Guillermo del Toro still dedicated to AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS
Guillermo del Toro is one of those filmmakers who us cinephiles can't help but follow in droves. His desire to push the boundaries of filmmaking is nothing but awe-inspiring. It was that special something that Peter Jackson recognized, leading to del Toro's involvement in THE HOBBIT, before he moved on to greener pastures.
A while back, we found out that del Toro was going to be taking on PACIFIC RIM instead of his long-time passion project, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. But that doesn't mean he has given up on the project just yet.
For those who don't know, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS is based off a classic H.P. Lovecraft story. Del Toro is a serious Lovecraft fan, which is one of the things that made him such a great match for the HELLBOY franchise, which is also inspired by Lovecraft's work. To del Toro, this is the project he has always wanted to do.
He states his level of commitment pretty clearly while talking to the LA Times:
"I'm not giving up...MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS has been with me for 13, 14 years and I really don’t want to give up on it...the way I plan to do it is a very peculiar take, and I think if I don’t stick with it the version I would like to see would never get made."
The version he wants to make is certainly appealing, and oftentimes a director can create some of their best work when they have a similar mindset to del Toro. I think back to Zack Snyder on THE WATCHMEN - he made a very specific version of a film that has had many different possible incarnations throughout the years. For AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, it seems that del Toro is the right man for the job.
To sweeten the deal even further, he left us this little tidbit about when we might expect the project to come to fruition: "Coming out of PACIFIC RIM, I intend to see if we can do it immediately."