Guillermo del Toro Considering Pacific Rim Instead of At The Mountains of Madness

It may seem a bit hard to believe, but things haven’t been going so well for Guillermo del Toro over the last little while. With the endless list of projects he has been producing and overseeing, he now seems to be encountering some difficulty as he tries to find a new project to direct himself. After The Hobbit fell by the wayside last year, he set his sights on an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, a dream project that he had been pursuing for years. With James Cameron on board as a producer and Tom Cruise interested in starring, the project seemed like it was finally on the verge of getting greenlit. Unfortunately, we’re now hearing reports that Universal is still reluctant to finance the $150 million R-rated horror film, and del Toro is expected to move onto another project instead. That project is an original monster movie called Pacific Rim.

We first heard about Pacific Rim last summer, when it was announced that Legendary Pictures had picked it up as a pitch from Travis Beacham, screenwriter of the recent Clash of the Titans remake. At the time, the basic plot synopsis was as follows: “Set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth, the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace.” Later in the year, it was rumoured that Legendary wanted to take this script and turn it into a new Godzilla movie, with Guillermo del Toro in mind to direct. Although the Godzilla tie-in no longer seems to be a possibility, Deadline New York is now reporting that Pacific Rim could very well end up being del Toro’s next project.

He has supposedly asked for a definitive yes or no from Universal by the end of today, and if they don’t want to do At the Mountains of Madness he will move on. It’s still possible that Madness could relocate to a different studio (James Cameron does have a strong relationship with Fox), but it definitely throws the project’s future in jeopardy. It’s hard to say whether or not any other studios will take a chance on it, since it just doesn’t seem possible for an R-rated horror movie to do blockbuster numbers. While this new project could have potential, it’s a shame to hear that Guillermo del Toro’s passion project may never see the light of day. What do you think, does Pacific Rim sounds like a good fit for Guillermo del Toro? Is Universal doing the right thing if they choose not to move forward with At the Mountains of Madness?

  • If At The Mountains Of Madness can get greenlit, it will officially be my most anticipated movie until it comes out. I love Lovecraft, Del Toro, Cruise, and Cameron. My fingers are crossed for this one.

  • Fatbologna

    I don’t see why Cameron and Del Toro can’t just pull a Matt Vaughn move and make this shit on their own and then sell it to a studio when they’re done.

  • Yasser Serious

    I would like to see him do a take on the Alien vs Predator series – perhaps “Chico and The Man” vs “Sanford and Son”.

    They don’t make movies like that anymore.

  • Jonny Ashley

    It’s really discouraging that Del Toro and PT Anderson can’t get funding for their films. On the other hand, Hellboy 2 underperformed at the box office, so I’m not surprised. I’m just upset, because his projects get the backburner so that studios can push forward with every GI JOE

  • Captain N

    Del Toro not doing “Mountains” isn’t a big deal. The $150 million price tag is too steep for a filmmaker who is ultimately overrated. We’re not missing much here, I’m sure of it.

  • Hugh

    The picture above scares the living daylights out of me.

  • swarez

    Drew McWeeny wrote a great piece on Universal canceling Mountains and I while I don’t like that they did I understand why they did.

    Personally I think Del Toro works best when he’s doing smaller films, like Devil’s Backbone. I hated Hellboy 2.

  • Cut out Tom Cruise and then the budget drops to 100 million. Problem solved.

  • Vikke_AJ

    I’m a huge Lovecraft fan and I would really like to see this film made, but I don’t think it needs Cruise or a 150 million dollar budget. I just can’t picture a big budget Lovecraft film with 3D and CGI monsters.

    The AtMoM audio drama from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society is really great. Maybe they will do a film version of it. I would be happy with that.