Guillermo del Toro's 'At the Mountains of Madness' -- some new hope?
The last update the At the Mountains of Madness project got was around April of last year. Guillermo del Toro stated that Ridley Scott's Prometheus shared some plot points with Lovecraft's novella. He said on his forum boards: "Prometheus started filming a while ago- right at the time we were in preproduction on PACIFIC RIM. The title itself gave me pause- knowing that ALIEN was heavily influenced by Lovecraft and his novella. This time, decades later with the budget and place Ridley Scott occupied, I assumed the greek metaphor alluded at the creation aspects of the HPL book. I believe I am right and if so, as a fan, I am delighted to see a new RS science fiction film, but this will probably mark a long pause -if not the demise- of ATMOM."
The director had been following the project for over a decade, and seemed to renounce -- and not without a reason: John Carter, based on early 900s novels, was not very successful -- flopped, in fact -- due to comparisons with other more recent releases like Avatar. The same scenario could happen with At the Mountains of Madness -- and that was what Del Toro was concerned for.
Now, however, the song seems to change. The project was already obstacled by the budget it would require, combined with a R rating. Del Toro is now searching for studios interested in the film, and Tom Cruise is still allegedly attached to the project. FirstShowing.net reports the director as saying: "I'm going to try it one more time. Once more into the dark abyss. We're gonna do a big presentation of the project again at the start of the year and see if any [studio is] interested...Yeah, Tom is still attached. I think it would be so fantastic to make it with him. He's been such a great ally of the project."
Finally, regarding the alleged similarities between At the Mountains of Madness and Prometheus, Del Toro added: "I saw it finally and... yes, there are things in common, but, you know, screw it. Lovecraft was there first."