Guillermo del Toro and ‘At the Mountains of Madness’: A Reality? | CCS After Hours
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Renowned horror/fantasy visionary director, Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Blade 2, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Strain, Pacific Rim) is wrapping up his latest film, Crimson Peaks, and is a co-writer of the FX video series based on the book “The Strain”. At a recent f-bomb laden Comic Con Del Toro praises his recent success and support from Legendary Pictures and Universal Studios. He then asked his ecstatic fans whether they want two potential new projects: “Hellboy 3” and “H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘At the Mountains of Madness'”. Both were met with loud applause by fans.
And that means that LaughingMan and CineMax will probably be shitting on everyone else’s praise. Being fans of BOTH H.P. Lovecraft and Guillermo Del Toro, CineMax and LaughingMan praise the pairing, no argument there. However, considering Guillermo Del Toro’s past reservations about a PG-13 rating for “At the Mountains of Madness”, as well as issues involving studio interference to make the movie more ‘mainstream’ (adding a romantic sub-plot, making Tom Cruise the lead character, etc), they fully understand his caution. And given the fact that the themes of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness” is very close to the themes of John Carpenter’s “The Thing” and the controversial and confusing “Prometheus”, LaughingMan and CineMax felt it necessary to air their thoughts (whether you want them or not).
No doubt, Lovecraft material isn’t often that suited for the silver screen, but if anyone could pull it off it would be Guillermo Del Toro. However, would direct 1:1 adaptations of Lovecraft stories be suited for the theaters, or perhaps an X-Files styled television series with heavy Lovecraftian influences fare better?