The release of Guillermo del Toro’s first directorial feature since 2008’s Hellboy II is still nearly 8 months away, but he’s already making a commitment for his post-Pacific Rim feature. During a recent phone interview, del Toro told Steve that he had discussed a Pacific Rim sequel with the folks at Legendary but he was adamant about not making that follow-up his next film, noting that he wants to do something “in a different genre that’s not so big.” That genre, it appears, is haunted house films, as del Toro is set to make the ghost story Crimson Peak his next movie. Hit the jump for much more.
As most of you know, I recently did an epic hour-long video interview with director Guillermo del Toro, and over the past two weeks I’ve been breaking it down into smaller segments. For today’s installment, del Toro talks about his rumored Dr. Strange movie with Neil Gaiman, how the 24/7 news cycle of the internet has changed the way projects get reported, the length of time it really takes to get a movie made, how many projects he’s been developing have never leaked, his thoughts on what it will take to make a kick-ass video game adaptation and the inherent difficulty in transitioning to movie screens, and more. In addition, for all you Halo fans, del Toro talks about the Halo movie he developed with D.B. Weiss, who is now very famous for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Hit the jump for more.
It looks like the final nail has been hammered into Guillermo Del Toro‘s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft‘s novella At the Mountains of Madness. Del Toro’s passion project came a hair away from getting the greenlight, but Universal pulled the plug over an unwillingness to pay a blockbuster price tag for an R-rated movie. Del Toro moved on to direct the monster movie Pacific Rim (due out July 12, 2013), but there was always the hope that maybe ATMOM might live again. But now the brilliant director has said Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus has taken the wind out of the project.
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At last year’s Comic-Con, Entertainment Weekly’s “The Visionaries” panel featured Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams waxing poetic on everything nerd. This year, Guillermo del Toro and Jon Favreau were present to have an earnest conversation between two directors about filmmaking. The topics of conversation ranged from Magic Kindom and Haunted Mansion, to Cowboys & Aliens and At the Mountains of Madness. Favreau even revealed that he has a cameo as a Thark in Andrew Stanton’s John Carter, a project which he previously developed. Hit the jump for my recap of The Visionaries panel.
This past Monday, we learned that Universal had passed on Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness and there was much sadness in the movie geek world. Del Toro has now given an interview to Deadline and confirmed that with At the Mountains of Madness in limbo, he’s moving on to direct the PG-13 monster movie Pacific Rim for Legendary Pictures and he hopes to start shooting by September for a summer 2013 release date. But if you’re wondering what happened with Mountains, which charts an expedition to the Antarctic that uncovers terrible monsters, and where the adaptation goes from here, then hit the jump del Toro’s explanation.
Writer-director-producer Guillermo del Toro deserves better. He’s one of the most imaginative and creative filmmakers working today and he hasn’t gotten behind a camera since 2008′s Hellboy II: The Golden Army. He left The Hobbit last May because there was no start date in sight and now, as some kind of cruel cosmic joke, The Hobbit is starting production (now with Peter Jackson at the helm) and del Toro may be stuck in a false start on his new project, At the Mountains of Madness. As Universal stalls on del Toro’s dream project, Deadline reports that Legendary Pictures his trying to get del Toro to direct the PG-13 monster movie Pacific Rim.
You may recall Pacific Rim as the movie that was rumored to be the Godzilla reboot, but turned out not be a non-Godzilla affiliated monster movie. Del Toro was offered the project back in October, but responded that he was not involved with Godzilla, a fact which didn’t preclude his participation in Pacific Rim since it’s not the Godzilla reboot (that film is being handled by Monsters director Gareth Edwards). Hit the jump for more on this tale of two del Toro projects.
Update: Steve here. I’ve been told that Universal killed At the Mountains of Madness on Friday and del Toro is going to take on Pacific Rim as his next film. I’m sure this will all be worked out over the next few days. I’m just sad that one of my favorite filmmakers is having so many problems getting a film made.
In September of last year, we reported that Guillermo del Toro wanted Tom Cruise to star in At the Mountains of Madness. The film—which is based on the horror novella by H.P. Lovecraft and recounts a scientific expedition that uncovers ancient horrors dwelling in the mountains of Antarctica—has long been a passion project of del Toro’s and it looked like he was finally going to get it off the ground as a 3D film and with James Cameron attached as a producer. Cruise had been circling the role as recently as last month and it looks like he’s finally on board. Producer Don Murphy tells io9 that not only is Cruise attached to star, but filming is scheduled to begin in June.
Murphy also added that “the script is very close to the H.P. Lovecraft source material,” which I find puzzling. Hit the jump for my thoughts on Cruise signing on and the difficulty in adapting Lovecraft’s story. [Update: The Playlist just tweeted that reps for Cruise say he's not yet confirmed for the film; Update 2: Hitfix has learned that Murphy was quoted indirectly. The producer directly tells Hitfix, "no start date has been set AT ALL."]
Update 3: Steve here. I’ve been told that Universal killed the project on Friday and del Toro is going to take on Pacific Rim. Read our story here.
While doing press for the underwater thriller Sanctum, which he produced, James Cameron provided a bit of an update on Guillermo del Toro’s At the Mountains of Madness, which he’s also producing. Last we heard, Cameron said they were “very very actively” pre-producing the R-rated 3D epic based on HP Lovcraft’s novella. Universal had their sights set on James McAvoy to star, but del Toro was set on Tom Cruise. Well, it looks like del Toro may get his wish. Cameron recently had this to say in an interview with MTV:
“Tom [Cruise] wants to do the picture. I don’t think we have a deal with him yet, but we’re hoping to get that closed soon. Guillermo is madly working on a new draft of the script. Hopefully we’ll be shooting by June or July.”
So it sounds like things are moving right along. The film will be shot in 3D and tells the story of a doomed expedition to Antarctica where “fantastic and horrific ruins and a dangerous secret beyond a range of mountains taller than the Himalayas” are discovered. In short, it’s the perfect project for del Toro and Cameron to team up on. For all of our previous coverage on the long-gestating At the Mountains of Madness, click here.
When Guillermo Del Toro left The Hobbit, speculation was rampant regarding what the visionary director would choose as his next project. In July, he put the speculation to rest as he announced that he would next take on H.P. Lovecraft’s epic novella At The Mountains of Madness in 3D, with the help of James Cameron as a producer. In September we broke the news that Universal was looking to cast James McAvoy in the starring role, while Del Toro had his sights set on Tom Cruise instead. It appears that pre-production is rolling right along, as Cameron recently gave an update on the project:
We’re very, very actively pre-producing the film right now with Universal. The design work is phenomenal, both the three-dimensional and two-dimensional design work, the physical maquettes, the CG test scenes; the artwork is phenomenal. The fans certainly won’t want for a visual feast with this film. But there’s [still] a bunch of number-crunching and “How you gonna do it?” and “How you gonna make it?”; “Where you gonna do it?” All that stuff.
Hit the jump for more from Cameron, including why he got involved in the project in the first place.
We have two pieces of Guillermo del Toro news for you this afternoon. First up, Pajiba is reporting that del Toro is producing Midnight Delivery with Gary Ungar (Gothika) for Universal. The story, written by Neil Cross (the British TV series MI:5) , centers on a father who becomes a drug mule to save his son’s life, which isn’t the worst reason ever to become a drug mule.
Hit the jump for details on what role del Toro has set for Ron Perlman in At the Mountains of Madness (provided Perlman is available).
Over the last few days I’ve posted different parts of my extended video interview with Guillermo del Toro that I recorded at the Toronto International Film Festival. Del Toro was in Toronto to promote Julia’s Eyes – which he produced. While he already talked about his soon to be announced DreamWorks Animation deal, TV projects, and his movie Julia’s Eyes, it’s time for the rest of the interview and it covers At the Mountains of Madness, Disney’s Haunted Mansion, and something not yet announced: he’s making video games!! Here’s the bullet points:
- del Toro told me he has a video game deal that’s not yet announced. He revealed it’s for 3 games to be made over 10 years with the goal of a new game every 3 years!
- Haunted Mansion: he said it will be PG-13 and it will be a “dark ride”. Says they turned in the storyline last week to Disney along with the first few key concept drawings. Matthew Robbins is writing and he’ll start in about a month. Hopes to know if Disney will move forward on it in January. At that time he’ll figure out if he will direct it or if it will be someone else.
- At the Mountains of Madness: del Toro gave me a scoop when he revealed Dennis Muren is designing the monsters! Muren told him “you’ve never seen monsters like this.” If you don’t who Dennis Muren is…look over his resume and you’ll know when it’s so cool that he’s involved. He went on to say the film isn’t greenlit yet, he’ll be talking to some Lovecraft scholars to get their input on the script, hopes to make the movie without interference, explained how he got James Cameron involved, and says the film suffers from two big issues: it’s a hard core R rated movie and it’s a horror tentpole with a big budget.
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In July, we reported the exciting news that Guillermo del Toro would finally be making his long-in-development passion project At the Mountains of Madness with James Cameron producing and in 3D. Sources have now told us that Universal wants James McAvoy to play the lead in the film, but del Toro wants Tom Cruise to star. Chris Pine’s name was also being tossed around, but his busy schedule may be too packed.
We know that Cruise and del Toro probably met before when discussing the possibility of a new take on Van Helsing with Cruise to star and del Toro producing. That didn’t work out, but del Toro must have left with a positive impression of the actor. Hit the jump for a synopsis of At the Mountains of Madness and for a refresher on what both Cruise and McAvoy have on their plates.
James Cameron has plenty to talk about these days. Avatar — you know, the highest-grossing movie of all time — is set for a re-release on August 27th. Titanic — you know, the second highest-grossing movie of all time — will get a 3D theatrical re-release in April 2012. There’s always that impending Avatar sequel (or two) that could use a monthly progress update. Plus, it was recently revealed that Cameron would co-produce an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness with fellow auteur Guillermo del Toro.
The director has been working the phone recently to keep us informed — hit the jump to hear what he had to say.
When you’re an ultra-talented director who has an undeniable eye for stunning visuals and an Oscar nomination under your belt, signing onto one project normally means passing on numerous others. Such is the case for Guillermo del Toro. A few days ago, we told you that both del Toro and James Cameron have signed on to respectively direct/produce an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. With that deal in the can, and a summer 2011 3D shoot in mind, the question is raised: who/what did del Toro say “thanks, but no thanks” to?
Now, Vulture answers that question. Hit the jump for the vampire slayer-laden info.
When director Guillermo del Toro spoke with Steve at the Saturn Awards, he was very pessimistic that his 3D adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness would ever come to fruition due to its lack of commercial viability. He explained, “It is very difficult for the studios to take the step of doing an R-rated tentpole with a tough ending [and] no love story.” You know, unless the man who produced and directed the two highest-grossing movies ever offers his services.
Deadline reports that James Cameron will produce the film, and was a major selling point in securing funds from Universal — del Toro will begin pre-production in the coming weeks with a summer 2011 3D shoot in mind. More after the jump: