Guillermo del Toro Confirms At the Mountains of Madnesss Project Is Dead
03.08.11 by Ryan
Before it could get off the ground, Guillermo Del Toro's At the Mountains of Madness project is dead. The in-demand director revealed to Criterion Cast that the project was "dead.". Apparently, there were a lot of factors that caused the project to sink, including not being able to secure star Tom Cruise and the fact that it was going to be a $150 million R-rated horror movie.
Last month, James Cameron revealed that Tom Cruise might join director Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, which Cameron was set to produce. "Tom does want to do the picture," Cameron said at the time. Over a month later, a confirmation arrived about Cruise's involvement, which sent several outlets to claim Cruise's casting wasn't confirmed.
It began with io9, who was emailing with Mountains of Madness producer Don Murphy and asked about Cruise's casting and whether del Toro and co-screenwriter Matthew Robbins' script was faithful to the Lovecraft novella. Murphy's response seemed positive on both counts, though written in cryptic shorthand.
Mountains is very close to the Lovecraft
supposed to shoot in June yes with TC
Another source later told io9 that there's no official start date and that Cruise wasn't confirmed as the movie's star. Then HitFix reached out to Murphy and received a statement that was a complete reversal from his previous statements, and written in much clearer sentences.
We are all trying to get Mountains up and running with Tom and Jim and everybody but no start date has been set AT ALL.
Well, now, all that is moot. It looks that del Toro's next project will be Pacific Rim, a project involving giant monsters by Travis Beacham (Clash of Titans) that del Toro was attached to in October of last year.
Apparently what Universal didn't like about At the Mountains of Madness was its $150 million price tag and R-rating, despite Cameron producing the 3-D production and having Cruise lined up as the star. One possible solution to is to move At the Mountains to another studio, if Universal can't get over the rating and the price. If you're upset about the status of At the Mountains of Madness, read Aintitcool's Harry's rant. Drew McWeeny of HitFix also wrote his response to Universal's decision, and we're sure there are more out there as well.