According to the LA Times Blog, here are rumors that Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) may direct an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s 1931 novella At the Mountains of Madness. They asked him in an interview recently whether that would indeed be his next film and he, “he flashed an impish grin and said, “We’ll see” (LA Times).” He also said in an interview with First Showing that “If I had the freedom to choose and the chance to hold it until its done, I’d do Mountains right away.”
In an interview last year he discussed plans on making a Frankenstein film and an adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness where he referred to Madness as “[his] obsession.” He apparently already has a script and maybe this will help him (and us) get over the The Hobbit.
He also told Aint it Cool,
“Mountains is exactly the movie I would like to do,” del Toro said. “It would push buttons, and it’s extreme in many areas. It’s a hard R-rated, big production tentpole in the genre of horror. What I love about tentpole horror – which is not done much anymore, if at all – is that there was a time when you could see something like “Alien” or “The Shining” or “The Thing”. Movies that came not as a B-movie product of a studio, but as an A, tentpole, big release, high-end production like “The Exorcist”, and so on and so forth.”
LA Times sources have whispered that Madness will definitely be his next movie and that James Cameron will produce it and it will in 3D. I’m sick of 3D movies, but if it’s Camerons 3D, plus Del Toro’s directorial prowess with the macabre mind of H.P. Lovecraft well count me in!
Lovecraft fans know how difficult it is to effectively adapt his stories to the big screen while staying true to the nature of the story. Why? Well because they are so damn crazy! I haven’t read At the Mountains of Madness but in simplest form it’s a monster movie in Antarctica (read more about it here).
For those of you unfamiliar with Lovecraft he was an American author of horror/fantasy/science fiction or what he would like to call “cosmicism” or “cosmic horror”. He’s widely known for his Cthulhu Mythos, if you don’t know about it you should, it will make you a better person :). Pretty much any horror writer or film maker has been influenced by Lovecraft in some way.
“According to Joyce Carol Oates, Lovecraft — as with Edgar Allan Poe in the 19th century — has exerted “an incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horror fiction”. Stephen King called Lovecraft “the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.”
Also fanboys you know Arkham Insane Asylum in the Batman series, well Arkham was a fictional New England city originally created by Lovecraft. If you know Lovecraft it makes complete sense to name an insane asylum Arkham.
Lovecrafters are you excited or upset about Madness being taken to the big screen? Sound off below!