro is known for hinting at huge projects & then dropping out of them & letting them die.
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7:07PM on 05/07/2012
Yea. How come we're getting a Spiderman "reboot" only a few years after one series ended? That's not a similar story, it's actually the same damn story!
Yea. How come we're getting a Spiderman "reboot" only a few years after one series ended? That's not a similar story, it's actually the same damn story!
7:00PM on 05/07/2012
So Prometheus isn't as original as we thought. Sucks to hear that it rips off ATMOM. Now I pretty much already know exactly what to expect.
So Prometheus isn't as original as we thought. Sucks to hear that it rips off ATMOM. Now I pretty much already know exactly what to expect.
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6:11PM on 05/07/2012
This is a bummer for Del Toro, whose work I am a fan of. However, Sir Ridley returning to the science fiction genre overshadows any and all related film projects.
This is a bummer for Del Toro, whose work I am a fan of. However, Sir Ridley returning to the science fiction genre overshadows any and all related film projects.
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5:58PM on 05/07/2012
If "At The Mountains of Madness" had to die in order for "Prometheus" to live, so be it. This one is much more important.
If "At The Mountains of Madness" had to die in order for "Prometheus" to live, so be it. This one is much more important.
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5:44PM on 05/07/2012
GDT has had a million ideas that he has sat on while only a few have come to fruition. No one else's fault that he hesitates on big time projects in favor of independent foreign language movies
GDT has had a million ideas that he has sat on while only a few have come to fruition. No one else's fault that he hesitates on big time projects in favor of independent foreign language movies
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5:47PM on 05/07/2012
He only PRODUCES those independent foreign films...
He only PRODUCES those independent foreign films...
6:59PM on 05/07/2012
Apparently that's enough to keep his plate full, considering he hasn't directed a movie in 4 years.

He's supposed to have all these great ideas and such a vision, yet in the past ten years, all he's directed is Blade 2, the Hellboys, (all adapted), and Pan's Labyrinth (an independent foreign language film). And that's not a knock to his talent - he does have great vision. But shit or get off the pot, buddy
Apparently that's enough to keep his plate full, considering he hasn't directed a movie in 4 years.

He's supposed to have all these great ideas and such a vision, yet in the past ten years, all he's directed is Blade 2, the Hellboys, (all adapted), and Pan's Labyrinth (an independent foreign language film). And that's not a knock to his talent - he does have great vision. But shit or get off the pot, buddy
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5:23PM on 05/07/2012
If Prometheus does well, wouldn't that be an advantage for AtMoM? Sort of a proof of concept that dark, intelligent, R-rated sci-fi can be financially feasible?
If Prometheus does well, wouldn't that be an advantage for AtMoM? Sort of a proof of concept that dark, intelligent, R-rated sci-fi can be financially feasible?
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5:59PM on 05/07/2012
my thoughts exactly, if Promethesus bombs i could understand it killing Del Toro's project but if it does well it will prove theres a market for this kind've movie.
my thoughts exactly, if Promethesus bombs i could understand it killing Del Toro's project but if it does well it will prove theres a market for this kind've movie.
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