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UPDATE: At The Mountains Of Madness still trying to get going, Guillermo Del Toro might do Pacific Rim

03.08.2011

UPDATE - Criterion Cast got in touch with Guillermo del Toro who confirmed what we all feared. AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS is "dead." While Guillermo didn't speak to it directly, I've heard that Universal officially passed on the film this past Friday. Will it ever happen again? Possible but given del Toro's many fingers in many different pies, I would guess he'll just move on, shoot PACIFIC RIM and leave MADNESS behind.

AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS is having a hard time. The damn thing has been trying to get greenlit at Universal for some time now. Today io9 reported that the film would be filming in June with Tom Cruise. This info came in an email from producer Don Murphy.

This is not the case. HitFix thought that they would send Guillermo Del Toro and Murphy a congrats email. Murphy replied back with this official statement to HitFix:

"We are all trying to get Mountains up and running with Tom and Jim and everybody but no start date has been set AT ALL."

So I guess he spoke to soon with i09.

Now Deadline is coming in with the info that a competing project for Del Toro is on the table. It seems that Legendary Pictures is moving fast on a film that the director really wants to be a part of called PACIFIC RIM. The project is right up his alle-- it has big monsters and the creation of a whole new world.

But del Toro really, really wants MOUNTAINS. It's his dream project, but it might have to take a backseat if PACIFIC gets its shit together faster. Universal is still leery of the $150 million budget and R-rating for MOUNTAINS. It's been said that James Cameron, who is helping with the 3D aspect and also producing on MOUNTAINS could get Fox to get the project going.

What will he choose? Deadline says that del Toro would do PACIFIC then return to do MOUNTAINS once they get everything sorted out. The site notes that, "hope is that the studio will be in a better place or they will figure out a way to make it PG-13 or for less money than it's at right now."

Extra Tidbit: Anyone still a little sad about del Toro not directing THE HOBBIT?
Source: HitFixDeadline

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2:24AM on 03/09/2011

WHY?!!!!!

This is heartbreaking... all the more so after reading this profile: [link]
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8:16PM on 03/08/2011
do it right or don't. get to the next Hellboy por favor.
do it right or don't. get to the next Hellboy por favor.
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6:01PM on 03/08/2011
Del Toro would have injected a much needed sense of wonder and child-like awe into Hobbit. Jackson's direction is tired and boring.

For anyone who needs their Cthulu fix, however, may I direct you to the recently Netflix'd 'Monsters.' It's awesome, tentacles and insanity abound.
Del Toro would have injected a much needed sense of wonder and child-like awe into Hobbit. Jackson's direction is tired and boring.

For anyone who needs their Cthulu fix, however, may I direct you to the recently Netflix'd 'Monsters.' It's awesome, tentacles and insanity abound.
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5:09PM on 03/08/2011

It's dead

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3:04PM on 03/08/2011
Wow whoever convinced him to leave the Hobbit to work on this needs to be punched in the face
Wow whoever convinced him to leave the Hobbit to work on this needs to be punched in the face
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3:52PM on 03/08/2011
I think that was James Cameron. He was gloating that he warned del Toro not to do The Hobbit.
I think that was James Cameron. He was gloating that he warned del Toro not to do The Hobbit.
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2:34PM on 03/08/2011

Shit!

Just let the man make movies already! GDT does more with $150 million than any other director out there. Period. (I am still bummed about The Hobbit.)
Just let the man make movies already! GDT does more with $150 million than any other director out there. Period. (I am still bummed about The Hobbit.)
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2:32PM on 03/08/2011

Shit!

Just let the man make movies already! GDT does more with $150 million than any other director out there. Period. (I am still bummed about The Hobbit.)
Just let the man make movies already! GDT does more with $150 million than any other director out there. Period. (I am still bummed about The Hobbit.)
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1:11PM on 03/08/2011
Wow, that just .... sucks. You'd think with Cameron and Cruise, there wouldn't be that much trouble getting it made. Fuckin' suits.
Wow, that just .... sucks. You'd think with Cameron and Cruise, there wouldn't be that much trouble getting it made. Fuckin' suits.
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12:25PM on 03/08/2011

i want to see this as much as the next person

But they really need a way to either bring the money down or the R rating. There is no history in movies of a 150million dollar action adventure with a R rating. With the R they are losing more than half the audience who would normally go see this, mainly boys aged from 13-18. However you dont want a PG-13 watered down version, so something has to give.
But they really need a way to either bring the money down or the R rating. There is no history in movies of a 150million dollar action adventure with a R rating. With the R they are losing more than half the audience who would normally go see this, mainly boys aged from 13-18. However you dont want a PG-13 watered down version, so something has to give.
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12:33PM on 03/08/2011
"...There is no history in movies of a 150million dollar action adventure with a R rating."

Terminator 2 & 3, The Matrix Reloaded & Revolutions & Ridley Scott's upcoming Prometheus to name a few.
"...There is no history in movies of a 150million dollar action adventure with a R rating."

Terminator 2 & 3, The Matrix Reloaded & Revolutions & Ridley Scott's upcoming Prometheus to name a few.
3:01PM on 03/08/2011
There's also nothing in the damn story that garnes an R Rating. It was all about suspense. . .
There's also nothing in the damn story that garnes an R Rating. It was all about suspense. . .
12:24PM on 03/08/2011

Oh for Christ's Sake!

Fucking Studio's Exec's...Man the Fuck up & grow a pair of balls! Give this man your money & he will create a film that will succeed on every level.

If Universal is satisfied acting like the pussies they are...then Mike Mignola & G.D.T. should buy back the rights from Uni & finish the Hellboy Trilogy.
Fucking Studio's Exec's...Man the Fuck up & grow a pair of balls! Give this man your money & he will create a film that will succeed on every level.

If Universal is satisfied acting like the pussies they are...then Mike Mignola & G.D.T. should buy back the rights from Uni & finish the Hellboy Trilogy.
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12:20PM on 03/08/2011

"Dead"? DAMN!

Universal SUCKS!
Universal SUCKS!
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12:10PM on 03/08/2011
He may as well just change his name to Gilliam del Toro. :(
He may as well just change his name to Gilliam del Toro. :(
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11:55AM on 03/08/2011

C'mon UNIVERSAL...

What else you got on the slate thats so Damn important, more Fast and the Furious movies. Del Toro is one of the best Directors working today, its a shame his talent is going to waste like this.
What else you got on the slate thats so Damn important, more Fast and the Furious movies. Del Toro is one of the best Directors working today, its a shame his talent is going to waste like this.
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11:30AM on 03/08/2011
Jesus Fucking Christ, can Guillermo get anything done???
Jesus Fucking Christ, can Guillermo get anything done???
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2:34PM on 03/08/2011
Why blame him when the studios aren't green lighting his movies. Do you think he enjoyed working years on his past two projects just to see them stall?!? I'm gonna take a wild guess and say he didn't enjoy it.
Why blame him when the studios aren't green lighting his movies. Do you think he enjoyed working years on his past two projects just to see them stall?!? I'm gonna take a wild guess and say he didn't enjoy it.
11:22AM on 03/08/2011
GOD DAMN IT! NOT AGAIN! First The Hobbit and now this?... for christ sake studios get your sh%&t together already!
GOD DAMN IT! NOT AGAIN! First The Hobbit and now this?... for christ sake studios get your sh%&t together already!
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10:44AM on 03/08/2011
This sucks.

If been made, would have been a great flick.
This sucks.

If been made, would have been a great flick.
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10:39AM on 03/08/2011
seriously...Anyone start a fundraiser? If we can raise the money to have a statue of Robocop erected, then we can help get this film off the ground!
seriously...Anyone start a fundraiser? If we can raise the money to have a statue of Robocop erected, then we can help get this film off the ground!
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10:15AM on 03/08/2011
Del Toro seems to be cursed with all these awesome sounding projects that get announced, but none of them ever seem to happen. :(
Del Toro seems to be cursed with all these awesome sounding projects that get announced, but none of them ever seem to happen. :(
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9:56AM on 03/08/2011
What a bad one. This guy just can't seem to get anything going for him
What a bad one. This guy just can't seem to get anything going for him
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9:39AM on 03/08/2011
When James Cameron tells you to do something in the movie business, you do it. The man knows his shit and won't invest time or money into something people won't go see. Universal needs to grow a pair.
When James Cameron tells you to do something in the movie business, you do it. The man knows his shit and won't invest time or money into something people won't go see. Universal needs to grow a pair.
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10:50AM on 03/08/2011
sanctum?
sanctum?
9:17AM on 03/08/2011
Cameron is friggin' rich. He could fund the filming of this himself like Lucas did with the prequel trilogy! Somebody out in Hollywood have some guts already!
Cameron is friggin' rich. He could fund the filming of this himself like Lucas did with the prequel trilogy! Somebody out in Hollywood have some guts already!
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9:10AM on 03/08/2011
ET MERDE !
What a movie it would have been!!!
ET MERDE !
What a movie it would have been!!!
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8:21AM on 03/08/2011
DAMMIT! Come on!!! This would have been something sensational, something that would have gone up with ALIEN(S) and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND as one of the most staggering and probably financially successful movies of its kind; something that would have swept out of nowhere (and everyone's measly expectations - most especially Universal's - along with it).

Ugh. I SO hope James Cameron can help Guillermo land this somewhere else...
DAMMIT! Come on!!! This would have been something sensational, something that would have gone up with ALIEN(S) and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND as one of the most staggering and probably financially successful movies of its kind; something that would have swept out of nowhere (and everyone's measly expectations - most especially Universal's - along with it).

Ugh. I SO hope James Cameron can help Guillermo land this somewhere else...
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8:05AM on 03/08/2011

No!!!!

Really wanted to see GDT's ATMOM :(

Will have to watch Carpenter's The Thing tonight to ease the pain.
Really wanted to see GDT's ATMOM :(

Will have to watch Carpenter's The Thing tonight to ease the pain.
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6:55AM on 03/08/2011

JAWS was "PG"....

...so considering ATMoM has the same basic gore/violence factors, it could sneak by with a PG-13 rating. It's "cosmic horror", not "slasher horror", so if going down to PG-13 makes the studio happy, then go for it.
...so considering ATMoM has the same basic gore/violence factors, it could sneak by with a PG-13 rating. It's "cosmic horror", not "slasher horror", so if going down to PG-13 makes the studio happy, then go for it.
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9:09AM on 03/08/2011
Today, the SAME JAWS movie would be rated R.
Today, the SAME JAWS movie would be rated R.
3:04PM on 03/08/2011
I just read the friggin' story for the few months ago. I swear there is no serious gore in it. Or am I crazy? It's all suspense . . .
I just read the friggin' story for the few months ago. I swear there is no serious gore in it. Or am I crazy? It's all suspense . . .
4:29AM on 03/08/2011

Del Toro gets the Pacific Rim job? lol

get it?
Either way, I don't know if I'm on board for Del Toro's future projects. His vision was great once, but now it's old-hat and tiresome.
get it?
Either way, I don't know if I'm on board for Del Toro's future projects. His vision was great once, but now it's old-hat and tiresome.
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12:20AM on 03/08/2011
Man, if GDT and Cameron can't get this thing made no one will, unless some cookie cutter versiosn made by hacks for 1/3 the cost gets dumped on us from the anus of hollywood in a few years, which will be a discgrace.
This is the one decent shot this film has.
I can understand the studios apprehension. GTD isn't a huge box office director, yes he makes awesome films, but none have made mega cash. And this si gonna cost a fair bit of money, R rated too, the studio should certainly be
Man, if GDT and Cameron can't get this thing made no one will, unless some cookie cutter versiosn made by hacks for 1/3 the cost gets dumped on us from the anus of hollywood in a few years, which will be a discgrace.
This is the one decent shot this film has.
I can understand the studios apprehension. GTD isn't a huge box office director, yes he makes awesome films, but none have made mega cash. And this si gonna cost a fair bit of money, R rated too, the studio should certainly be cautious, but sometimes just making an awesome film for the prestige is worth more than pure profit.
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11:51PM on 03/07/2011

OK look

They do need to just fucking greenlight this thing and let GdT go to town. So sick of studios making PG-13 movies when it clearly should be R. Just fucking go for it, for Cthulu's sake.
They do need to just fucking greenlight this thing and let GdT go to town. So sick of studios making PG-13 movies when it clearly should be R. Just fucking go for it, for Cthulu's sake.
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11:14PM on 03/07/2011
fuck Universal, just greenlit the damn thing.
fuck Universal, just greenlit the damn thing.
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10:08PM on 03/07/2011

Finally

I'm just glad that Lovecraft may finally be given a big budget treatment. Previously all we've really had in the way of Lovecraft films are extremely loose interpretations on a very low budget with less than D-list stars. The only Lovecraft related films that are even remotely watchable as of this writing, is Dagon, and possibly Call of Cthulhu if you like silent film.

Why At The Mountains of Madness? Perhaps for some of the reasons folks below have mentioned. Since most folks are
I'm just glad that Lovecraft may finally be given a big budget treatment. Previously all we've really had in the way of Lovecraft films are extremely loose interpretations on a very low budget with less than D-list stars. The only Lovecraft related films that are even remotely watchable as of this writing, is Dagon, and possibly Call of Cthulhu if you like silent film.

Why At The Mountains of Madness? Perhaps for some of the reasons folks below have mentioned. Since most folks are unfamiliar with Lovecraft, perhaps it makes the best introduction to the Lovecraftian world. Also, it doesn't require a massive budget, which being the first "big budget" Lovecraft investment might be a necessity.

This is something that could easily turn into a franchise, since none of the other stories have really been touched in a very big way.

It's about time Lovecraft earn a place equal to Poe as a founder of modern horror.

Why the 150 mil? Maybe Tom Cruise? Is he still commanding a hefty salary?
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9:39PM on 03/07/2011
At The Mountains of Madness is not the groundbreaking masterpiece a lot of people make it out to be. It's not even Lovecraft's best work. I'm sure 90% of people who want to see this movie made have never even read the short story. I don't blame them, it's not an easy read. The majority of the story is exposition (read as journal entries), with the two main characters stumbling upon an abandoned, ancient city in Antarctica and discerning a lost civilization's history through artwork on
At The Mountains of Madness is not the groundbreaking masterpiece a lot of people make it out to be. It's not even Lovecraft's best work. I'm sure 90% of people who want to see this movie made have never even read the short story. I don't blame them, it's not an easy read. The majority of the story is exposition (read as journal entries), with the two main characters stumbling upon an abandoned, ancient city in Antarctica and discerning a lost civilization's history through artwork on walls.

That being said, I still want to see Del Toro's take on it. I for one hope he takes some big liberties with the story, simply because a literal, word-for-word translation from book to film will make for a pretty boring movie. ATMAM is not the big monster tale a lot of people think it is. Cthulhu is not in the story at all (at least not in the way you may think), yet a lot of people seem to think he is for some reason. I guess because they hear the name Lovecraft.

And while I definitely agree that the movie should be rated R, I have no idea what they need $150 million for. You could film this on half that easily.
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7:03AM on 03/08/2011
ATMoM may not be HPL's best, but it does represent the period in his writing when the entire mythology was finally coming to some form of consistency.

I personally would love to see a flashback scene as Dyer and Danforth interpret the "Earth timeline". Might set up for some other movies that way (Call of Cthulhu, The Whisperer in Darkness, The Shadow out of Time)
ATMoM may not be HPL's best, but it does represent the period in his writing when the entire mythology was finally coming to some form of consistency.

I personally would love to see a flashback scene as Dyer and Danforth interpret the "Earth timeline". Might set up for some other movies that way (Call of Cthulhu, The Whisperer in Darkness, The Shadow out of Time)
9:33PM on 03/07/2011

Man...

"Del Toro's makin' At The Mountains Of Madness!"
Awesome.
"And Tom Cruise is slotted to play the lead."
Ugh, pass.
"Del Toro's makin' At The Mountains Of Madness!"
Awesome.
"And Tom Cruise is slotted to play the lead."
Ugh, pass.
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8:44PM on 03/07/2011

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8:33PM on 03/07/2011

I want to see this

I'm not a big Lovecraft fan but I hope this will get me into his work.

PS I'm not the sort of cunt that bitches about grammar, but "I guess he spoke to soon" and "The project is right up his alle"? Gotta type fast to get the scoop out ;)
I'm not a big Lovecraft fan but I hope this will get me into his work.

PS I'm not the sort of cunt that bitches about grammar, but "I guess he spoke to soon" and "The project is right up his alle"? Gotta type fast to get the scoop out ;)
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7:00AM on 03/08/2011
Speaking of which, if you're going to correct someone, you should look at the logic of your own sentence. It should read "I'm not the sort of cunt that *usually* bitches...". Failure to put that extra word in leaves you with an unresolved conflict between your initial statement and its follow-up. :) Just having fun with ya.
Speaking of which, if you're going to correct someone, you should look at the logic of your own sentence. It should read "I'm not the sort of cunt that *usually* bitches...". Failure to put that extra word in leaves you with an unresolved conflict between your initial statement and its follow-up. :) Just having fun with ya.
7:55PM on 03/07/2011

Please, get this done, Universal

I'm fearful this movie gets pushed back and back, until finally the people behind it move on to something else.
I'm fearful this movie gets pushed back and back, until finally the people behind it move on to something else.
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7:08PM on 03/07/2011

You guys recommend this book?

picked it up for a few bucks on Amazon a while ago, but never got around to reading it. sounds cool, should i get on it?
picked it up for a few bucks on Amazon a while ago, but never got around to reading it. sounds cool, should i get on it?
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6:58AM on 03/08/2011
I've read everything HPL ever wrote. This is one of his better novellas. I'd recommend it for sure, but further recommend going back and reading all of his stuff. The novellas came later in his career and are a little more "fleshy" in terms of the mythology, but earlier tales like Dagon, The Tomb, and The Temple all show the quality and eeriness of most of his writing.
I've read everything HPL ever wrote. This is one of his better novellas. I'd recommend it for sure, but further recommend going back and reading all of his stuff. The novellas came later in his career and are a little more "fleshy" in terms of the mythology, but earlier tales like Dagon, The Tomb, and The Temple all show the quality and eeriness of most of his writing.
9:19AM on 03/08/2011
thanks. It looks like a quick read, ill pick it up this week.
thanks. It looks like a quick read, ill pick it up this week.
7:01PM on 03/07/2011

MAKE THIS MOVIE ALREADY.

Seriously, if the guy who has the two highest grossing movies of all time under his belt is saying "this will be awesome, and it will make money" then DO IT. Maybe Cameron should put up some money for the flick (if he hasn't already) or something. Universal has to get some BALLS.
Seriously, if the guy who has the two highest grossing movies of all time under his belt is saying "this will be awesome, and it will make money" then DO IT. Maybe Cameron should put up some money for the flick (if he hasn't already) or something. Universal has to get some BALLS.
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7:52PM on 03/07/2011
I'm also baffled that with the caliber of the people behind this project, the studio is still hesitant to greenlight it. This economic crisis even reaches Hollywood, I guess.
I'm also baffled that with the caliber of the people behind this project, the studio is still hesitant to greenlight it. This economic crisis even reaches Hollywood, I guess.
6:38PM on 03/07/2011

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No way. No one but Peter Jackson should be doing The Hobbit. Both these projects sound good though. We need more big budget R rated action.
No way. No one but Peter Jackson should be doing The Hobbit. Both these projects sound good though. We need more big budget R rated action.
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