After months of joyous reverie and anticipation of there finally being a serious minded adaption of hallowed horror author H.P. Lovecraft’s work, the Cult Of Howard may now not be saying “Cthulhu Ftagn!” with so much zeal.
broke the sad news today. After e-mailing Mr. Del Toro about a confirmation on the shooting dates for At The Mountains Of Madness, they received word back from the Man himself concerning the state of the project. That word was “Dead”. Of course, the bottom line is money. Universal would have to make $500 million worldwide to break even on the proposed budget of $150 million, and have cold feet in regards to how the public will take to a horror film based in the snow. Here I was, hoping for another dose of arctic terror that could hopefully sit next to Carpenter’s THE THING (which incidentally was a flop when it was first released). Art vs. commerce can be a tragic thing. The bodies laying strewn around from this lost battle are The Great Old Ones. Now they will never be freed from their icy prisons to release cosmic horrors upon us earthbound mortals. Even the deep pockets and political connections of James Cameron couldn’t stem the tide of fear and loss from Universal execs.
Fuck my life.
According to news and sources, Del Toro’s next film will be Pacific Rim, a giant-monsters-attack film coming from Legendary Pictures. Rumor has it, they may be futzing with the Travis Beacham script and applying the concepts to the proposed Godzilla reboot as well. Hmmm. Seems like Del Toro will wind up doing something massive next regardless of what it is, eh? From The Hobbit to At The Mountains Of Madness (I can hardly type those words without crying tears of loss right now) and onto what might be the next take on The Lizard That Harryhausen Hates aka Godzilla.
At this point? I’ll take it! I’m stilllll doing the pee-pee dance to see the GDT produced Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark as well.
For a cool, level headed, and informative piece on the situation regarding ATMoM being aborted, read Drew McWeeny’s article here as well.
Check out the interview below, shot courtesy of Seattle Geekly, here in Seattle when Guillermo was in town at the Sci Fi Museum. Oh what could have been, what could have been. A