Sorry, Guillermo del Toro Isn't Making 'At the Mountains of Madness' with Tom Cruise

March 8, 2011


Sounds like Guillermo del Toro's long-delayed passion project, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, is going to have to wait a little longer. Word from Deadline is that, despite the involvement of producer James Cameron and potential star Tom Cruise, Universal is still a bit leery of giving the director the $150 million he wants to make an R-rated, non-traditional horror film about awful alien freaks in Antarctica. Don't you know how good of a movie that sounds like, Universal? They do not, apparently, and the slow tugjob they've been giving del Toro about making it has gone long enough without climax, he's decided. Del Toro's going to move on for now in favor of Legendary Pictures' Pacific Rim, described as "a Travis Beacham-scripted PG-13 tent pole-sized project with big monsters and the creation of a new world." Standard big monsters instead of Lovecraftian big monsters is a concession we're all going to have to accept. I'm sorry.

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