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Guillermo del Toro updates us on At the Mountains of Madness

07.11.2014
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Guillermo del Toro is a busy a man as of late, and that's only going to benefit us in the end. Currently, he's in post-production on his haunted house flick CRIMSON PEAK, which stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, and Jessica Chastain. While it was initially set for an April 2015 release, it looks like it may have been pushed back to October 16, 2015 to take advantage of the Halloween season. Meanwhile, we know Guillermo will be gearing up to go into pre-production for PACIFIC RIM 2 this fall, and possibly shooting a small black and white film before actual production on RIM 2 starts! Whew!

So where does that leave AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS? If you recall, del Toro was all set to shoot this R-rated endeavor with Tom Cruise in the lead. In the end, the studio coudldn't justify spending so much money on a product they couldn't market to teens and del Toro backed off, not wanting to compromise his vision. Del Toro hasn't forgotten though, and it's possible he may have found a compromise that will fit everyone's needs.

In regards to whether or not that cut will be PG-13 or R:

That’s actually exactly what I’m thinking. The way I’m thinking is, PG-13 goes a long way. It’s not that the novel is graphic, but people forget that there are crucial elements in the novel that are pretty horrific. Like the human autopsy, you know? I think that’s a dark moment. So what I would like to do is shoot it, as dark as it is, in an unrated cut and a PG-13 cut. Ideally they would be released simultaneously if that’s at all possible. We could release one in a certain format and the other in a different format with the hopes that we can offer more intense moments in one cut and equally intense moments but without graphic content in the other cut. Lovecraft was famous for suggestion, and a lot of the piece can suggest, but there are [certain moments] you need to show. Part of it is budget, part of it is rating. The one thing I’ll say is that at this stage for me, Mountains is not made. So I’d rather make it in a way that doesn’t compromise the content, or not do it. And, in the last few years, what has changed is that I’ve seen PG-13 films that are very intense. For me LIFE OF PI, the first 25 minutes of that movie were really very intense with the violence on the boat and the sinking. I came to think, “you know what? It is possible to go to places that are intense but still have a strong appeal for a rating.” That, I think, is the main thing that changed.

As far as when he might shoot MOUNTAINS:

The only thing I know is that I have two studios that like the project very much, which is Universal and Legendary. Legendary came very close to financing and Universal came famously close to financing and we were very much getting there. So I think that there’s a chance we’re still keeping it alive. What normally happens is I have stacks and stacks of beautiful designs. I have 30, 40, 50 pieces of key art. I have maquettes. I have concept art. I have hundreds of storyboards. And of all the things that have gone undone so far, the one that I would most like to share with the world is Mountains.

It's easy to see del Toro's passion in every film he makes, so I'm happy that he's still on board to give us a MOUNTAINS film. Either way, Guillermo undoubtedly would have garnered some serious box office success if he waited around to direct those Hobbit films, but he followed is heart and that lead him to what we'll be seeing within the next 3 or so years, which I can't help but respect.

CRIMSON PEAK is scheduled for an October 16, 2015 release.

Things are looking a little Tim Burton-esque on the set of CRIMSON PEAK, no?

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Source: Collider

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6:47PM on 07/14/2014
...so are we still going to be stuck with Tom Cruise's narcoleptic stylings or not?
...so are we still going to be stuck with Tom Cruise's narcoleptic stylings or not?
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6:55PM on 07/11/2014
I would love to see this movie, especially his version of it - probably more than any of his other projects (except Hellboy 3 - does that count?), but I'm not for simultaneous release of like a pg-13 and R of any film. What's the point? I understand the intended point, but I think that the filmmaker clearly prefers one version of the film, and if he prefers it so much that he can't compromise some of the things to make a ratings drop, why be behind making it, or puting it out there? I'd also
I would love to see this movie, especially his version of it - probably more than any of his other projects (except Hellboy 3 - does that count?), but I'm not for simultaneous release of like a pg-13 and R of any film. What's the point? I understand the intended point, but I think that the filmmaker clearly prefers one version of the film, and if he prefers it so much that he can't compromise some of the things to make a ratings drop, why be behind making it, or puting it out there? I'd also like for someone to really look into R rated movies. Do theatres check IDs now? Redbox and netflix and HBO don't...

He should wait and see how his haunted house movie does. If he it does well, I'd think a studio would give him $100 mill for this, especially if one is backing PF2.
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6:01PM on 07/11/2014
If he manages to pull off releasing both versions simultaneously (kinda like a theater having a 3D film and a 2D version I'm guessing) it would truly be groundbreaking and would pave the way for other movies to do the same. (I'm staring at you Die Hard, Expendables, and Terminator -_-)
If he manages to pull off releasing both versions simultaneously (kinda like a theater having a 3D film and a 2D version I'm guessing) it would truly be groundbreaking and would pave the way for other movies to do the same. (I'm staring at you Die Hard, Expendables, and Terminator -_-)
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3:59PM on 07/11/2014

He shouldn't let the big wigs push him around.

If Guillermo Del Toro wants to do a R rated adaptation of Lovecraft, producers and distributors should be flinging money at the guy. What one of his movies hasn't broken records and made 10x its budgets across the world??

The guy makes great movies, his R rated movies actually do better than his PG-13 ones (Blade II made more money than either Hellboy movie... Only Pacific Rim beat Blade 2)
If Guillermo Del Toro wants to do a R rated adaptation of Lovecraft, producers and distributors should be flinging money at the guy. What one of his movies hasn't broken records and made 10x its budgets across the world??

The guy makes great movies, his R rated movies actually do better than his PG-13 ones (Blade II made more money than either Hellboy movie... Only Pacific Rim beat Blade 2)
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12:19PM on 07/11/2014
Im confident all the crappy "blockbuster" movies he has been making are to help him build finance for this film. Its really the only GDT film I am eagerly anticipating, I know he will do the story justice!
Im confident all the crappy "blockbuster" movies he has been making are to help him build finance for this film. Its really the only GDT film I am eagerly anticipating, I know he will do the story justice!
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11:36AM on 07/11/2014
Well here's hoping Crimson Peaks makes GOBS of money.
Well here's hoping Crimson Peaks makes GOBS of money.
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