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Guillermo del Toro talks At the Mountains of Madness

09.14.2010
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For years, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has been trying to make his dream project, an adaptation of HP Lovecraft's arctic terror tale AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. And while it's closer (thanks to Universal and producer James Cameron), it's still a dream.

As del Toro tells Deadline: "We are not green lit, we are still budgeting and designing, and we are partners on this. I believe in my heart we are going to be making this movie in June of next year. We are budgeting the creatures and met with Spectral Motion and ILM, where Dennis Muren told me the sweetest words ever when he said, no one has ever seen monsters like this. That was truly one of the highlights of my fat life, a demigod like Muren saying that."

At least he sounds confident, as should an award-winning filmmaker with history's highest grossing director in his corner. As for how the 3D aspects will be incorporated, GdT says "It’s hard to say without spoiling it. The way the creatures are rendered and done is going to bring forth an aspect of Lovecraft that has not been done on live action films. Part of my speech was, I’m putting all the chips I have accumulated in 20 years as a director, betting them on a single number.  This is not just a movie and then move on to the next. It’s do or die time for me."

The filmmaker also addresses the script draft that's been the subject of recent online reviews ("The screenplay that is on the internet is an old screenplay, and the one I gave to Jim and Universal is different") and talks about his director's cut of the giant insect film MIMIC: "It’s not exactly the movie I wanted to do, but it definitely healed a lot of wounds. As soon as Miramax goes one way or the other as a company, those DVDs will come out. I am happy with the cut."

You should check out the whole interview, where del Toro also cheerfully and candidly offers his opinions on producing, monsters, the state of specialty films, and of the risks being taken by certain filmmakers today.

Extra Tidbit: Hearing del Toro's talk about his unique creatures for MOUNTAINS makes it pretty easy for me to forget he was even making THE HOBBIT...
Source: Deadline

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12:08PM on 09/15/2010
as much as i'm over the whole 3D thing (with a few exceptions) this movie could actually make the most of it in any film ever. the key idea behind lovecraft's "monsters" is that they are an "indescribable horror". we know the gist of what they're supposed to look like, but what is conveyed in his writing is that they're nothing like anything we've ever seen before. they're interdimensional, have non-euclidean geometry, etc. i think they might be able to use cameron's 3D tech to pull off
as much as i'm over the whole 3D thing (with a few exceptions) this movie could actually make the most of it in any film ever. the key idea behind lovecraft's "monsters" is that they are an "indescribable horror". we know the gist of what they're supposed to look like, but what is conveyed in his writing is that they're nothing like anything we've ever seen before. they're interdimensional, have non-euclidean geometry, etc. i think they might be able to use cameron's 3D tech to pull off something like this. playing with fore- and backgrounds, parts of the monsters only visible at certain times through each lens, etc. throw in some low-frequency sound and you could have one hell of an unsettling monster movie.
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6:48AM on 09/15/2010

Story is incredible...

...if the script isn't pretty damned close to the story, this could become an epic fail.

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I hope it opens, like the book, in a frantic interview..."you can't go to Antarctica!"...and flashes back to tell the story.

As for the monsters....there's really only two types (not counting the Penguins) to worry about, so they'd better get them right.
...if the script isn't pretty damned close to the story, this could become an epic fail.

Minor Spoilers below



I hope it opens, like the book, in a frantic interview..."you can't go to Antarctica!"...and flashes back to tell the story.

As for the monsters....there's really only two types (not counting the Penguins) to worry about, so they'd better get them right.
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2:18AM on 09/15/2010

Script.

If the movie made is anywhere near the script leaked online it's going to be fucking amazing. Reads like JC's The Thing + Fleischer's 20K Leagues Under the Sea, which works extremely well.
If the movie made is anywhere near the script leaked online it's going to be fucking amazing. Reads like JC's The Thing + Fleischer's 20K Leagues Under the Sea, which works extremely well.
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1:31AM on 09/15/2010

Great - Bring it!

I'm happy that there is a new script. What I read about the first one didn't sound too good. Looking forward to see this and the director's cut of mimic (by the way: Robert Rodriguez was the second unit director of "Mimic")
I'm happy that there is a new script. What I read about the first one didn't sound too good. Looking forward to see this and the director's cut of mimic (by the way: Robert Rodriguez was the second unit director of "Mimic")
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12:25AM on 09/15/2010
Glad to hear this movie is moving along and that Del Toro is doing what he does best, making movies. With all the excitement from this movie, I am glad that he is not doing The Hobbit. He would have done a great job, but as a fan of his, I'll survive.

Still want him to do a Hellboy 3. The first two are wonderful storytelling and visually fantastic movies. After the cliffhanger of Hellboy 2, he needs to give the Big Red Guy a fitting close.
Glad to hear this movie is moving along and that Del Toro is doing what he does best, making movies. With all the excitement from this movie, I am glad that he is not doing The Hobbit. He would have done a great job, but as a fan of his, I'll survive.

Still want him to do a Hellboy 3. The first two are wonderful storytelling and visually fantastic movies. After the cliffhanger of Hellboy 2, he needs to give the Big Red Guy a fitting close.
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12:19AM on 09/15/2010

A genius story & Director wait,

and elsewhere plans are being made to make Scary Movie 9. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go stick my head in the oven.
and elsewhere plans are being made to make Scary Movie 9. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go stick my head in the oven.
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12:15AM on 09/15/2010

Seriously

This is sounding f*cking EPIC


I mean C'mon, he said it's do or die time for himself ... That's pretty Badass
This is sounding f*cking EPIC


I mean C'mon, he said it's do or die time for himself ... That's pretty Badass
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