I don’t usually like to report on quasi-substantiated rumors about upcoming projects, but this one has me excited. Fresh off the odyssey that was the non-filming of The Hobbit. Guillermo Del Toro has supposedly committed to film H.P. Lovecraft’s polar horror novella At the Mountains of Madness, to be produced by James Cameron.
While Del Toro has been known to pump out some schlock to pay the bills, when he takes a personal interest in a film, like Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone, he is one of the best directors working in the fantasy field today. And the material could not be better - as an H.P. Lovecraft fan, I’m of the strong opinion that At the Mountains of Madness is the best thing he ever did. It is also far more suitable for film adaptation than any of his other works, most of which are too short or too unfilmable. I thoroughly enjoyed the recent fan project, The Call of Cthulhu, but, married to Cameron’s money and special effects connections, this has potential to be the first truly great Lovecraft adaptation. Crossing my fingers …
[By the way, lest there be any confusion, I do think Re-Animator is a great film, but not really a great Lovecraft adaptation, if you know what I mean.]
::: Deadline report
Filed under: Movie News and People: James Cameron and People: Guillermo del Toro and People: H.P. Lovecraft