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Quint and Guillermo Del Toro talk ORPHANAGE, HELLBOY II, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS and HALO!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Guillermo Del Toro and I go back a very long time. I remember Harry introducing me to him when I was all of 17 years old, in the time between MIMIC and BLADE 2 when he was living here in Austin. He’s one of my favorite people. Always full of humor and vulgarity, two things that mix together beautifully. When I was offered the chance to interview him for the site in order to promote his latest producorial outing THE ORPHANAGE I jumped at it. I’ve never interviewed Guillermo in all the time I’ve been acquainted with him. We talk about everything, from ORPHANAGE to HELLBOY 2 (this was done right before the trailer hit) to AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS and HALO. We fit a lot into our 15 plus minutes. Hope you enjoy!

Guillermo Del Toro: Hey, you fuck!

Quint: What’s up Guillermo?

Del Toro: How are you, my friend?

Quint: I’m doing well. You doing OK?

[Del Toro Coughs]

Del Toro: I have a chest cold.

Quint: And they’re making you talk to all of us assholes?

Del Toro: Only you, man. So should we start with this?

Quint: Let’s do this. I talked to the boys back when they came out for FANTASTIC FEST, Sergio [Sanchez] and Juan [Antonio Bayona], but I don’t think we ever really talked about how you got their script in the first place.

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Del Toro: I’ve known Juan Antonio for over a decade. We met in 1992 or 1993 with CRONOS and we have remained friends for all of those years and I love his short films. I particularly loved EL HOMBRE ESPONJA, THE SPONGE MAN, and I also loved his video clips and commercials. He always kept me updated with his reel and I told him “Whenever you need any help doing your first feature, I would love to help.” So when I was prepping PAN’S LABYRINTH he came in to the hotel and he gave me the script and said “I really need your help, because we are finding it really hard to find the scope and the financing and the access to the actors and this and that” and he presented me with the script, which was pretty much what you saw on the screen. I met with him again. I discussed a few ideas. Out of ten, six were rejected and four were accepted and what I loved about seeing the way he and Sergio handled that meeting is that they had a really good camaraderie. They really got along… They were following the same idea for a movie. They had a common vision and I liked that. I proceeded to play sort of a bodyguard to help them get their first movie made. Everybody, or most everybody, in the key positions in the film were first timers. First time editor, first time director of photography, first time director… First time screenplay writer… First time special effects supervisor… to the degree that the digital effects supervisor, which did a lot of shots that are, to my eye, really well done and invisible in the film, he was just a kid that was just friends with Juan Antonio and he said, “I wish I was an effects guy… I have my own company” and we said “How many computers do you need? What’s hardware you need?” We bought him all of the hardware and that was his start as a VFX guy.

Quint: You said that you have a lot of interest in helping produce first time projects. Is it just exciting for you to see… I don’t want to make it sound like you are going out of your way to do favors for people who don’t deserve it, because it’s not, but is it exciting for you to kind of make these dreams come true?

Del Toro: The fact is, you know, it’s very delicate, because as a producer I have done I don’t know how many projects, but certainly around ten or more and a lot of them come out really good and a lot of them don’t come out the way I saw them. It’s up to the director at the end of the day. We just act as bodyguards with a hunch and if you get a hunch of somebody having talent or not, you can be wrong. That’s why when I reject a screenplay or I reject a project, I make sure to bow to the director presenting it and say “I don’t like it, but that should not stop you from doing it. You should pursue it in spite of me saying ‘no.’ You should not stop pursuing it.” And vice versa, when I say “yes,” I can be and have been very wrong with my own stuff and with somebody else’s, but it’s more exciting to do a first film than it is to try and just produce “the sure thing.”

Quint: Yeah, well how often do you look at new projects?

Del Toro: I do it enough that I have produced about five or six movies, so far, that are either first projects or second movies. I try to not go to established guys to produce, you know?

Quint: Yeah.

Del Toro: Unless it’s what Alejandro [Gonzales Inarritu], Alfonso [Cauron], and I do, which is produce each other’s movies.

Quint: I think those guys might be okay… Now it’s funny that you mention that they knocked back a lot of your suggestions, because they mentioned that as well.

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Del Toro: Yeah, I think it’s the fact that whichever ones stayed, that are part of the big scares in the film or there are some of the emotional beats in the movie, those that remain are there for a good reason, but those that were rejected, I think, are the strongest gesture, because they knew what they wanted to do. They were not there to take dictation from anyone and I think, as a producer, you must value that instead of resenting it. You know what I have encountered in my life is I have been produced by both types of producers. I have been produced by producers that are complete assholes that essentially try to give you dictation and you have to tell them to fuck off and I have worked with producers that have been incredibly benign and a real great force, exemplified the way Pedro Almodovar told me he wanted to produce DEVIL’S BACKBONE, he said “I’m going to be the kind of producer I like, which is “If you need me, I’ll be there. If you don’t need me, you will never see me.”

Quint: Yeah.

Del Toro: And he was good to his word. He was on the shoot for only one day visiting and the rest of the shoot he was not there.

Quint: That’s great and yeah, I know both Bayona and Sergio were saying that you were there almost exactly like you said in that capacity, like when there were some fires that needed to be put out or a phone call that they couldn’t make, but you could... They spoke very highly of how you protected the project.

Del Toro: The good thing about being a bodyguard is that you can take pride in something existing, but you definitely have to keep your distance and not claim it’s your accomplishment, because it isn’t. It’s their movie. It has a lot of thematic elements that I share and concerns that I share, but it’s absolutely Juan Antonio and Sergio’s movie. You like it, you talk to them. You don’t like it, you talk to them.

Quint: Well, I think we’re already in our last five minutes here, so I guess we should talk a little bit about the HELLBOY 2 trailer. You said that’s hitting today?

Del Toro: It’s hitting today, yeah and it’s a teaser in the sense that even if it’s over a minute and a half, it’s still a teaser, because it’s not telling you the whole story or trying to give you any hints. It’s just a small catalog of a portion of the images that will be in the movie, you know?

Quint: That’s good. That’s what I think should be the regular trailer.

Del Toro: The regular trailer will come out around March.

Quint: Yeah. I love the teaser stuff, but I’m getting a little tired of the trailers that show everything before you see the movie.

Del Toro: And we’ll try to avoid it even in the long form trailer, but I really hope the people that, obviously people that didn’t like the first HELLBOY, may not like this one and the people that did like the first HELLBOY, I hope they really embrace this one, because it’s a good nice growth for the characters and the world, both.

Quint: Everything I saw looked great. I love the ‘Angel of Death.’ That’s still my favorite thing.

Del Toro: Yeah, it’s a really nice character and the way that he plays in the movie, I think, is significant to setting up the tone of what will be, if there ever is, a third movie.

Quint: That’s cool, but you’re happy with how it’s shaping up so far?

Del Toro: Yeah, very much. I mean it was a very tough shoot, only in that we had to sustain six day weeks for over a hundred and thirty days with very very compressed prep. We were always battling the budget and trying to deliver scope on the movie and keep it fresh, so it was a big battle. Physically, Sundays disappeared really fast. You would blink and it was Monday, especially on night shoots, but it was a great experience shooting in Budapest.

Quint: One hundred and thirty days then, so was Perlman as red as HB after four months in prosthetics?

Del Toro: Well Ron, I think, really got more rashes on the first movie and reactions to the makeup on the first movie than on this one.

Quint: Oh yeah?

Del Toro: Much more, but there were moments where we had to stop a couple of times because he had skin breaks. I am not helping Ron Perlman age gracefully at all.

[Both Laugh]

Del Toro: I think he’s going to have the most terrible skin condition due to him working with me.

Quint: That’s something to tell his grandchildren, “It’s Guillermo’s fault…”

Del Toro: It is! I am the anti-Noxzema.

Quint: So you have about five hundred potential follow up projects and I think the fans want MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS.

Del Toro: I want MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS! Some of the stuff is just producorial. HATER is a project that I’m co-producing with Mark Johnson, but I’m not directing that. DEADMAN is the same thing. As a director, there are four or five things that I’ve been accumulating for the last few years like MOUNTAINS and MONTE CRISTO and this and that, but I try not to let go, like LIST OF SEVEN, MONTE CRISTO, blah blah blah… In the mortal words of my agent, “After HELLBOY, you are unemployed!” The real fact is that none of these things are real until you get the green light and then you know. If you had asked me, after CRONOS, if my next movie was going to be MIMIC I would have said “No, absolutely not! I’m going to do this and…” I co-wrote MONTE CRISTO, I wrote MEPHISTO’S BRIDGE, which never got made, so you know I can’t tell you. Three weeks from now or a month from now a project might come out of left field and that’s the one I’m doing. The morning that HELLBOY 2 came to pass, I was having a meeting for a project I was going to get green lit that afternoon and then I got the call saying “HELLBOY 2 was going” and I had to jump out of the other project immediately.

Quint: That’s crazy.

Del Toro: Yeah, at Universal, too!

Quint: So at least it didn’t feel like you were jumping into somebody else’s bed.

Del Toro: No no, but it’s like that. Things change from one day to the next. Now MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, that is truly… the difficult thing is to do it against what… The movie could be done if we took a smaller budget, but I really think the way to approach it is to give it the epic, sort of Shackleton exploration feel, you know? Where you really get the whalers, you get as much as you can, the feel of a big epic adventure that then turns into what it is, because the Lovecraft books… many many of the pages are essentially an exploration book and then little by little this thrilling incredibly inhuman element creeps in, but seeing things like Frank Darabont’s THE MIST or stuff in the CLOVERFEILD trailers, you know, I really get very antsy and certainly in THE MIST, there are moments that are completely out of what I want to do on MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS.

Quint: Like the leviathan that’s walking across the road?

Del Toro: At the end? For sure and the fact that in MOUNTAINS as the arctic fog settles, there’s a lot of stuff happening in the mist, so you know, as long as I can keep my blind albino penguins and the Old Ones and the Shoggoth, I think… Somebody is going to do it sooner or later. When we were in New Zealand talking about HALO, I certainly knew that if HALO happened, the flood would completely destroy MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, because the flood is in essence an ever mutating Shoggoth.

Quint: Definitely, you can very much feel that inspiration in the video game and I can only imagine how it would have translated to the screen…

Del Toro: It would have been beautiful and I must tell that’s a… of anything in my life that I look back and wish it could have happened is that project, because it is such a powerful experience. People talk about it and say “it’s ALIENS or it’s a retread of this or that,” I don’t think so. I think there are angle to that game that are far more epic and far more complex as a cosmology than that. It’s not just about grunts in space. It’s much more than that. It’s a whole epic.

Quint: And with as successful as the videogame is, there’s just… somebody’s going to do it at some point. That film has to happen, the video game just makes too much money.

Del Toro: It should, if there was any wisdom to the way things should happen and I love it so much, again, that I would like to see it in any incarnation. If Neil [Blomkamp] and Peter [Jackson] get to do it, I’ll be almost as happy as if I was doing it. I’d probably enjoy watching it more than if I would do it and you know when I was talking to (Universal Exec) Mary Parent about Neil and I saw Neil’s reel, I really thought “This guy is going to do a fantastic HALO movie.”

Quint: That goes back to your excitement of seeing somebody get their first shot.

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Del Toro: I’ll tell you this, soon enough we’ll announce a new project that I’m producing that is again a very likely presentation credit and it’s a filmmaker that had only done a couple of short films and that’s what I like to see. I like to find the guys that are doing short films that really have a voice and help them get to the big stage of a feature, you know?

Quint: Yep.

Del Toro: I find that, if I can produce ten of those movies before I die, I’ll be incredibly happy and if I was doing a TV series, I would go that route. If I was doing a TV series, I would go the route of producing an entire anthology, just with first time directors. I would not call it MASTERS OF HORROR, I would call it “THE APPRENTICES OF HORROR.”

Quint: That’d be awesome. I’m sure that they are ready to pull you away here, since we are going over our time, but we’ll keep in touch. You need to come back to Austin.

Del Toro: Say hi to the County Line BBQ, will you?

Quint: I will. I’m trying to lose some weight, but I’ll do that for you.

Del Toro: You are losing it.

Quint: Yes, and I’ve lost ten pounds since I last saw you in Budapest.

Del Toro: Soon, you will be able to see your shoes!

Quint: And other things, hopefully.

Del Toro: And then the shoeshine boy.

[Both Laugh]

Quint: Alright, later on Guillermo.

Del Toro: Bye Bye.



There you have it. I’m sure I’ll post something more in the next few days, but I’ll take this opportunity to wish all you folks a Happy Holiday. On behalf of all the Ain’t It Cool contributors, thanks for reading and making AICN what it is, day in and day out. It’s appreciated. -Quint quint@aintitcool.com



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  • Dec. 22, 2007, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Awesome Interview, Quint.

    by The Brain Machine

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Awesome Interview, Quint.

    by The Brain Machine

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 9:56 p.m. CST

    quint's a fatass!

    by bootle2

    Thank god he's no merrick though. I hate that hack, i honestly, truly hate and loathe him. Where are these powerful emotions coming from? He's just a bland, drab a-hole.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 10:06 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see him do Halo

    by dgcrawford

    than Blompkamp. If those short films were any indication, Blompkamp was going for the "spacemarine" aspect much more than the mythological parts. We've seen spacemarines, but we've never seen alien religions and ancient civilizations (outside of Stargate, which is AWESOME). That's much more interesting to me, and Guillermo would rock the shit out of that.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Good interview

    by Darth Thoth

    He is definitely one of my favorite filmmakers working today. No question about it.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 10:24 p.m. CST

    merrick sucks

    by bootle2

    but not cuz he's a yank. What do you think I am, holmes dos, a liverpudlian? Merrick is actually a master at being a tool bag. Every new article I see, i try to guess if it's master tool bag based solely on how annoying the headline is. I would saying I'm batting better than .500!

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Thanks Quint

    by Dr Uwe Boll

    Good as always, really appreciate the sound'o'text too.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Should have made Coraline...that teaser sucks Disney ass

    by FlickaPoo

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:36 p.m. CST

    QUINT should interview RON PAUL next!!!

    by shogunshin

    quint's interviews rule!!! i cannot wait for HELLBOY II. QUINT, is there anyway you can interview RON PAUL for this website next??? RON PAUL wants to ERADICATE the IRS and INCOME TAX!!! more money for you! RON PAUL wants to end all foreign wars!!! bring home our soldiers to defend our borders here, and keep our soldiers, and all americans, SAFE! RON PAUL will protect our CONSTITUTION. so QUINT, can you interview RON PAUL NEXT, so we can learn more about him? thanks, and in 2008, i am lining up to see HELLBOY, and i am going to VOTE FOR RON PAUL.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:46 p.m. CST

    wow, that's some serious vitriol

    by bootle2

    I'm impressed. Now hurl some of that shit Merrick's way, and leave "shercock" alone!

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:47 p.m. CST

    THE HOBBIT/DEL TORO/ BLOMKAMP

    by THE KNIGHT

    How much you wanna bet Neil or Del Toro will direct the Hobbit? I'm calling it now...

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:56 p.m. CST

    hellboy I

    by bootle2

    I thought the weak part was that wesley crusher motherfuck. If they needed to get a new recruit to provide the audience an expository vantage point, they should have gone with another monster, roger the humonculus comes to mind. Maybe it was a budget issue though. Also, crusher needed far less of a backstory. But that love triangle shit with McHottie Selma Blair was FORCED!

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:57 p.m. CST

    P.S.

    by bootle2

    I'd put it in her poop shoot. I'd put it in and BREAK IT OFF!

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:57 p.m. CST

    poop chute

    by bootle2

    ?

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 11:58 p.m. CST

    hey shercock, whaddya know

    by bootle2

    it's an aussie thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poop_Chute

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Hey, you fuck

    by Pipple

    I'm going to great people like that everywhere I go from now on.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 12:01 a.m. CST

    I liked Hellboy well enough

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    Wasn't great but I found it to be really enjoyable. There was a lot of things to like in it. I really liked the scene with Hellboy on the rooftop spying on Liz with the new guy while sharing milk and cookies with the kid. I know I'll pay money to go see Hellboy 2. <p> Btw, is Halo really that good of a story? I've never played it but from what I saw of it... isn't it basically a guy shooting bunches of evil aliens? I'm guessing there has to be more to it than just that right?

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 12:38 a.m. CST

    List of Seven?

    by biscuit turner

    Seriously? Guillermo's working on a List Of Seven movie? Fuck all the rest, this MUST GET MADE. Please, I'm begging you! Take an incredible novel (part James Bond, part ghost story, part Victorian adventure, all Sherlock Holmes) by the co-creator of Twin Peaks, team him with a visionary director again, you have a brilliant combination. <br> <br> Also, I never get why people dig the County Line. Come to Lockhart with me, Guillermo & Quint, we'll hit Kreuz, Smitty's, and Black's in one day!

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 1:55 a.m. CST

    biscuit

    by Quint

    Black's is very good, but my favorite is still Salt Lick. Their selection isn't wide, but damn do they nail atmosphere and that neverending heart-attack platter... Good God, y'all!

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Salt Lick...

    by Lt. Kaffee

    is the only BBQ in austin as far as i'm concerned. rudy's is a far second... but only after a long day of drinking and floating down the guadalupe...

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Del Toro

    by kwisatzhaderach

    took a serious leap up in my estimation after Pan's Labyrinth. Greatly looking forward to Hellboy 2 now.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Sherlock Holmes II....

    by Brundlefly

    I'm Australian too but that doesn't alter the fact that you're an embarassing fuck-stick who loves to feel like you're 'keeping it real' by only watching 'independent films' and putting the boot in to whatever you may deem to be 'studio product'....whatever that category means. I'm so fucking glad I don't have your boring-ass cinematic sensibilities when it copmes to viewing films, otherwise I'd see maybe two films a year and spend the rest of the time boring the fuck out of people by telling them that there is some higher level of film viewing that seems to be escaping the rest of us. So how's your quality of life knowing that your so fucking great only watching 'non-commercial' films? Wow, I thought high minded, ignorant cunts like you could actually espouse fully formed arguments rather than half-assed opinions based on the retarded teachings of whichever mentally challenged university film professor whose cock you sucked for those higher grades.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 5:50 a.m. CST

    If there's any justice in the Universe 'Mountains' will be made.

    by KillaKane

    the way Del Torro envisages it (along with many hardcore Lovecraft devotees). The more i hear about Guillermo's plaans the more I salivate in geeky anticipation at what he can (an hopefully will) do with this adaptation. Visually it has the potential to supplant many classic horrors as the greatest and most nightmarish (I'm thinking beyond John Carpenter's the Thing).

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 6:18 a.m. CST

    This man MUST direct THE HOBBIT... MUST!

    by Razorback

    I mean... come on!

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 6:53 a.m. CST

    You jumped the gun, man

    by seppukudkurosawa

    You completely forgot to ask him the million-dollar question: "How in Crom's name did Harry manage to go into so much detail in the Blade II review about what a cunnilingus connoisseur you are without...let's say, experiencing a little ass-to-mouth?" After reading five pages of that, you can't help but wonder.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 7:05 a.m. CST

    "Three weeks from now or a month from now...

    by C Legion

    a project might come out of left field and that’s the one I’m doing." The Hobbit.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Can't we open a paypal account or something?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Every GDT fan gives as much as he can , so that he can make MOUNTAINS as an independent production with that money.<br> I know, sounds dumb, but imagine all the geeks who spend every year thousands of bucks for Star Wars memorabilia or stuff like that would give that money to GDT instead.<br> And if that works, we could do the same thing for Terry Gilliam (Okay, maybe he needs our money more than Guillermo...)

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    I think DerLanghaarige's on to something here

    by carpetofstars

    You could set up an account in a blind trust so that fans could commit a certain amount of money towards a particular project. If there was enough interest you could start up an independant fund to lure directors to a script we all want to see made. Done properly you might even be able to see a return on your meager investment. Someone smarter than me needs to fine tune this plan.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Whoever controls that fund would run away with the money.

    by godoffireinhell

    Reality check, dude! Stop being such a naive little optimist.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    I always liked Guillermo....

    by Quake II

    Seems like a cool fan that made it. And he has a great eye. Pan's Labyrinth was brilliant. Backbone was good. Blade II had some moments as well. Even Mimic showed that the guy had potential. I will support Hellboy 2. I had fun with the first one. It actually grew on me the more I saw it (rare).

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST

    I second GDT for Hobbit

    by Hamish

    When I thought about it it gave me goosebumps.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Harry's Friends with Guillermo Del Toro

    by WolfmanNards

    Did you guys know that? Harry and Guillermo are really good friends. Guillermo calls Harry all the time and tells him secret movie stuff. Stuff we can't know about. Harry was on the phone with Guillermo when the academy awards were announced for Pans Labyrinth. He was the first person to hear Guillermo's reaction. They're great pals. They go fishing together and eat pussy with eachother at the pussy eating bar. One time Harry fingerfucked Guillermo while Guillermo was writing a movie script. I think it was for Hellboy. Hellboy is based on Harry.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST

    How good would that be?! A soley geek financed production

    by KillaKane

    If sufficient volume of interest was there and the production monies managed in a legally scrupulous fashion (no hands in the till or misappropriations etc) that would be an interesting new business model for film financing (from without) by the target market enabling an established director and professional team to make what 'we' all want. If only..films are made for a return on investment, unless such altruism exists purely for the creation of a cool piece of entertainment, with a global dispersement of profit sharing?! I want to see Mountains of Madness as much as I want to see George Miller return to 'Mad Max 2' territory with Fury Road, or for Blomkamp to get another shot at Halo, Instead these types of project get sidelined, nixed by studio execs in favour of far less worthy yet readily more marketable projects(in the eyes of such callow studio *executive* types) sweetened by the incentive to possibly greenlight their 'dream project' if all performs well. Del Torro is one of our own, and I can understand him wanting to do the film adaptation of MOM justice and not have it marginalised by bugetary constraints and compromised by near sighted studio micro-managment. Once he gets the juice (Pan's Labyrinth was a good start in garnering critical recognition)which by Hollywood standards equates to box office and bottom line then I'm hoping we'll see a definitive take on one of Lovecraft's best by a director truly unfettered.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Quint's not fat!!!

    by T 1000 xp professional

    say it ain't so, Quint..Say it ain't soo!...Hey Grrreat interview, man. I slightly disagree with Mr. Del Toro about Halo not being derivative, but it is true that some visionary director can make the game's voice that much more unique. Neil Blomkamp's Halo reel was godly and any producing numbnut would be a moron not to put down money on that guy.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Metal Gear Solid

    by T 1000 xp professional

    pleeasse would somebody make this movie....Yes, I know the story of the game (especially after revisiting it after all these years) is of extreme B-movie quality. Yes, I know that most of the games are homages to other great action movies, (First Blood and Escape from New York)...Just as Halo is a Sci Fi visually oriented director's dream, MGS after tweaking some roles and characters could be an actor's fun house....This movie would rely heavily on the cast, but damnit it's possible.... I'm addresing all the Producers and executives now. Think of the audience seeing an amazing trailer for that action blockbuster. Guaranteed money.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST

    sorry about that random mgs post

    by T 1000 xp professional

    back to del Toro please...You know what. That's a man with an imagination and a sense of wonder that's missing from alot of directors/producers. He's taken advantage of the cinema by presenting to us stories that offer escapism and morals/ethics that resonate with us after the viewing experience. That right there is what i believe should be one of the benefits of going movies. I don't care what any of you cynics say, but that is a reason why I love Spielberg. These guys are on different wavelengths, but I do feel that they have some of the same missions.....I feel like watching Pan's now

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST

    i maintain faith

    by occula

    that GDT will do 'mountains.' i can see it playing in my head right now and i know he would do some dope shit with that story. somebody get a producer on the horn with a shiteload of money who needs a hit with cred. tom cruise? you know you want it, girlfriend!

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Metal Gear Solid is getting made

    by Pipple

    Too bad David Hayter isn't writing it. The man deserves to be a part of it in some way but whatever. So yeah it's going to be made and hopefully be as fucking sweet as the games.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 7:11 p.m. CST

    I THINK I FIGURED IT OUT

    by lecter1914

    In an earlier talkback I asked why everyone acts like GDT is the second coming of christ for films or something. I mean, none of his movies have been bad, I just never felt that they were all that good. Pan's Labyrinth would be the only one that I actually was moved to feel anything for. But I upon reflecting....the guy has a great eye and loads of imagination and a great visual style....doesn't mean his movies are exactly good, but he's obviously talented. This post is kinda pointless, but I felt the need to try and figure out why the guy is so popular and I think I figured it out. I just hope he continues the upswing he started with Pan's Labyrinth.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Trailer Looks Fantastic!

    by topaz4206

    Saw it on MySpace-- <br><br>*Cowers in shame*

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Here's why del Toro is the coolest fan-oriented director around.

    by theredtoad

    Del Toro: At the end? For sure and the fact that in MOUNTAINS as the arctic fog settles, there’s a lot of stuff happening in the mist, so you know, as long as I can keep my blind albino penguins and the Old Ones and the Shoggoth, I think… Somebody is going to do it sooner or later. When we were in New Zealand talking about HALO, I certainly knew that if HALO happened, the flood would completely destroy MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, because the flood is in essence an ever mutating Shoggoth.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 11:48 p.m. CST

    "Get a room!"

    by AD_Skinner

    "We're in a room"

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 11:49 p.m. CST

    "Well then loose some weight!"

    by AD_Skinner

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 3:02 a.m. CST

    all i care about is MOUNTAINS

    by oceanic86

    seriously, i love (most of) guillermo's work, but every time a new project is announced, all i can feel is disappointment that AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS is that much further away. get on that shit!

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 8:23 a.m. CST

    This is the guy that I wish directed...

    by Giltar

    'Love in the Time of Cholera"

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Any director who can create a scene, based on..

    by Stalkeye

    ..the Jack Kirby splash page (citing the underground fight with the reapers in Blade II) deserves a shout out. Toro owns!! Can't wait to see HB 2.

  • Dec. 25, 2007, 12:44 a.m. CST

    I read the Mountains script.

    by Uncapie

    Its like the pages were torn out of the book and ready to be shot for the screen. Its excellent! This movie needs to be made and Del Toro is the right director for it.

  • Dec. 25, 2007, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Hellboy = highly underrated movie

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    I love the 1st movie and think it's one of the best comic book translations to grace film. Truly looking forward to Hellboy 2 and great job on the interview Quint!

  • Dec. 25, 2007, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Felices Fiestas, Gordo

    by CuervoJones

    <br>

  • Dec. 25, 2007, 5:49 p.m. CST

    VOTE RON PAUL!!!!

    by StrokerX

    He will save America.....go to You Tube and watch his videos...its up to us!!!!!

  • Dec. 25, 2007, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Quint, didja ask Senor Del Toro about DEADMAN adaptation...?

    by BadWaldosRevenge

    Still in development hell, eh? I disliked Pan's Labyrinth because of its indulgence in graphic violence. I'm still extremely glad Del Toro lost the precious Oscar for Best Foreign Film to a superior film from Germany.

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Wait, whats this about Monte Cristo?

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    A new monte cristo movie by Guillermo Del Toro? Tell me more.

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Somebody got Hellboy and Hellblazer mixed up

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    The Hellboy movie felt more like a Hellblazer comic and Constantine felt more like a Hellyboy comic, tone and moodish wise, in my opinion. They should have switched directors

  • Dec. 26, 2007, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Mountains of Madness

    by professor murder

    The project is announced, but who knows when it would start pre production. It says he's writing and directing the movie but it has a date of 2010 so it will still be a bit. Even has Ron Pearlman RUMORED as Larson. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1118070/ Geez, Cronos, Blade 2, Hellboys, Mountains, Del Toro loves giving Pearlman work!

  • Dec. 27, 2007, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Ron Paul pwns teh suk

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    Seriously.