Exclusive: Guillermo del Toro Wants to Release PG-13 and Unrated Cuts of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS Simultaneously

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Guillermo del Toro is no stranger to developing multiple projects at once.  We just learned that he will be doing a small black and white film prior to shooting Pacific Rim 2 next year for an April 7, 2017 release date (not to mention the Pacific Rim animated series).  He’s also producing The Strain TV series, debuting on FX, and that’s just the stuff he’s openly talking about.

Well, that stuff and his long delayed dream project, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness.  Last week we learned that he was considering a toned-down PG-13 version of that film in order to get it made. While that’s still true, that doesn’t mean it will be the only version that’s out there.  He’s also considering shooting all the gore for a simultaneously released Unrated Cut.  In fact, that’s his preferred plan.  Hit the jump for more.

at-the-mountains-of-madness-book-coverSteve spoke with del Toro and asked if there was a chance of an At the Mountains of Madness Unrated Cut hitting Blu-ray after the initial PG-13 theatrical run. Del Toro was quick to reply that he’s not only considering that option for Blu-ray, but for a simultaneous theatrical release as well:

“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 [cut] 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.”

hellboy-2-guillermo-del-toroWhen asked about the possibility of shooting Mountains directly after Pacific Rim 2, he was slightly more circumspect:

“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.”

Does the prospect of an Unrated Cut raise your hopes for At the Mountains of Madness?  I think I’m fine either way as long as the movie is good.  Here’s more from our exclusive interview with del Toro:

Be sure to check back soon for the rest of Steve’s interview.




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  • Lik

    PLEASE. Give Up Pacific Rim 2 for Mountains

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  • vitextreeradar

    the split release is a cool idea though probably harder to make happen in reality

    • Snarky

      That’s what I was thinking. It would be a brilliant way to get his vision made but I’m not sure how many theatres would give up two screens for two different cuts of a movie without universal appeal.

      Perhaps early showings of the PG version followed by the unrated cut playing the late slot? I would be down with that!

    • bidi

      i feel like he couldn’t do it simultaneously. i think it would confuse people. what they could do, however, is release the unrated one a few months later in a limited capacity, similar to the Anchorman 2 rerelease. if the unrated cut has a limited run of only a few weeks or a month in theaters, then his original vision will still be out there in theaters. plus, if the PG-13 version does well, then he’d have an easier chance of selling the suits on the rerelease. if it doesn’t do well, then at least he’ll release a director’s cut blu ray

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  • Cale

    Hellboy 3′s not gonna happen, is it?

    • Snarky

      I would sacrifice almost any potential film for a Del Toro-helmed At the Mountains of Madness!

      • Batt Damon

        I would sacrifice anything but Hellboy 3.

  • Jan

    I’ll definitely go see it when it hits theatres in the summer of 2025.

  • PresidentObalma

    Probably the best and only way for similar high budgeted “R rated” movies to get made with the directors original vision which helps me save watching the waterd-down PG-13 version at the theatres and allows me to get the “unrated” DVD for more or less the same price, which is both good and bad. (expample: The Wolverine uncut version) No?

  • agent777

    It hurts to read these articles as there are other Lovecraft stories he could make for much less, and that also precede Mountains chronologically. It would just make so much sense for him to do that to establish interest amongst audiences and potential investors. He keeps waiting to do this one project, when he could of already adapted two other more “modest” Lovecraft stories.

  • Muhammad Alif B As’shaari

    He is certainly the man to bring this revered book to life…

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