Rumor: Guillermo del Toro taking H.P. Lovecraft to the Big Screen

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.”

Excited yet?!

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!

[ Sources TC Games & More Aint it CoolLA Times Blog]


  1. Lovecraft is in the August Issue of Providence Monthly and on Flickr!

    Did you manage to get your hands on a copy of the August issue of Providence Monthly?

    It contains a piece on H. P. Lovecraft in “The Last Detail” section on the back page; and it includes one of my H.P.L. headstone photos from the 1181 items in my Lovecraft and Cthulhu related Flickr Collections at:

    I’m hoping these items will help to entertain a few people while we all wait to see if there will actually be a Guillermo del Toro and James Cameron 3D version of H. P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness.”

    Will Hart
    a.k.a. CthulhuWho1
    a.k.a. California Cthulhu

    Curator of:


  2. Hmmm…

    I’m not sure what to think about this. I like his comments about making an A level horror film. The backing from a studio would mean better production values. I’m not sure who would be good in it, however. I’m also hesitant about Cameron. He makes things look good, but as a producer how much power would he have over the story? Would he and del Toro clash? I’d hate to see Cameron take this over, but I doubt he would…

    It’s very interesting. I hope something awesome comes out of this news.


    1. Yeah I’m assuming since Cameron is just the producer he will be funding it esp since del Toro is an auter. I’m annoyed with the 3D phase but if Cameron is producing it I’m assuming they will use his 3D technology and well Avatar was beautiful. Hopefully since they are both hands on directors Cameron will back off since he’s just the money man essentially. I also think del Toro would create some fantastic Lovecraft monsters!


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