Tuesday, March 08, 2011

del Toro closes down "Mountains of Madness"

Just read on The Digital Bits this evening that Guillermo del Toro has withdrawn from negotiations with Universal Pictures over his production of H.P. Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness". Check the article for details; the short answer is that they didn't want the likely "R" rating.

GDT and Peter Jackson are probably the two A-list director/producers who have the vision and the clout to do justice to "Madness", or any Lovecraft stories. Hopefully he gets another studio to greenlight the project.

Like Bill Hunt at the 'Bits, I'll wish Universal well with their big-budget adaptation of Battleship...


Dawg said...

To me, the most artistically important part of this discussion was the "R" rating - not (necessarily) a huge budget.

That's me. Mishawaka IT geek. I'll give del Toro the benefit of the doubt.

It makes me sad that so many good projects will never see the light of day - hopefully this one will.

miakoda said...

Oh, this makes me a sad panda -- I just saw yesterday that it was slated to start filming this June.

I can't think of anyone else who could do it justice. Here's hoping another studio has the sense to see that, and the courage to let them spin their horrible tale.