Guillermo del Toro talks At the Mountains of Madness

News Glen Chapman 15 Jul 2012 - 19:00
Guillermo del Toro to start shooting At The Mountains Of Madness

As he showcased Pacific Rim at Comic-Con, Guillermo del Toro addressed At The Mountains Of Madness...

By all accounts, Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim was looking excellent at Comic-Con over the weekend, and should be a standout blockbuster next summer. Whilst publicising his latest picture, though, he took the time to discuss the heartbreak of Universal shutting down production on his adaptation of At The Mountains of Madness:

“For me, the collapse of At The Mountains Of Madness was a soul-shattering experience. It was very difficult for me that that movie didn’t happen, we designed the creatures, the sets, we were scouting the locations, and went through any number of drafts. Everything was going and then it collapsed and it was a big blow. It was a very debilitating moment.”

He went on to say that “I think we may still make it. When I’m brave enough to go and see Prometheus, I’ll know. But for now, I don’t know. We are all nothing but human beings, I go to the theatre, I buy my ticket for Prometheus and I go and see something else, because I’m afraid. I’m not a mental entity, I am also emotional, because the ideas are similar, from what I’ve heard and I’ll see it next week, I promise!”

So we may still get to see a Guillermo del Toro directed big screen version of At The Mountains of Madness yet, depending on securing financing, his reaction to Prometheus, and then fitting it in somewhere in his packed schedule. Here's hoping...


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I don't get it. What's it got to do with "Prometheus" ?

Ancient Civilisations, birth of mankind, epic scale.

Just go ahead and make At The Mountains Of Madness anyway, Guillermo.
Prometheus turned out to be utter crap, so there's still room for a better movie. :-)

"Last I heard, the reason production was stopped on 'At The Mountains Of
Madness' was because the theme and story line would be too similar to

Not true. It was budgetary considerations (the film would have cost over 200 million dollars), even with Jim Cameron as a producer and Tom Cruise as the lead.

PROMETHEUS, at least to me, was more in the vein of QUATERMASS AND THE PIT, not ATOM. It is still possible to make ATOM; after all, there are stark differences between the two stories. Of course, with film critics being the dumb schmendricks that they are, they probably wouldn't notice.

And if Ridley Scott hates SF, then how come he's made three fantastic SF films?

(Yes, I did like PROMETHEUS, flaws and all. But that's just my personal opinion).

Its all utterly stupid. Prometheus is nothing like at the mountains of madness. In Prometheus, said space ship flys to an alien planet, and they find an alien temple and alien crap, and a disapointing alien that looks like Harry Hill in an Alien Suit. Nothing much happens for ages, apart from running around then the ship takes off and gets destroyed by thePrometheus. Another ship flys away with the last surviving charcter/s and its set in the Alien Universe. At the mountains of madness has an arctic expedition finding the remains of ancient civilisation on EARTH, and dead aliens. Then one that thaws out comes back to life and stalks the expedition and kills some of them. If anything its more like THE THING than Prometheus, in the fact it takes place in the arctic / antarctic on earth and has an alien being discovered frozen, and then coming back to life. Jesus...studios and film makers and money men. Why the hell would it have to cost over 200 million to make anyway? The Thing never cost that much. Cloverfields giant monster never cost that much to make and CGI etc. Just make the bloody film you idiots...dont cast Tom blasted Cruise either! Just get someone cheaper and film it in Alaska or somewhere not too expensive and use a few computers to CGI up the Alien Eldar Things etc.. Sigh... Tell you what gang..... if they dont make it, next time it snows here in the Uk I will nip up to Scotlands Mountian ranges with a HD Cam corder and a few mates, and make it myself. A few hours in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects as post production, and Hey Presto At the Mountains of Madness the U Tube edition......... 200 million....Gibbons!

Great username by the way.

what a strange quote from Del Toro. He is such an interesting guy with a unique perspective on things. I would pay to watch a documentary that just follows him around while he talks about stuff he likes and what he is thinking.

i'm not worried about any film he makes being bad, but if i made a long list of films i was hoping he would make, giant robots would never have been in the pool let alone make the cut.

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