Even though Guillermo Del Toro's big screen adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Maddness was killed off by Universal Pictures due to budget issues, the filmmaker is now saying that any possibility of the film actually happening is being destroyed because of Ridley Scott's Prometheus. Del Toro recently hit up the DelToroFilms message boards to explain why.
I have been interviewed about this lately and wanted to post my two cents about this:
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 sad part is - I have been pursuing ATMOM for over a decade now - and, well, after Hellboy II two projects I dearly loved were not brought to fruition for me.
The good part is: One project did... And I am loving it and grateful for the blessings I have received.
As he was pressed further about the connections between the two movies, he wrote:
Same premise. Scenes that would be almost identical. Both movies seem to share identical set pieces and the exact same BIG REVELATION (twist) at the end. I won't spoil it.
No matter how identical the films are to each other, I would still absolutely love to see Del Toro's vision of At the Mountains of Maddness. I have no objections to him doing it, and I don't think the fans do either. I hope in the end he still decides to pursue the project. Do you still want to see Del Toro take on the adaptation?
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