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UPDATED: Not So Fast! Can I Hear A Hell R'lyeh?! AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS Starts Filming In June!

Published at: March 7, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST by Nordling

Nordling here.

According to Don Murphy, talking to io9, we Lovecraft and Guillermo Del Toro fans can rejoice and breathe a sigh of relief.  He says filming for the 3D epic horror film will begin in June, with Tom Cruise and Ron Perlman set to star.  The article states that the film is supposed to be "very close to the H. P. Lovecraft source material".

I've been waiting for this movie since I was a pimply kid grooving on Lovecraft in high school.  I just hope it blows our collective minds and the 3D is used to show us something that hurts to look at and drives us to insanity.  Although Cthulhu doesn't enter into the novella, it would be nice to see a shout-out to ol' Tentacle-Beard.  Either way, I'm very happy this film's finally happening.

Nordling, out.

UPDATE:

Alright, according to Deadline, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS may not happen in June after all.  Legendary Pictures is prepping a film called PACIFIC RIM with the idea that Del Toro would direct it; it's a PG-13 monster movie and I don't know the plot beyond that, but apparently Guillermo has been involved with pre-production for quite some time, and with screenwriter Travis Beecham.  Drew McWeeny at Hitfix also talked to Don Murphy personally and according to him no start date has been set.  It's all a bit confusing.

Also according to the Deadline article, Universal's not too eager to rush into an R-Rated epic horror film, even with James Cameron and Tom Cruise involved, and it looks like they'd rather have PACIFIC RIM released first.  That's extremely unfortunate, but Lovecraft has a fan base and with the names involved it seems silly to me that Universal would be uneasy about the film.  Remember LORD OF THE RINGS, Universal?  The Lovecraft fanbase may not be as big, but I guarantee you that they're out there and very interested in this project.  I'm sure the budget's high, and that's causing concern, but sometimes you have to take that risk and have faith in the filmmakers, and I think this is one of those times.  I hope Don Murphy is right and not Deadline, and that this is happening.  But right now, it's just not a sure thing.  Mother shuggoth.

Nordling, out.

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  • March 7, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Hell Yeah!

    by Rev. Artemis Prime

    That is all.

  • March 7, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Cthulhu is most pleased

    by Chief_Macho

  • March 7, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    I have no doubt

    by toshiro-solo

    Guillermo will ROCK this shit. And - Perlman FTW! Can't wait!

  • March 7, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    What This Film Needs

    by Aquatarkusman

    Is Lovecraft's turgid, over-adjectived descriptions read tremulously in a voice-over by Maurice La Marche, doing his best Brain (from Pinky and the Brain).

  • March 7, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Now, THIS is FUCKING COOL NEWS!!!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Tom, all is forgiven, you crazy dope.

  • March 7, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    sounds cool,

    by seabiscuits

    maybe i should dust off the book and read that one.

  • March 7, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise digging Xenu out of his mountain tomb.

    by ROBRAM89

    That's a damn movie.

  • March 7, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    awesome news except for Cruise

    by scrote

    ...must be having problems getting financing...

  • Since AICN hasn't posted it yet, Silent Hill Revelation's cast has been announced and shooting started today. tinyurl.com/4o8f4k9 It's good to have some actual monster attempts in 3D horror coming rather than just some slashers or Resident Evil.

  • March 7, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Cool news, and Hellboy III please Del Toro and Perlman

    by u.k. star

    Del Toro is going to mess with the depth of field (like Coraline but even more so) to make this film really affect the audience. 3D, like sound, light, steadycams, models & CGI is a tool that can be utilised to great effect by a true craftsman; or abused / misused by the likes of Emmerich. (See his reverse Zoom abuse in Godzilla) I can't wait

  • March 7, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise reacting to Lovecraftian CGI critters...

    by justmyluck

    ... just DROPPED my interest in this by about 500%.

  • March 7, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    I want shoggoth

    by Chocolate_Giddyup

    ooze in three dimensions. now.

  • March 7, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    I hope Cruise plays Cthulu.

    by Royston Lodge

  • March 7, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    How many of you have actually read the story recently?

    by Ironhelix

    It's going to be impossible to pull off on film. Adding 3D to that isn't going to help. You know, just arbitrarily making EVERY good book into a movie isn't necessarily the greatest idea. Some things work better in print. Like giant penguins. Can't wait to see the audience react to that...

  • March 7, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    I've read it. I don't think it'll make a good movie.

    by V'Shael

    Of all the Cthulhu Mythos stories to use, it's not the one I'd have picked for the big screen.

  • March 7, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    I've read the screenplay.

    by Mono

    I don't think it will make a good movie.

  • March 7, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    This takes place in Antarctica??

    by kafka07

    meh

  • March 7, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Awesome

    by Laserhead

    That's all.

  • March 7, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Cruise/Sheen/Estevez/Gibson

    by Laserhead

    So Charlie Sheen played the Tom Cruise role in 'Hot Shots', and Emilio Estevez played the Mel Gibson role in 'Loaded Weapon'. Now all four are batshit. ...Some kind of 80's action-movie-parody curse?

  • March 7, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise

    by Patrick Hines

    Regardless of how you feel about the man's private life, he usually gives it 100% on the screen. Doesn't always mean that 100% is good, but the man doesn't phone it in.

  • March 7, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    I'm prepared to swallow a bit of Cruise...

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    if that's what it takes to get this made. Hearing GDT talk it up in the big New Yorker interview made this my most anticipated movie. Be interesting if it comes out around the same time as Prometheus. Lovecraft vs Giger.

  • March 7, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    I wonder...

    by Dollar Bird

    ...how much of the old script that ran around the talkbacks a few months back is intact. It was an okay script, if not unabashedly derivative of "The Thing". It felt like a del Toro film. The New Yorker piece from last month dropped a few interesting design tidbits. I'd love to see Barlowe's Cthuhlu with floating head and parasitic remora demons. But, yeah, the film's going to have to be a totally different animal from the book, because the book is mostly just a slow reveal within ancient ruins of the secret behind Earth's natural history. Then there's giant penguins and a brief monster chase at the end. (spoiler) Will the explorers' soul-shattering discovery that humanity is some silly dalliance look that much better in 3D?

  • March 7, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    When shall we look for a trailer?

    by Sw0rdfish

    But seriously, folks... This is really good news. Somehow the Tom Cruise involvement had escaped my notice before this, but even so... He is capable of doing a fine job. It's not a lock, but it's certainly feasible. And this being made at all, with this director--I'm a happy man.

  • March 7, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    Don Murphy is involved?

    by Bass Ackwards

    I'm mostly really bummed that we're not getting Del Toro's Hobbit, after reading that interview in The New Yorker its a film I would have loved to have seen (if nothing else, to see the dragon design realized on screen).

  • March 7, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    "Very close to the source material" except...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...with Tom Cruise running... a lot!

  • March 7, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    But will there be....GIANT ALBINO PENGUINS?????

    by Simpsonian

    curious to see how they pull that off without making it laughable or if they even try...

  • March 7, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise? Really???

    by Jobacca

    Any chance he gets killed in the first five minutes and then the rest of the flick is just Ron Perlman vs Cthulu? Or better yet,Hellboy vs Cthulu? 'Cause thats the flick I want to see....

  • March 7, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Cruise? Nooooooooooo!

    by Mr Lucas

    How about Adam Sandler or Rob Schneider for good measure? Cruise always ruins a film for me (same with DiCrapio or Pitt). They may be considered 'good actors' but they just leave me cold.

  • March 7, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Only way we're seein Cthulhu is

    by magnetoelectric

    Maybe in the Mural scene , Where all the paintings depict the history. Im sure that'll be like a flashback style scene rather than just looking at paintings..

  • March 7, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise is a fine and dedicated actor MOST of the times

    by aphextwin

    Yes, he is one Awkward dude, but with the right direction and script he can deliver the goods; Born on the fourth of July, Mission Impossible (1), Rain Man, Magnolia, Minority report, Collateral and yes, Tropic Thunder featured all decent to terrific Cruise performances IMO. I'd say give the dude some liniency.

  • March 7, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    i found H.P. Lovecraft wicked fucking hard to read

    by stu_pickles

  • Plus, Tom Cruise must be praising Charlie Sheen right now

  • March 7, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Maybe i'll give it another shot.

    by stu_pickles

  • March 7, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise rolling the dice

    by Rupee88

    why not....I like his attitude to try it..trying to revive his career a bit but probably doesn't care that much either way.

  • March 7, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    I wonder how they'll do the mutant penguins

    by rev_skarekroe

    Penguins just aren't scary, no matter what you do to them.

  • March 7, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Ah, simpsonian already posed that question

    by rev_skarekroe

    I should read the rest of the Talkback first....

  • March 7, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise

    by Ciderman

    Well, he proved he had some acting chops in Collateral, so here's hoping he does the same in this. I hope they don't wander off into Xenu land or something!

  • March 7, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Call of Cthulhu in Mythoscope was awesome

    by gun_will_travel

    Lovecraft fans should check out the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society 2005 film "Call of Cthulhu." It's essentially an amateur production shot using techniques and materials that would have been available at the turn of the century when Lovecraft was writing. Way, way old school and a lot more fun than a bloated, over-produced mess like Transformers.

  • March 7, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    I did read the screenplay

    by HSStudios

    I read a draft Del Toro did with Matthew Robbins. It's around if you look for it. It's OK, not great. Sort of wanders a bit trying to find the human relationship story there to hang a movie on (which wasn't Lovecraft's strong suit). I'm assuming it's been revised. And Del Toro will be working hard to make it its own thing apart from the book. I love the book...it's not a natural for a movie, except like most of Lovecraft, the scope of the world is cinematic, the vibe is cinematic.

  • March 7, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Why this instead of Call of Cthulhu?

    by Royston Lodge

    The structure of the Call of Cthulhu short story seems way more amenable to a screenplay. Act One: The university. Act Two: The bayou. Act Three: Antarctica. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

  • March 7, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    check your sources....it's NOT true

    by Stormshadow4life

    hitfix

  • March 7, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    It will be an electric penguin, twenty feet high...

    by Dr Lizardo

    With long green tentacles that sting people, and Tom Cruise can stab it in the wings and the blood can go spurting psssssshhhh in slow motion.

  • March 7, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    DID SOMEBODY SAY CTHULHU???

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I sense a welcomed return of the fabled "Cthulhu Dance" meme. Come on...you know you want it.

  • March 7, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    FUCK YEAH

    by kwisatzhaderach

    About time!

  • March 7, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Oh...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    It's not been greenlit yet. The waiting continues...

  • March 7, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    UPDATE

    by Nordling

    Read above.

  • March 7, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Update: well, fuckles...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Goddamnit, now I'm in a pissy mood... It really does seem too good to be true...

  • March 7, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Lovecraft is not Tolkien.

    by shutupfanboy

    Rings was/is/will be more popular then C'thullu. Better, I have no idea, but its not going to be like LOTR. I sorta understand Universal being hesistant. Yet, you have an established director, actor and a fanbase that is more then most flicks get.

  • March 7, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    How can fat overgrown ape cocktease so much?

    by Arnold Van Seagal

    Oh yeah... it's Guillermo Del Toro. I knew this was too good to be true. Del Toro should shut is mouth in future and just make films instead of talking about them.

  • March 7, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    They're scared because of the R rating

    by rev_skarekroe

    R rated horror movies don't sell as many tickets. Bottom line.

  • March 7, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    I cheer the update.

    by Chairman_Kaga

    Keep Del Toro on original work rather than adaptations.

  • March 7, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    A lot

    by Gelatinousman

    But we never got the big C

  • March 7, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    I'm assuming it's Pacific Rim that will star Cruise???

    by performingmonkey

    To me the idea of Cruise in Mountains of Madness is WAY too interesting for it to be real. It's far more predictable for him to be in this PG-13 lite monster flick that del Toro may have to make in order to pave the way for his dream project. You've got to wonder whether his departure from The Hobbit has left a sour taste with the execs, that he would be willing to walk away from something as huge as that because he couldn't have full control. Would Universal want to give him that control on something so massive as an R-rated horror Mountains?? If they had any balls they would, especially with Cameron involved, but the last balls on show were over 11 years ago when Peter Jackson pitched LOTR to New Line as 2 movies and came away with a 3 movie deal!! Why don't the get that when shit like that goes down it gets us excited. Do they not realise TDK and Avatar made SHITLOADS of money because they were both adventurous projects that we were all excited about, just as Mountains would be, and thus the big bucks would come rolling in. MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!!

  • March 7, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Why does AICN always assume we know what this shit is?

    by eXcommunicated

    A real news site would write a blurb or synopsis of the book for the article.

  • March 7, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Good

    by dale_cooper

    I'm glad it's not filming yet; maybe the delay will cause Tom Cruise to drop out. For that matter, I don't think Perlman really has any place in this either. I know del Toro loves his grotesque ass, but I've never seen in a movie that made me think he'd be appropriate in the role of one of H.P.'s tweedy scientist/writer/explorer types. He was great as Hellboy, but none of the characters in "Mountains of Madness" are anything like that. Honestly both of these pieces of casting news give me serious pause. <br><br> As for Silent Hill 2 - people care about that, really? The first one was a fitfully decent letdown (although I deserved it for getting my hopes up about a video game movie). As a low-rent sequel to a video game movie, this can only be worse. And if they were going to use one of the game plots wholesale, how the hell did they not settle on Silent Hill 2? People in Hollywood have no fucking brains, I swear.

  • March 7, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Short open letter to Universal.

    by UltimaRex

    Do the "Demand it" thing Paramount did for Paranormal Activity. Enough people sign up, do the movie. If not, go ahead with Pacific rim.

  • March 7, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Just finished it last week

    by UGG

    I now can't stop listening to the audio book. It was a good read but I think I liked it mainly because you finally get a bit of the back story on the Great Old One's. I don't know how they can squeeze Cthulhu in unless they substitute the Shoggoth at the end for him. In fact I think Call of Cthulhu would be more cinematic as most of ATMOM is the wonderful description's of the geology and biology of the world they find. Also I'm not averse to Cruise in the role, I don't hate him, get Sharlto Copely for Danforth and were good. If it dosen't get made we still have The Thing.

  • March 7, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    As fan boys can we stop assuming

    by bee152

    that the rest of the world loves and is as involved in source material as we are? I love the novella At the Mountains of Madness but I can honestly say that there are about 4 people I know that are even aware of its existence. Granted it would be a great film done right but it does not have the draw we think it does. Making it R rated would be fantastic but a PG13 rating would draw a bigger audience worth the budget it deserves and worth the studios investment. I'm sorry to say but the fan base for the source material, as with most source materials, is not large enough for a film of this magnitude to be profitable let alone alienate a large segment of the movie going audience, i.e. teens and pre teens, that could make it financially sound for the studio.

  • March 7, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Also Ron Perlman playing a sleigh driver..

    by UGG

    isn't bad, it's a role he could fit into. There were around 50 people on the expedition I think so plenty of room for extra characters.

  • March 7, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    If Cruise is in...

    by I am not a number

    ... then I am out. No way am I contributing one cent that might go to the coffers of the Cult of Scientology. Maybe I'll just sneak in after buying a ticket for something else.

  • March 7, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    It could be Toms best film since Legend

    by TheJudger

    If the material is done with respect. This could be the best film to happen to the genre.

  • March 7, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Turd Gravy

    by bee152

    LOTR was rated pg-13. My point was that in order for a studio to make the investment worthwhile for them they have to make the finished product as easily accessible to the widest audience possible. If they said they wanted to make an R rated LOTR the studio would never have put the money into it. An R rated ATMOM would only draw the original fan base. Parents won't bring their pre-teens to see the movie.

  • March 7, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    AWESOME!

    by THE TRUE PINBACK

    Nowthat Charlie Sheen has been fired from that accursed sitcom, hopefully they can snare him to star in this film! He and Lindsay Lohan ought to be able to fill a theater seat or two! Seriously...the past has proven that you shouldn't believe ANY of this shit until you see pics from the set!

  • March 7, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Nothing could be better than Collect Call of Cathulhu

    by Royston Lodge

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e24tkBx4mNQ

  • March 7, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Cruise = Seagal (Executive Decision)

    by tiggr009

    Cruise could draw the crowds if he consistently dies in the first act of the movie.

  • March 7, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Cruise?!

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    For fuck's sake, that just killed it for me. I'll just go back and re-read the novella. I honestly don't think we need this movie anyway. We all know it'll never turn out as good as the source material no matter who is attached to the project.

  • March 7, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    I don't know why I said "consistently"

    by tiggr009

    "I'm a doctor, Jim, not an english teacher!"

  • March 7, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise – Please No

    by batfunk

    I thought Tom Cruise was off the triple-A list now. His name doesn't guarantee a hit nowadays, so why choose him? I'd prefer a real thespian like Ian McKellen or someone with real gravitas.

  • March 7, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    This project has always seemed too good to be true.

    by D Ropaela

    And now, with Murphy's backpedaling and the shit about PACIFIC RIM being mentioned, I can't help but think this project is doomed. Motherfuck.

  • Fuck it.

  • March 7, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    still confused...

    by ignard

    about why people hate on Tom Cruise.

  • March 7, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    ignard: Me, too.

    by D Ropaela

    Sure, the guy's full of himself and he's absolutely obnoxious in real life, but the guy has been in some great fucking movies. He seems to have really good taste when it comes to big projects.

  • March 7, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Pre-existing fanbases help.

    by shutupfanboy

    Especially when it comes to genre movies that as we see here are hard to get money for.

  • Load up on the violence and gore, but don't show any tits or have anyone say "fuck," and they should be good to go.

  • GDT can use that technology Fincher used in "The Social Network" to make them all look alike.

  • March 7, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    thatchicken

    by ignard

    Yeah the guy REALLY tries to entertain us and people seem to be stuck in 2005.

  • March 7, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Yeah, we get it. Scientologists are nutty.

    by D Ropaela

    But how are their beliefs any less rational than those of someone who believes that the creator of everything made his son, who is also, uh, himself, come to Earth via virgin birth to spread a doctrine largely contradictory to the doctrine that creator had been extolling for thousands of years beforehand, then willingly die and come back to life, only to be raised up to a magical place in the clouds to sit at the right hand of his father, who, uh, happens to be himself? Bollocks.

  • March 7, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Really, James? Really?

    by blackwood

    I guess someone's not as 'king of the world' as someone once thought someone was, is someone. I mean, if I were king of the world, I'm pretty sure Del Toro would be in post on this right now. Heck, if I were king of the world, I would use some of my King Money to 'independently' finance the film, and then worry about studio involvement later if at all. You know, cause a king could do that.

  • March 7, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    blackwood

    by D Ropaela

    Fucking-a right on the nose, there. Maybe, though, that's what Universal is trying to push Jim into doing.

  • March 7, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Irrationality isn't the (only) issue

    by I am not a number

    It's the fact that the organization exists to bilk people out of their money, uses "therapies" to manipulate their members, destroys families and lives (look up Lisa McPherson), and advocates unscientific procedures when people should seek genuine medical assistance. Didn't Jenna Elfman said she couldn't support any organization that raised money for AIDS research because "AIDS is a state of mind, not a disease"?

  • March 7, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    i am not a number

    by D Ropaela

    So, the Catholic church doesn't exist to bilk people out of money or control vast real estate holdings? And, sure, the Catholic church doesn't think AIDS is a state mind, but it continues to insist that people in the third world continue to have scores of babies despite the perpetuation of poverty and the spread of STDs such as AIDS.

  • Or Hinduism. Etc. etc. etc. Let's not forget all the wonderful things those faiths did for women and the poor.

  • March 7, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    CTHULHU = XENU

    by UGG

    Don't you see? DON'T YOU SEE!!? Tom will be one of the cult member's sent undercover in the expedition to awaken the Great Cthulhu, who is really going to rape our thetans with his sexy tentacles.

  • March 7, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    And anyway, we all know that the one true god is Cthulhu.

    by D Ropaela

  • March 7, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    How could I forget Ceiling Cat????

    by D Ropaela

    There is no crueler, unforgiving deity.

  • March 7, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    thatchicken

    by I am not a number

    I'm no fan of the Catholic Church either (atheist), but the pope isn't starring in any movies that are coming out based on HP Lovecraft, so it isn't relevant here. I refuse to given my money to a project that is going to help some brainwashed zombie promote his cult (BTW, the Catholic Church could learn a few things from the CoS about how to liberate people from their money). Scientology is a sick institution that targets celebrities to enhance their profile; celebrities who get cast in movies I would otherwise want to see.

  • March 7, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Though you are right about Cthulu

    by I am not a number

    Cthulhu fhtagn!

  • MAYBE a director of Cameron's caliber could pull off a period film set entirely in Antarctica with giant penguins and an indescribably weird enormous abandoned city, but Del Toro..? I give him props for the first Hellboy, and he is a visionary -FX/production design- and ATMOM requires a less jokey and cliched approach and a storytelling visionary to work.

  • March 7, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Wow, Del Toro actually got a project off the ground!

    by Raymar

    Mazel tov!

  • March 7, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    lol @ chet

    by blackwood

    PAN'S LABYRINTH is an entirely unjokey and uncliched period piece with fantastical creatures and genuine gravitas.

  • March 7, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    R was a wrong choice

    by TheJudger

    People get ippity when I say this. The film shouldn't aim for and R rating to begin with. The book is not a Gore-fest or an F bomb parade. The deaths are off screen, they are found. Not shown. In the Del Toro take the Shoggoth has as much screen time as the characters in the film. This would be the biggest hit on the films budget. since the creature well in Toro's take does "Thing" like stuff. The Shoggoth is the bad guy/ evil monster in the film, and it's sad, because the Shoggoth was anything but in the book. The Shoggoths were slaves to the Elder Things in the book. They eventually had enough and fought against this oppression. The Elder things are the only creatures who kill the humans in the book, and really it only out of curiosity. They have been trapped there for eons. the stupid human dug them up, some of them where not dead, and that's pretty much the only killing that happens in the film. They show up again in the city. They leave a sledge containing the corpses of a man and dog who went missing from the camp that was attacked after they dug up the Elder Things. The horror is more psychological than visceral in the book, and in my opinion better. You only saw one Shoggoth near the end of the book in a cavern- This is also the very first time you see a Shoggoth, as well as the 6 foot tall blind albino penguins. In the film you see the penguins shortly after they arrive and then the Shoggoth shows up and it reeks havoc on the humans. It even disguises itself as one of them to get closer to the boat. I much prefer the book. A single Shoggoth is seen at the end in a cavern and it kills no one. It was feeding of of the penguins to survive. More like a chained up/trapped monster of Frankenstein vs and outright sidious villain that picks the humans off one by one. I doesn't speak it doesn't have a superiority complex or hatred for human. I just don't see any need for an R rating. The camp that is killed by the children of the star the elder thins can be shown in a pg-13 way. F bombs are not necessary these are highly educated people. And really when it down to just a few of them it is more bump in the night shit vs actual moments that would cause someone to utter "fuck" a lot.

  • March 7, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Well Hollywood often uses this strategy:

    by KilliK

    if they believe in the creator's vision,then they give him a chance to make first some other movie with a lower budget,and if this turn out to be a success then they can risk investing in his first,more expensive idea. This had happened with the W bro and the Matrix and i am sure for a lot other talented people with refreshing but daredevil ideas.

  • March 7, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Agree Killik

    by leo54304

    If this movie is a success, the studio will feel more confident about a Mountain movie and give Toro more freedom, bigger budget, an R rating and hopefully NO Tom Cruise. Gimme Liam Neeson instead.

  • March 7, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Very well said thejudger -

    by MisterBlue

    I agree completely. I believe it pushes people to be better artists when they have to reign themselves in with limitations. I don't think the story needs an R. What it in our minds is always more scary than what can be shown (Hitchcock said that for decades, but then went against his own advice with Frenzy). I think it is more important to create an air of pure fright than show gore, and I think GDT is totally capable of doing that. I think it would be good for him, force him to be more cinematic than relying on literalism.

  • March 7, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Why not pitch it as "Aliens"?

    by leo54304

    Market it as "Aliens" would make it very friendly to the masses and the studio would see Cthulu as a possible franchise. R rating wouldn't scare off the big demographic the studios want" males 18-30 (roughly). Wasn't the original "Alien" R rated?

  • March 7, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Need to a Cthulu type fix?

    by leo54304

    Try the novel Monster Hunter Vendetta. Here's a review of it: http://tinyurl.com/652ydoy

  • March 7, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Call of Cthulu? Who calls people anymore?

    by lv_426

    Phones are so 20th Century. Twitter is where it's at yo. They should call this flick Tweet of Cthulu.

  • March 7, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    The Cthulu movie should be Arnold's comeback film

    by lv_426

    "Hey tentookahllle poosss, eat diss..." Arnold fires a rocket propelled grenade point blank into Cthulu's face. Cthulu explodes, raining down on Arnold in massive chunks of meat. "Who ordered the cahhllammarrii?" Freeze frame. Roll end credits. Fade in ass-kicking yet minimalist synth music, as this film would also be John Carpenters return to the silver screen.

  • March 7, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Glad to hear they are making this, but I have low expectation

    by Frank Conniff

    I thought the script that is available online mostly sucked, and the idea of having Tom Cruise involved...

  • March 7, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Glad to hear they are making this, but I have low expectation

    by Frank Conniff

    I thought the script that is available online mostly sucked, and the idea of having Tom Cruise involved...

  • March 7, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Amazing to imagine Cruise in such a fringe

    by Teddy Artery

    bit of entertainment. Mind-blowin'-up!

  • March 7, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Penguins?

    by D Jones

    I suppose anything is open to interpretation but i don't think that's what Lovecraft described and I hope this movie gets made

  • March 7, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    laserhead

    by BadMrWonka

    Emilio is nutso? When did that happen?

  • Is that still happening?

  • March 7, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    You need to re-read then zastros

    by Chairman_Kaga

    Because giant albino penguins are indeed in there.

  • March 7, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    i am

    by frank cotton

    so there

  • March 7, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Poor Guy

    by tomandshell

    So I guess Del Toro will never actually direct another film, just float around between various aborted productions that never get off the ground.

  • March 7, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    fuck tom cruise

    by AzzyAzzy

    period

  • March 7, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Really?

    by Patrick Hines

    Can we as a culture cut the shit with "Really?" Don't know when we all started overusing this fucking word, but shit needs to end.

  • March 8, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    R+Cruise+3D+Cameron+Del Toro+monsters=$$$

    by lcworld

    They need to make this . NOW!

  • March 8, 2011, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Everyone bitched about Cruise in Interview With Vampire

    by Wookie_Weed

    And he surprised everyone by being pretty damn good in the role. Whatever he is behind the scenes, when he's in front of a camera he gives everything. I personally would've liked to see Harrison Ford go batshit, but he's maybe a bit too old now and doesn't pull the audiences in like he used to. For Madness to make box office $$$, they need a big name actor -- he might turn people off in the West, but everywhere else in the world Cruise will get arses on seats. And hey, at least it's not Sam Worthington or Robert Pattison.

  • March 8, 2011, 1:30 a.m. CST

    c'mon!!!

    by cheekerpot

    How many times does this project have to get shoved away ??? This movie was planned like over a decade ago!! Del Toro if you are reading this. At the mountains of madness is not a monsternovel/movie! It's about a barren an alien setting within our own yet unexplored world. Keep this in Mind! Dammit they've had so much time to perfect all aspects of this movie and if it's anything less than gold I will be pissed! That is all.

  • March 8, 2011, 2:06 a.m. CST

    You know how it feels to rent a movie that is based on Lovecraft....

    by The Dum Guy

    And, then the feeling of having watched it? I wonder if God is punishing a dead atheist?

  • March 8, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Titanic was rated R

    by kungfuhustler84

    Isn't that one of the highest grossing movies ever? So why is the rating even an issue?

  • March 8, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    PG 13 is the way to go

    by Shubniggorath

    Ow, my fingers burn from typing that. But seriously, Lovecraft is all implication, there's nothing in the source material to merit an R rating and it's still terrifying. GDT can pull this off and make it scary as fuck without blood or F-bombs. Even though it was a BO flop, look at Drag Me To Hell for an example of how well PG13 horror can be done. My wife didn't believe me when I told her it was PG13 after watching it, till I pointed out the only blood was nosebleed.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:23 a.m. CST

    hope casting is dead wrong!

    by 1st and only

    Nooooo! I dont want to see either Ron Pearlman or Tom Cruise in a lovecraft movie...for fucks sake!

  • March 8, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Tomé Cruzeiro in una pelicula de Guilhermo Del Toro. Olé, coño!!

    by AsimovLives

  • March 8, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Tomé Cruzeiro digs for Cthulhu and finds Xenu.

    by AsimovLives

    I have a theory that Xenu the alien deity of Scientology is in fact Cthulhu in one of his guises.

  • March 8, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Guises?

    by Chairman_Kaga

    Cthulhu has guises?

  • March 8, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    R-rating? As anyone really read the story?

    by OnO

    R-rating for what? SPOILER: There's a dissection and it's only a discovered body. Then there's giant blind Penguins and Shoggoths, which if anyone has seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows these Elder things are pretty much the crap that comes spewing out of the necklace Ron has to destroy. Seriously out all the Hp Lovecraft short stories this one's pretty tame on the violence or gore. Someday Lovecraft fans will find their director and a voice until then it's just fucked up Hollywood politics.

  • March 8, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    If Cruise was going to star I'm glad it's dead

    by Heresy

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/guillermo_del_toro_confirms_at_the_mountains_of_madness_is_dead/

  • March 8, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    It'd be a miracle.

    by leonardo_dicraprio

    $150 million budget, R rating, and how big is this Lovecraft fan base? And hate to break it to ya kiddies, but none of his movies have made more than about $80 million box office in the US. Hard to blame Universal for having cold feet, but I hope del Toro gets to make it. Great profile of him in the New Yorker earlier this year.

  • March 8, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    I am so crushed at this news

    by flax

    Not nearly as depressed as I was when he left The Hobbit, but still deeply unhappy. Another fantastic film fucking aborted. The only thing that could possibly make me happy at this stage is if del Toro somehow replaces Ron Howard as the director of The Dark Tower. But Pacific Rim? Fuck that generic monster rubbish. Anything but that.

  • March 8, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    oh....HOORAY!

    by Smack_Teddy

    Tom Cruise & Ron Perlman heading this with Guillermo sounds like awesome sauce to me....wait, no update comes after....shit....NEIN! I get what Pacific Rim is now though.

  • March 8, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to JettL93?

    by slone13

    He would have gotten to the bottom of this for us.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    WHY TOM CRUISE?!!!WHY FUCKING WHY!!!?!!

    by bloodawn5

    We dont have it and then we get Tom Cruise, come on, does he needs to be in every classic novle movie?!!

  • March 8, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Cruise

    by HughHoyland

    I dont mind Tom Cruise in this at all. In fact he plays the "anguished" type character quite well. I dont buy into the media bull shit half the time anyway. I mean they make the man out to be a nut case hes into Scientology, yet they seem to adore the dope head charley sheen and portray him as "a rebel" and "cool"?? Uh do any really trust the "media" anymore?

  • March 8, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Fuck Pacific Rim

    by I_am_the_ultimate_product

    Don't we have enough PG-13 bullshit? Just give the kids more cartoons and 'Hangover' sequels, and give me a balls out Del Toro/Lovecraft insanity fest. And as far as Tom Cruise goes, I'm all for it. Say what you want about him, be he can act his ass off, plus who better to be in a Lovecraft film than someone who is already a little crazy? Also, maybe tap Carpenter for tips on how to do antarctic horror. Just sayin.

  • March 9, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Just picked up another copy Of AtMoM.

    by wonderboy2402

    I must have read this book five times now. Discovered an old rag copy for $.50 at a used bookstore and was struck at the awesome scale of the story. An expedition to one of the poles, a "modern" science team uncovering strange yet unknown fossils and then...horrors. Dark creeping horrors that are the very stuff of nightmares. Warped cities of unearthly architecture and the final terrifying discover of the truth. I can't wait.

  • Imagine filming there. Get this thing made. I recently finished the story, for anyone who's read both should I read the script or is it dissapointing?

  • March 9, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    ATMOM Script

    by HughHoyland

    Anyone have a link to the screenplay? I would love to read it.

  • March 9, 2011, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Think it's here hughhoyland

    by UGG

    http://www.eibonfilms.co.uk/blog/?p=264 I'm unsure whether or not to get it myself yet.

  • March 9, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Link didn't work sorry

    by UGG

    I think someone on IMDb will have it though.

  • March 9, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Ugg

    by HughHoyland

    Thanks! but rats, every other script except eh lol

  • March 9, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    chairman_kaga, if i looked like Cthulhu, i would.

    by AsimovLives

  • March 9, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    If Donnie Two Chins is involved then this will suck

    by HeWhoCannotBeNamed

    I hope he is not involved with anything Lovecraft related.

  • March 9, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    ono

    by AsimovLives

    "Someday Lovecraft fans will find their director and a voice" Isn't that Stuart Gordon?

  • Just make the movie really good, create an honest and truthful advertizement campaign, and they will come. Look at the sucess of INCEPTION, for example.

  • March 9, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    hughhoyland

    by AsimovLives

    Read the tennets of Scientology and tell me if that's not dopey. It makes all the magic stuff in all the other religions look almost slightly sane in comparison.

  • March 9, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    ugg

    by AsimovLives

    Yiu know what is to me the coolest thing in Antarctica? It's this lakes that exist beneath 1 kilometer or more of glaciar ice. They are remants of lakes who used to be on open air but as the continent became colder, the surface froze but the water below remained liquid. Then ice kept accumulating above but the lake still remained liquid water. We know they exist, but so far nobody reached them yet, due to the thickness of the ice. It would need deep drilling. Also to take into consideration is the danger of contamination. If those lakes have live who lives in there, they will be unique creatures who evolved there, in a closed enviroment. Any drill who wouldn't be sterelized could infect such an isolated enviroment and disrupt and kill off all the unique life that lives there. This lakes are also great oportunities to test and develop technology to study the seas under the surface ices of such Jupiter moons like Europa.

  • March 9, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Stuart Gordon

    by Chairman_Kaga

    The worst thing to happen to Lovecraft since starvation.

  • March 9, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    asimov & hughhoyland

    by UGG

    Hughhoyland I managed to get the script in a script torrent pack if you still want it dude. machinebummer@hotmail.com Asimov that is awesome stuff. I'm sure I watched something about that recently, it reminded me of the subterranean region that they enter in the story. They would be perfect for testing the drill's needed to explore Europa which I'm do think at it's deepest depths has at least some form of microbiotic life. Just noticed there is a new thread up on the subject catch you guy's in there

  • March 9, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    ah brilliant a script download!

    by Smack_Teddy

    wait...i cant find it anywhere...damn wonderboy2402 has nailed for me why this film should be made, could be a classic and a huge crowd bringer/earner! also what Asimov says rings true

  • March 9, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    chairman_kaga

    by AsimovLives

    Oh c'mon, man! RE-ANIMATOR is really sweet, and i really liked DAGON.

  • March 9, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Both

    by Chairman_Kaga

    Terrible adaptations.

  • March 10, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    chairman_kaga

    by AsimovLives

    My friend, thou doth protest too much.

  • March 13, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Actually

    by Chairman_Kaga

    Not afforded enough space to protest Stuart Gordon's ineptitude.