Guillermo del Toro to Direct At the Mountains of Madness; Spills Details on Haunted Mansion
07.29.10 by Ryan
Guillermo del Toro's big announcement at the San Diego Comic-Con was that he would write and produce a remake of 2003's The Haunted Mansion, based on Disney's popular amusement park attraction. It was expected that del Toro would announce a new directing stint after departing from The Hobbit, but fans were kept in the dark. Now, Deadline reports that del Toro will announce he is directing an adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft novel, At the Mountains of Madness.
The novel concerns a scientific expedition to the South Pole in the 1930s and the discovery of some ancient life forms that wreak havoc on the adventurers. Del Toro has been trying to get the project off the ground since 2004, co-writing the script with Don't Be Afraid of the Dark screenwriter Matthew Robbins. The project was interrupted when del Toro agreed to direct The Hobbit, but since leaving that project, Mountains of Madness is speculated to be next.
The other lynch pin for the project is the addition of James Cameron, who Deadline reports has signed on as producer. Considering the movie will be shot in 3-D, Cameron's involvement should convince Universal to give the project the thumbs up, after which, the report says, del Toro will officially announce Mountains of Madness as his next project.
Until then, del Toro will also be working on Haunted Mansion, which he described in more detail in a conversation with MTV.
We are taking sort of the core mythology that you can tap into and saying that there are many mansions around the world and they're all part of a sort of web. The spider sitting at the center of the web is what the fans of The Haunted Mansion would know by the nickname the Hatbox Ghost, which is a beautiful creature that was created but there's a legend that it was discarded on the first day of the ride's operation because it was too scary. I like that legend, but the reality is that the imagineers could not make the illusion work, so they took it out. It's more or less where the bride is in the attic on the way out of the mansion, but it's such a great character that there is literally a cult for the Hatbox Ghost amongst hardcore Haunted Mansion fanatics, and I'm one of them.
"The movie I see in my head of Haunted Mansion is not what I believe anyone is imagining it would be," del Toro continued. "When people think of The Haunted Mansion, they think they know [what it's about], but I really want to push a lot of stuff that they have not seen ever."