Del Toro's adaptation: " At the Mountains of Madness"

Del Toro recently revealed a small glimpse of the unrealized adaptation!

Jan 2, 2023 - 11:54
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Del Toro's adaptation: " At the Mountains of Madness"

Guillermo del Toro wanted to make a film adaptation of the novel "At the Mountains of Madness" by HP Lovecraft. But that project was never realized. Del Toro spent many years pushing the project forward, and he came very close in the mid-2000s, with a combination that was set to star Tom Cruise. The movie producer was  James Cameron. But Universal Pictures ultimately didn't want to take any chances with the $150 million budget and R rating.

Recently, del Toro released a very short, test clip from the as-yet-undecided film. We don't know what that means exactly, but we do know that the director is still not giving up on his passion project. The 25-second clip is a fully 3D animated sequence made as a test to show what ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) can do. It is also interesting that del Toro hinted last year that he wanted to write a new script for the adaptation so that the project could be realized with a slightly smaller budget and as a more unusual work that could potentially find space on a streaming platform. All in all, it doesn't sound impossible. It's not as if Netflix didn't give him space like was the case with  "Cabinet of Curiosities", the anthology series he produced.

“I can go for a far more esoteric, weirder, smaller version of it. You know, where I can go back to some scenes that were left out. For some of the big sets I've designed, for example, I have no appetite. Like, I've already done this or that huge set piece. I feel like I'm going in a weirder direction.” - del Toro said.

"At the Mountains of Madness" is a story of horror like no other. The interior of the Antarctic plateau is a bare, windswept and lifeless desert, or so the members of the Miskatonic University expedition thought. Then they found strange fossils of creatures no one had ever heard of. What began as a quest for knowledge soon becomes a terrifying realization of the true nature of the world and the universe in its all-encompassing darkness and endless oblivion.

If you haven't already read Lovecraft's novel "The Mountains of Madness", then definitely do so!


Post By: Vanessa F.