It’s official: Guillermo del Toro has no plans to sleep over the next decade. I don’t think there is another director working right now who has more potential projects on his plate, and still he’s adding more. I guess he can’t say no, although in this case you can’t blame him as it looks like one of his long time passion projects is finally coming to a head. Last week’s announcement about The Haunted Mansion seems to have been met with a wave of indifference, but this should get a few more people excited. Universal may have finally given him the go ahead on his proposed adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. What’s more, it will be shot in 3-D, and James Cameron is on board as a producer!
The story centers on geologist William Dyer, who discovers an ancient evil during a scientific expedition to Antarctica in the 1930s. Del Toro describes it as a “tentpole horror” film, which is why it has taken so long to get made. Unlike most horror movies, it is not being done on the cheap… it will be a big budget special effects-driven movie but with an R-rating, which never goes over well with studio execs. Hopefully James Cameron’s involvement will help put their minds at ease.
According to Deadline New York, the movie is heading into pre-production within the next few weeks, and will hopefully shoot next summer, which is very good news. Will it happen before Frankenstein, The Haunted Mansion, Van Helsing, The Witches, The Champions, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or Drood? We can only hope.