Guillermo del Toro Updates At the Mountains of Madness, May Cast Ron Perlman
09.23.10 by Ryan
Director Guillermo del Toro shocked fans when he dropped out of the eventually-arriving, two-part adaptation of The Hobbit. Before the wounds could properly heal, del Toro announced at the San Diego Comic-Con that he was writing and producing an adaptation of Disney's amusement park attraction, The Haunted Mansion, which was already adapted into the 2003 family comedy. Days later, reports revealed that del Toro would direct an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, with James Cameron signed on as producer. The novella follows a scientific expedition to the South Pole where ancient life forms are discovered.
At a recent talk sponsored by the New York Times, del Toro talked about the upcoming movie, which he and screenwriter Matthew Robbins have been working on for over a decade. ShockTillYouDrop reports that Del Toro talked about the movie's pre-production, which, so far, has involved designing the creatures in the movie.
We've been designing for the last 3-weeks. It's being produced by James Cameron, who's been a friend for 20-years. We have avoided working together until the time came for the right project. Obviously, the difference between the novella and the movie is that Lovecraft had a gift for making everything specifically ambiguous. He would say "the leering face loaded with madness," or "the evil perverse entity of unnamable"... everything was unnamable, indescribable. When you're reading you go, "Whoa!" Your brain fills those spaces. For every creature, everyone has a secret mental image of what those creatures look like. It's going to be impossible to please everyone.
Del Toro explains that a big reason they may not
"please everyone" is whether fans of the novella will appreciate that "everything that is non-specific in literature has to be specific" in the movie.
You are loyal to the adaptation of the tale to another medium. I think the worst thing you can do is be slavish to the original document and then destroy the movie. You're not going to get a medal for being loyal. You're going to get a medal for making a good movie
So far, however, del Toro says that the feedback on the monster designs has been positive, especially since, del Toro says, "no one has done monsters like the ones I'm doing."
About two weeks ago we were visited by[Academy Award-winning visual effects artist] Dennis Muren. He looked at the designs, and he turned to us and said, "No one has seen monsters like this ever." I was like, [boyish grin] "Yeah!" I was happy and vindicated and all that.
While no cast has been announced yet for the movie, it's not shocking that del Toro told MTV that he is hoping to cast actor Ron Perlman, whom del Toro directed in the Hellboy movies.
All I can tell you is if Ron Perlman is free, he will be in. I wrote a part for him. He read it and if everything falls in place, Ron Perlman has a role in it written specifically for him.
And what role would that be?
Ron plays Larson, the sort of dog guy, the guy that cares for the dogs and the sled — the part of the expedition that is dog sleds," he explained. It's a fantastic character. I really love him. He's sort of a pragmatic guy, doesn't care about science or the mythology or the cosmology. He just is a hard-boiled Nordic man, and it is written specifically for him.
At the Mountains of Madness has no start date yet, though del Toro told Deadline earlier this month that he believes "in my heart we are going to be making this movie in June of next year." With Cameron on board to produce the 3-D production, it's hard to argue taht del Toro is wrong.