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PACIFIC RIM to be Guillermo Del Toro's Next Project! Universal Chickenshit Over an R!

Hey folks, Harry here...   if I were a stockholder in Comcast or Universal - and watched as that studio is marching forward with STRETCH ARMSTRONG, OUIJI and BATTLESHIP...   while leaving one of the most impassioned, amazing projects ever conceived.   A film directed by Guillermo Del Toro - with Don Murphy - the producer behind the TRANSFORMERS money machine and James Cameron...   Starring TOM CRUISE - who will be crazy hot after Brad Bird's MISSION IMPOSSIBLE:  GHOST PROTOCOL - which I'm hearing is turning out to be something rather spectacular...   

Instead - we're going to get something altogether different from Guillermo, who will begin shooting PACIFIC RIM in September.   How has this come about so quickly?   Well, as is the truth with all instant new projects, there's been 8 months of work going on behind the scenes quietly in Guillermo's Man Cave and other secret locales, no doubt.   This is a film with mind-blowing monsters and that's all I need to know.    Not much is known about the project - other than Guillermo isn't getting to do AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS due to Universal's predilection with Board Games and Stretching Toys.   

Right now, UNIVERSAL is in 5th place in the Box Office for this year.  In 2010 & 2009 they finished up in 6th place, if they allow AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS to go away - they deserve their mediocre status.   It is very rare that this industry actually has an incredibly passionate project to have the opportunity to make.   

More often than naught, the projects are assignments - and the end results feel like it.   But when you have a filmmaker that is as talented as Guillermo Del Toro - with the team he has behind him - and the first major A-List star lined up with him.   There's a chance to make something that not only changes the industry, rewrites what is possible in Genre Filmmaking.    But you sell this as the most ambitious horror film every made.   You talk about going to the ends of the Earth to shoot it.    You talk about the new technology created to capture it all.   And then you begin unleashing images that would enrapture a public's mind.    The R-rating would've made it an event.   Something to chest beat about.   A bold proclamation that UNIVERSAL isn't just about toys & board games.  

I don't know why I'm so surprised to see cowardice from a studio like Universal.   I loved that AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS was going to happen there.   They essentially invented horror with Carl Laemmle - and that hasn't done anything bold with the genre since John Carpenter's THE THING.   Here they had a chance to redefine the genre forever.   To make a mark in the genre that made the studio, the studio it is.   I can't even imagine the MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS theme attraction they could've put together.

Oh well...   I weep not for Guillermo, but Universal...  They'll be coming in 6th again it seems.  The good news is, Guillermo will be shooting a huge new monster epic by the beginning of the Fall.   And that, my friends, is a very good thing indeed.   

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  • March 7, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Fucking Universal


    Guillermo's next is PACIFIC RIM - shooting in September! Universal is Chickenshit about the R-rating!

  • March 7, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST


    by Eliywahoo

  • March 7, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    If Big Jim can not jumpstart the filming of a Lovecraft

    by KilliK

    big-budget movie because of the narrow-minded execs,then noone else can.fucking Hollywood.

  • March 7, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Script was too dialogue heavy

    by Eliywahoo

    Lacked the atmosphere of the book. Nonetheless I would be excited. Love Tom Cruise. He had me at hello.

  • March 7, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    waiting for the inevitable Rim jokes..

    by KilliK

  • March 7, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    If we're still getting a bigass monster movie from GdT, then okay...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...but still, some studio chief WITH SOME BALLS has to pick up ATMOM and make it happen. Hey, Universal: looking forward to seeing "Battleship" sink like a rock...

  • March 7, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Can we blame Comcast for this?

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Because they really suck.

  • March 7, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Run by thirtysomething idiots who wouldn't know a great movie if it landed in their laps. That's right bozos, keep on shovelling shit. I hope every piecs of shit on your slate this year bellyflops. Fucking tools.

  • March 7, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Wow. Fuck you, Universal.

    by D Ropaela


  • March 7, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Now I have to root for bullshit like BATTLESHIP to make money.

    by D Ropaela

    Just so Universal will be flush with cash and confidence. Whadda fuckin' world. Oh well, I have high hopes for GDT's "Rim" job.

  • March 7, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    It's a business, people. Like any other.

    by JuanSanchez

  • March 7, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Yes, let's blame Comcast.

    by D Ropaela


  • March 7, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST


    by MainMan2001

    When will it stop?! This studio bullshit is disgusting! The team begins this movie is pure gold. Simple. It would make tons and tons of money and be great. DOWN 4FOREVER WITH STUDIO BULLSHIT

  • March 7, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by D Ropaela

    No balls, Universal.

  • March 7, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Universal BASTARDS

    by Captain RawBeard

    I was super excited for Del Toro's At The Mountains of Madness, now Universal pull this chicken shit move... Poor Del Toro first he loses the Hobbit, and now this bullshit... lets storm the Universal gates Helms Deep style

  • March 7, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Even I'd be pretty reluctant to sink $150 million into...

    by xavier masterson

    an R-rated H.P Lovecraft adaptation even if Cameron and Cruise were involved. Can't blame Universal for being nervous about giving it a greenlight. Disappointing but understandable in this cinematic climate. Gonna go watch Carpenter's The Thing.

  • March 7, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST


    by Fuzzyjefe


  • March 7, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST


    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    Hell. I just imagine what GdT could've done with the Universal logo as the lights go down....Writhing tentacles comes slurping around the slowly-crumbling globe while inhuman, nausea-inducing croaking and chanting murmurs around the auditorium... Now we'll never know. Thanks for shit, Universal. "Battleship" - Jesus H Christ. Fuck that noise for a bagga doughnuts.

  • March 7, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST


    by KilliK


  • March 7, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST


    by End_Of_Line

    What else did they need to give the OK?! Highly disapointed, Universal. Since I wont be seeing Ouija, Stretch Armstrong, or Battleship, I guess Universal gets no money from me for a while. I feel sorry for GDT.

  • March 7, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim didn't make mega-money so passion projects are on hold.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    It's a damn shame, Guillermo should have stayed with the Hobbit. If I win the lotto, I'll finance AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS... and King Conan with Arnold and Milius.

  • March 7, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Laemmle is the most fucked up name ever

    by golden tribw

    LAEMMLE ... that's two syllables with the emphasis on the second one? Weird shit.

  • March 7, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    So Tom Cruise is NOT in Pacific Rim, then, right??

    by golden tribw

  • March 7, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    because the first 2 paragraphs are fucking awful to any literate mind

    by golden tribw

    And I'm not trying to harp on you Harry, borderline nonsensical is par for the course, but this is almost impossible to understand.

  • March 7, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Turd Battle Angel,if it's made,it wont be R-rated

    by KilliK

    i never thought that is was going to be if the movie was ever made becaise realistically speaking it is a risky investement,even with Cameron's name on it. 100+ million dollars budget movies and R-rated ratings simply dont go together in Hollywood nowadays.

  • March 7, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Why am I not surprised?

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    As a huge Lovecraft fan, I was SO looking forward to this...while JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, JK Rowling, and now Edgar Allen Poe are getting their time in the cinematic limelight, it looks like we're going to have to go on waiting for a good Lovecraft adaptation. And I was sure Cameron's name was going to get this made, too... <p> In Universal's defense, this project is similar to Peter Jackson's King Kong, which they made and it bit the studio in the ass, as the thing sucked and made about half what they thought it would, (500 mil when they were expecting closer to Titanic/Return of the King numbers). Meanwhile, what does the studio have now? The Fast and the Furious franchise? <p>21st Century Hollywood pisses upon us again. CTHULHU HAVE AT THEM!!!!!

  • March 7, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    the only way to teach these fucks...

    by j_difool

    ...a lesson is to BOYCOTT their fucking board game movies!

  • March 7, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Hey, Universal...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    how about you convince Spielbitch to make JP4 now? You need a hit, and we might as well get something out of this debacle... <p> Poor Guillermo...two years on TH, then he leaves to do his Lovecraft adaptation, then that gets shit-canned. What piss...

  • March 7, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    turd_has_risen_from_the_gravy, Prometheus is still Alien related...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    So say Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, HR Geiger, and numerous spoiler reports. However, it's evidently no longer a prequel, but more a spin-off. <p> 2012...Ridley Scott's Prometheus and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Oh, the humanity!!!!!!!! <p>BTW, why is GdT not turning his attention to his 3D Haunted Mansion film at Disney? I thought that was next...

  • March 7, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST


    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester


  • March 7, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Harry, you end sentences with one period.

    by pushthebuttonmax

    Not three...

  • March 7, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    We'd hype the hell out of it and love it even more...

    by Spikey

    ...but it still would have trouble even cracking $75m. Thats the world we live in, its not really Universals fault id say. Geeklove doesnt make money, its gotta have populist appeal. Tom Cruise will make it even less popular, he just puts too many people off these days. Lovecraft, Cruise, $100m+ and R-Rating in 2011, be realistic.

  • Warners can eat a dick btw.

  • March 7, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Isn't Cameron rich enough by now

    by Johnny T Williams

    To fund the thing himself? I mean... $150 is really not that much for what they're planning on making. IThey could probably fund it themselves between Cameron, Cruise, Murphy and del Toro. If not, surely Cameron has the money, or could help get private funding, even more considering the talent involved. I don't know. This just doesn't make any sense. Or am I just being naive?

  • March 7, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Why are you surprised?


    This is nothing new. I am in no way surprised. This isn't the first time something like this has happened, and it won't be the last. As a matter of fact, del Toro seems to be something of an filmmaking tennis ball...bouncing from one project to another, with nothing ending up on the screen. I like his work, but right now, he seems to be more of a specialist in pre-production. Whether it is his fault or that of moronic studio suits is irrelevant. I just want this guy to get a movie made. He deserves the work, and we, the fans deserve to see it.

  • March 7, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Fuck Universal. Fuck Comcast.

    by D Ropaela

    Fuck the pope, too. Rapists, all of them.

  • March 7, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    The good news for Universal...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    is that "Mama Mia" is the highest grossing film ever in the UK. <p> Schmucks.

  • March 7, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Universal is not WINNING.

    by F-18

  • March 7, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST


    by Chairman_Kaga

    Keep Del Toro away from adapting work because he is terrible at it.

  • March 7, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Among first world nations, America is culturally fucked up!

    by Toombs

    There would be virutally no sex in ATMOM. Swearing? Ok, I can accept no swearing in the movie - it should be a period movie, so the characters would be a bit more proper and well mannered. But the MPAA draws the line at violence!!!! We can't have children watching scary violence!!!! WTF? Your whole culture is predicated on violence!!! Your government is responsible for the killing of a million Iraqi civilians for nothing! Red Staters stroke their guns like cocks! Fuck this shit!!!!!

  • March 7, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    You know what will get folk interested in movies again?

    by blackwood

    INTERESTING MOVIES! Like this movie. Christ. Even if it doesn't make billions. Take a fucking chance once in a while. Who thought giving Nolan BATMAN was a 'safe bet'? Who thought Cameron's blue cat people film using a completely new display technology was a 'sure thing'? Who figured a little unproven animation studio would create for itself an empire that eventually owned Disney from a little movie about talking toys? STRETCH, BATTLESHIP, OUIJA -- this films will fail. They are designed to fail. Just because people recognize the name of something does not mean they are suddenly zombies with force of will of their own, inexorably drawn to your brainless pap. No one on earth or in heaven wants a BATTLESHIP movie -- because BATTLESHIP has absolutely NOTHING interesting to say about BATTLES or SHIPS that hasn't been done better a hundred times in real films. Fuck you, Universal, Comcast, everybody who's so afraid to take a risk that they are, day by day and stupid decision by stupid decision, ensuring Hollywood gets further and further away from the relevance it is so clumsily grasping at. PEACE.

  • March 7, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    If Sony had this Project, Shooting would have....

    by BlackBriar

    started last Tuesday, They would have honestly back him up 100%, Just look at the success of Sony,with District 9 and later they went all out to get Neill Blomkamp next project Elysium. Universal needs to grow a pair, Noooo! they go and give Battleship a $200 million budget, What the Hell!! With Rihanna(looks like a giant midget) and Brooklyn Decker(who's not there for her acting, that for sure!) What are they thinking?? Bill Del Toro is pretty pissed right now, But he's a professional and he'll keep on going. Bill I'm with you pal! DumbAss! Universal

  • March 7, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    What happened to Monster Attack Network?

    by Mr_Sinister

    Anyone read that graphic novel? It was about an island in the South Pacific constantly under siege by gigantic creatures, and the team of people responsible for fending them off. I always thought that was going into production...

  • March 7, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    BTW, isn't Legenday doing both Pacific Rim AND Godzilla redundant?

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

  • March 7, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    I watched Scott Pilgrim vs. The World 3 Times in the movie theater this past summer; after I saw it once for free. That's right I saw it 3 TIMES. I know there are Pilgrim fans who saw it more times. I know it did not make the major bank you wanted. But I paid for it 3 times. If you want another red cent out of me, you will get a fast tracking At The Mountains of Madness with a Hard R, thank you so much. I will probably not watch any other film you release until I know that one is in production. I will not be alone in this sentiment either.

  • March 7, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    This Is A Business

    by A-COD

    Funny you mentioned The Thing Harry, it was a box office dud. I'm disappointed there will be know Mountains of Madness but come on people, a 150 Million dollar 3D R rated horror movie? This project would have bled money. A PG rated Spielberg directed War of the Worlds barely made 200 million domestic, Del Toro needed to find a way to it cheaper, he shares the blame.

  • March 7, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    The Lesson of True Grit

    by Ultraman2000

    Sadly, the industry hasn't learned the lesson of True Grit. Conventional wisdom was the film would perform somewhere between poor and mediocre. The reality is the style of the film, which would have been unremarkable some 35 to 40 years ago, stunned audiences with its (now-rare) casual solidity. Imagine: first-rate talent behind a well-crafted character-driven narrative. Because the film didn't play down to its audience, most notably, the much-vaunted 18 - 34-year-old demo, it brought out a long-neglected audience of mainstream filmgoers who long for well-crafted genre pictures. The studios might actually reverse the long decline in theater attendance if they could stomache respecting their audience. Universal's slate of game-based pictures and associated rejection of GdT's latest passion project is emblematic of a Hollywood that has lost its gumption. It reflects the old saw about why great golfers often fail: they try so hard not to lose, they can't win. The best response to this situation is to support independent studios and alternate means of distribution. Otherwise, we're doomed to a deluge of calculated (and invariably creaky) 'tent-pole' pictures, to wit, I Am Number Four, Beastly, Red Riding Hood and the like.

  • March 7, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Why don't all studios just film these movies as R rated...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Then release them pg-13 so they can get tweens and idiots into theaters. Then release the pg-13 rated dvd... Wait a month and give us real movie fans an R rated dvd we can enjoy. At least this way the film makers can make movies they want and we want. Studios will still make buckets of cash and with how things are going with netflix and redbox I don't see how that wouldn't work. I'm sick and tired of hearing stories like this from studios. They all lost their balls and only want to make "safe" films. It's pathetic. Audiences are to blame though, nerds and film geeks are too picky and for some reason turn against movies we should support(Scott Pilgrim for example). So instead tweens and retards go to the movies in droves. So we get horrible pg-13 comedies, tween action/roman films(Twilight, Red Riding Hood) and then just waves of kids movies. Only adult R rated films come out before Oscar time. It sucks.

  • March 7, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    We all are aware of what happened with Watchmen, but I get the strong sense, that given all the stake holders involved in this 150 million hard R horror film, it would have done very nicely at the box office. You know how I know this? Because horror always wins the box office. Even cheap crappy derivative remakes of classic horror films like Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th and Halloween and Saw god knows what the hell installment, all of them win the box office. Cloverdale won the box office, and that was a weak half-hearted not even close attempt at doing this level of awesome for very huge wads of cash. At the end of the day, should Universal/Comcast remove their head from their collective rectum they will earn such money it will make the skies bleed red and cries of Ryleh! Cthulu F'tagn spread across the earth like vermin as movie goers make this film win as big as any other horror film does. Sure hollywood is a business, but that does not mean it should be run like a BAD BUSINESS as it currently is. They took a chance on Rango, that was a great risk and it will pay off handsomely for the rest of the month.

  • March 7, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    ATMOM is not going to happen.

    by James_Camera_On

    It's a fanboy movie. It's going to cost a bundle. It's going to lose a bundle. Sorry, but Hollywood is starting to catch on that fanboy movies are box office losers. If they can being the movie in for under $25 million, maybe. But with Tom Cruise, 3-D, and James Cameron . . . it won't happen. The heyday of high-priced fan-boy movies is over. Maybe if they had Michael Cera as the star. I believe he will come in real cheap these days. Frankly, I'm starting to distrust anything Del Toro is involved in. He either doesn't deliver or what he does deliver is not up to standards, and just leave it at that.

  • March 7, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Bloated Saleries/Back End

    by joshua

    I wonder if Cruise/Cameron/DelToro were willing to budge on their pay scale for the movie? Doubt it. That's $30 million to the budget right there. Add to that "first dollar gross" that I am sure Cruise and Cameron get, and the movie would have to open HUGE to make a dollar. Not that I'm on Universal's side, but let's not forget superstars and their tastes for wealth and power too.

  • March 7, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST


    by Leslie

    I would hope that mukhtabi is correct and you are not, james_camera_on but I fear that is not the case. I'm probably one of HPL's biggest fans. I have all of his works, either in book form or on pdf. I have all of the audio books and the music from the HPLHS site. I have all of the movies, either made directly from an HPL book/plot like "Dagon" or a derivative of, like "The Mouth of Madness". I have even sat through the abominations (1 & 2) of "The Dunwich Horror" ... twitches ... HPL is unparalleled in the evocation of horror in short form and there are frankly very few people I would entrust with bringing that to the big screen. Del Toro is the only one that comes to mind. I would like to think that, if the movie were made as it should be, that not only would it make the studio money but that it would stand as a classic example of what CAN be done, both financially and artistically, with a film.

  • March 7, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST


    by dahauk--

    what do we know about PACIFIC RIM ?

  • March 7, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Terrible, disheartening news.

    by ColonelFatheart

    Still can't say I'm surprised, though. Oh well, maybe PACIFIC RIM makes some dough and GDT gets more cred so he can make ATMOM. I hope so anyway. Well, this WAS my most-anticipated film project other than PT Anderson's INHERENT VICE adaptation. Shit.

  • March 7, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    What's really scary is Harry's grammar in this post

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    Holy cow. I mean, normally, I don't mind. Harry's grammar is normally far from stellar and I've come to expect overuse of... ellipses... for some reason.... I don't know why... I guess he's just too lazy to hit a period button or a comma. That being said, the grammar in this story is truly more horrific than anything that could have been spawned from the mind of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. I get it that you're mad and all Harry, but that's no excuse. If you're expecting someone to read your ramblings the least you could do is make them somewhat coherent.

  • March 7, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Blackbriar, if Sony had it, it would have been pulled

    by gmanca

    the day before shooting was scheduled, the same punk move they pulled on Soderbergh with Moneyball. Warner Bros. is turning out to be the only studio with balls and ambition for real films and I salute them. If only their blu-ray division was up to snuff and started using new encodes and lossless audio.

  • March 7, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Harry you doof, we DO know something about Pacific Rim

    by D.Vader

    Like the REAL screenwriter behind it, Travis Beacham. Why not give that guy some credit? This isn't "Del Toro's Pacific Rim", its Travis's spec. This would be the first movie Del Toro didn't write himself since, well what, ever? It's extremely disingenuous for you to suggest this is something else Del Toro has been working on when in reality it was someone else's project he's latching himself onto after two FAILED big budget projects. Yeah it's sad he couldn't get "Mountains" going, but come on, let's be truthful at least.

  • March 7, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST

    I can't wait to hear what exciting project...

    by Bass Ackwards

    ...Guillermo gets signed on for after the bottom drops out of this one.

  • March 7, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Vades, you know Harry.

    by ColonelFatheart

    When he has a hate hardon, it's hello hackery!

  • March 7, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    I'll bet Universal is still smarting from "The Wolf Man"

    by RAW_D

    It was rated R, and failed miserably...even though I liked it. Universal is not ready to throw another $20 million down the crapper. It's economics folks!

  • And this apparently DOES NOT bode well for At the Mountains of Madness. Universal can sell toys of the monsters from Pacific Rim to the kids and try to recoup their investments from a film that is guaranteed now to be nothing but an absolute shitfest even with GDT involved. Guillermo doesn't give a shit about some Godzilla wanna be and if he thinks that by doing Pacific Rim that Universal is going to greenlight At The Mountains of Madness, he's fucking fooling himself. Universal has no balls to do that film. Madness is going to go back into development Hell once again. What I don't understand is this--where the fuck is James Cameron in this? Only a few months ago he all but said that Madness was going to be the next big film on his slate as producer and would start filming this spring. Well, Jim, spring's here and Madness looks to be spiraling back into development Hell. Do yourself a favor Jim. You burned a lot of bridges with your fanbase with Avatar. Get Universal off their asses or fund Madness by yourself (Hell, get Tom Cruise to help) under your production company and sell it to another studio. Repair the damage you did with your fanbase Jim and get Madness filming.

  • March 7, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Hahaha! Someone actually said Cameron burned bridges with AVATAR?

    by ColonelFatheart

    $2.7 billion in bridges, apparently.

  • March 7, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Turd: Indeed.

    by ColonelFatheart

    I was always taught to base my arguments on factual evidence and not generalizations. Maybe I'm too naive to expect that from others.

  • March 7, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Its not burned bridges, its the producer credit

    by Bass Ackwards

    Cameron's name as a producer is meaningless to studios, as Solaris, Strange Days, and Sanctum have shown.

  • March 7, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Hey Turd, Kilik. Whats up guys? Wow, cant believe

    by southafricanguy

    Uni does nt have the balls to go with this. I guess it cant be funded independently as Im geussing Universal holds the film rights to ATMOM, right? Im sure Cameron could secure private funding if Lightstorm held the rights to it as that is basically what he did with Avatar anyway. Most people dont seem to realize that Fox would only agree to pony up 40% of the cash for Avatar's budget...the rest was from private/indeopendent sources btw...

  • March 7, 2011, 11:04 p.m. CST

    colonalfatheart....amen brother. Welcome to AICN

    by southafricanguy

    TBs where opinion gets passed off as fact, and everyone gets spoken for by one or a small group with an axe to grind.... Like you, I too am hampered by needing things to either be factual, or god forbid, make logical, reasonable sense....

  • March 7, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    But yeah Turd...its certainly hilarious how you

    by southafricanguy

    can claim someone burned bridges after making a film that grossed 2.7 billion, and then sold over 20 million DVDsa and Blu rays..... If thats burning bridges, what the fuck does it take to build them then?

  • March 7, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    I still really hope Del Toro gets to make this one

    by southafricanguy

    day...cmon he deserves to get to make something like this.....

  • March 7, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Having sold a project to Uni only to watch them...

    by Lionel_Richies_Hipster_Frames

    ...destroy it, this news is no surprise. They are one of the dumbest studios out there full of people who really don't love or care about movies. Universal execs gave me the sense that they care about being in Hollywood and working with who is hot, but when it comes to making great movies they don't know their asses from the elbows. They are about product, unless your name is Apatow. Apatow is allowed to take risks and gets shit greenlit but he's already made dough for them so it's no shock. With my project, they bought it in a bidding war only to destroy it and leave it dead on a shelf after countless rewrites by soulless hacks who Uni thought were better than me because of name recognition. They ended up paying writers more to rewrite me than they paid me for the script. They didn't even give me a legit chance to rewrite my project. They let a fucking actor rewrite my script at one point and he pissed all over it so much they buried the script so no one could ever see it where it's now in a shallow grave under a bungalow I'm sure. With Mountains, the R rating is the hurdle here in combination with Del Toro never having helmed a true box office event smash. If Bay, Spielberg, Cameron, Nolan, etc. brought this project to them they'd crap themselves to greenlight it, but they are all so afraid of their shadows there they don't want to be the ones to make the decision to take a chance on any kind of a risk. And filmmaking is always a risk. It's about balls and courage which there are none of at Universal. So try to get a project done at Universal without wanting to kill yourself in the process. It's difficult. I know.

  • March 7, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Turd....I have been meaning to ask you your

    by southafricanguy

    opinion of the Avatar:CE, with the 16 min added footage. Your thoughts? I found the future Earth stuff at the begininig actually set things up a bit better, cant see why it was chopped. Also, the hunt was pretty good...and the deasth scene at the end where Jake Sully does that mercy killing should have also been left in. But what was interesting was the difference in the CGI in that scene (having been done months later after the films release), you could already see a subtle improvement. Really makes me wonder how close to photo real they might get for those back to back sequals....

  • March 7, 2011, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Universal's Recent Track Record

    by tomandshell

    Wolfman Scott Pilgrim Robin Hood The Adjustment Bureau Take Me Home Tonight Skyline MacGruber Kick-Ass Public Enemies Funny People Mummy 3 Hellboy II Evan Almighty They keep sinking money into films that underperform at the box office. I don't blame them for starting to get cautious with big budgets with so few hits in the last several years.

  • March 8, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST


    by kafka07

    All in the same day I get the awesome news that this will happen, and now reading that it will not. WTF FUCK YOU UNIVERSAL!

  • March 8, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Universal's mindset is shit

    by kafka07

    They probably still think they're going to make a Van Helsing sequel. Morons.

  • March 8, 2011, 1 a.m. CST

    Hey Universal! Kill The Dark Tower too, ok?

    by the_patriot

    So you're going to kill off a Del Toro/James Cameron production with Don Murphy and Tom Cruise involved....something that borders on fantastical...for fear of the rating/budget/outcome? Hey, then do us a favor and end the joke that is Ron Howard being involved with The Dark Tower. Use those same sensibilities and keep a thoroughly average dramatic director from ruining it. Save yourselves the money and us the trouble of calling you jackasses (again) when you screw it up.

  • March 8, 2011, 1:18 a.m. CST

    @d.vader you damn ignorant slut

    by TheKiller7

    GDT hasn't written his own movies since ever? GDT wrote Pan's Labyrinth, you dumb fuck. And the damn diarrhea coming from your putrid pie hole didn't end with that inaccuracy either. What exactly where Del Toro's two big failed projects? If you meant The Hobbit, that film IS being made using a lot of the material GDT created. He simply isn't directing it. Hardly a fail in any sense of the word. And ATMOM will get made you gibbon. Sooner or later it will happen.

  • March 8, 2011, 2:12 a.m. CST

    listen up you helpless gimps

    by Bedhead7

    you can create your own movie studio for 2 grand. instead of bitching about the studio suits get a couple cameras. Film up some shit and edit it on the new ipad. Primer was the best film of the last 10 years.

  • March 8, 2011, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Smart move.

    by critch

    Universal has been losing their ass on geek friendly films that always end up bombing. A $150 million hard R Lovecraft movie is almost guaranteed to bomb. After the failures of Scott Pilgrim, Doom, Serenity, and the fact that Del Toro's last big hollywood movie Hellboy 2 just barely made it's money back, I wouldn't touch this movie with a 10 foot pole. As a fan, it'd be incredible. As a business, it's a stupid idea.

  • March 8, 2011, 3:15 a.m. CST

    "You burned a lot of bridges with your fanbase with Avatar."

    by KilliK

    ΗΑΗΑΗΑΗΑ οh my,the haters just dont give up,right?

  • March 8, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST

    another source

    by beeter

    Can anyone recommend another source (seriously, i'd like to know) where i can read whatever Harry is gibbering about here? It seems par for the course now around here to make oblique reference to a totally different story or article when reporting on something, thereby making your actual say the least. I'm now actually having to guess what the news is about at Aint It Cool News.

  • March 8, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Wasn't he attached to Haunted Mansion remake?

    by chewyou812

  • March 8, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Universal Has a Strange Business Model

    by Aquatarkusman

    "If Family Guy makes a nostalgic throwaway joke about it, greenlight a $75 million movie. Is Pauly Shore busy?

  • March 8, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    what happened to you Universal? you used to be cool

    by The_Crimson_King

    there's no doubt that Universal has some great films to it's name, but they've really waned in the last ten years, the only Universal movie I enjoyed in the last couple of years was Scott Pilgrim (fuck all you cunts who didn't see it in theaters) I mean didn't Spielberg pretty much abandon them for Paramount after The Lost World: Jurassic Park? I guess I can see why on a related note, stop fucking drip feeding us with the blu rays, we had to wait fucking FOREVER for Back To The Future and here we are STILL waiting for Jaws and Jurassic Park, hurry the fuck up already

  • March 8, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST

    ..."pretty sneaky sis"...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    Connect4: The Motion Picture... Summer 2012... from Comcast/Universal.

  • March 8, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    also, I geuss we can kiss Dark Tower goodbye too?

    by The_Crimson_King

  • March 8, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Guillermo Del Toro...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ... the new Terry Gilliam? Seriously, who did GDT piss off?

  • March 8, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    It really isn't Universal's fault. GDT has some blame, here.

    by AlienFanatic

    I really think that for all of his enthusiasm, prepping an R-rated horror film for $150M was always highly unrealistic. As Deadline mentioned in its article, NO horror film, ever, has made anywhere near the kind of money they would have needed to cover the costs of the film. Also, as much as some love H.P. Lovecraft, he's not exactly a household name, so expecting boffo business from the name of a guy that died almost 80 years ago would have. GDT should have thought a helluvalot harder about how to cut the budget on it to sell it to Universal. You look at the $25M films that have been coming out from guys like J.J. Abrams, Blomkamp, and Duncan Jones and you realize that super-creative people can stretch a budget and create films with scope without killing the budget. I'm almost certain that GDT could have sold the film at half the budget and put out a film that would have totally satisfied the purists.

  • March 8, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Now, "Clue" was a good boardgame movie.

    by D Ropaela

    But at least the game lent itself to narrative. And Landis was involved.

  • March 8, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    "Clue" also had one of the better comic ensembles assembled.

    by D Ropaela

    Nothing is encouraging about the upcoming slate of boardroom, er, boardgame pictures.

  • March 8, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    after checking Wikipedia

    by The_Crimson_King

    yup, The Lost World was the last movie Spielberg directed for Universal and Jurassic Park 3 was the last movie he produced for them, I guess we now know why he abandoned them

  • March 8, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    and Clue had that maid's tits as well

    by The_Crimson_King

  • March 8, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    which that reminds me

    by The_Crimson_King

    as is obvious with this news, part of the problem with Hollywood these days is that they've lost their balls, I want movies with naked women for the sake of naked women again, with violence for the sake of violence again, no more of this constant watered down PG-13 bullshit, most of the movies that have teeth these days are horror movies, that Friday The 13Th remake sucked, but it was just nice to see tits on a movie screen again

  • March 8, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Come on, you can do it.

  • March 8, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    I suggest you reread my post a little slower and more carefully this time so that you can see where you made your mistake and understand how much of a fool you just made of yourself. Also, as it stands, Del Toro's vision of the "Hobbit" failed and ATOM isn't *currently* being made. So, yes, they are two currently failed projects.

  • March 8, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Only R Rated Movies are Good - FUCK

    by joegiant

    Shit - I can't believe this! Del Toro has to make a PG13 movie?!?! Now he has no chance at all to make a good movie! Afterall - Citizen Kane sucked because Orson Welles couldn't say FUCK. Could you imagine how cool that man could say "Fuck". It would be like the F made love to the UCK. Even more genre specific - Poltergeist wouldn't have sucked so much if it could have been R rated, same for Jurassic Park and even Avatar. So, fuck universal because they're letting Del Toro MAKE a movie that none of us have seen and hasn't even started filming yet?

  • Hmmm, maybe that is toooo cool?

  • March 8, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    I would obviously love the crap out of that.

    by the Green Gargantua

  • March 8, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Del Toro

    by cushing1967

    I do wonder if GTD does himself a disservice by making his giant slate of projects such common knowledge. I think he maybe discloses a little too much at times. Sure, his ideas are all seemingly great but when I think of the projects he's announced or just talked about it must make studios think 'Hang on a minute this guy has roughly 9000 films in states of development'. And Hollywood is a business, I don't see the sense in greenlighting Board Game movies myself but then I never saw the sense in greenlighting theme park attraction movies either and POTC franchise turned out pretty profitable. I think I understand why GTD does it - there seems to be a level of just excited joy about him and that's great - but when he announces Hellboy III will feature all the Universal monsters or that he will adapt Drood, Frankenstein, Haunted Mansion, Jeckyl and Hyde, Slaughterhouse 5 etc etc etc - it just seems a huge BLAAAAAAAARRRFGGHHHHHHHH of excitement rather than a business plan. It is a shame that this has happened though.

  • March 8, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    green gargantua: I hope not.

    by D Ropaela

    The last thing we need is another series of movies in which each installment acts as a trailer for at least two other upcoming installments. *ahem!--"Avengers"--ahem!

  • March 8, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    It's true: Cameron and Del Toro deserve much of the blame.

    by D Ropaela

    They certainly shouldn't have been such fucking big mouths about it.

  • March 8, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    maybe he can do DR.Strange now

    by ORIONgods

    ps fuck u Universal

  • March 8, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Don't get down because ATMOM isn't happening

    by Shaner Jedi

    Universal is giving us Battleship! Maybe they can also bring us features on Monopoly and Aggravation!? My imagination is running wild with all these possibilities! Universal, you are braindead.

  • I think the Avengers shit is way cool. Connect X-Men and the Fantastic Four reboots to that paradigm and finally we have a Marvel universe on screen.

  • March 8, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    green gargantua, that would be too cool...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    and thus would never happen! <p> How awesome would it be to have a group of characters going around the world, fighting all manor of original and revamped monsters, and popping up in each others' movies?! <p>It would be like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, except...the...Legendary Monster Universe?...and it would be for us 11-year-olds rather than the superhero six-year-olds in their Spider-Man pajamas!

  • March 8, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    I don't begrudge you the monster movie love, gargantua.

    by D Ropaela

    Shit, I think we need more giant monster movies, if anything. But I really don't think the continuity is necessary.

  • March 8, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Your handle rocks, by the way.

    by D Ropaela

    "War of the Gargantuas" was one of the first giant monster movies I saw, way back when Grandpa Munster had "Super Scary Saturday" on TBS.

  • March 8, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    I'm just flat-out TIRED of fucking franchises.

    by D Ropaela

  • March 8, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Take Mountains somewhere else

    by hallmitchell

    And rub it in their faces.

  • March 8, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Harry, is Universal now your bad guy instead of

    by hallmitchell


  • March 8, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Battleship should have been about historical battleships

    by lv_426

    as a franchise where each film is about a different ship and a major battle that it was involved in. Seriously, they could jump all around different historical eras and cast new movie stars in each film. Part of the fun with each film in the series would be seeing what big star plays the next captain of said battleship, kinda like how Doctor Who changes bodies and is played by a different actor from time to time. Think of all the various ships and naval battles they could have adapted to film. There is the hunting and sinking of the Bismark, Battle of the Falkland Islands, Midway, Battle of the Coral Sea, etc... ... and those are just a few off the top of my head and ones that are more recent (World War I and World War II). There could also be ancient naval battles put on film about the Greek and Roman navies. It would provide a lot of opportunities to do something different yet marketable to audiences instead of trying to ram an alien invasion scenario into a battleship movie.

  • March 8, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Tired of this Del Toro cock-stroking

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    Like he's some sort uber-director. Yeah Mimic and Hellboy were cool. Pan's put me to sleep. And Hellboy 2 was atrocious. Oh and by the way, Universal is the studio who backed HB2. So yeah, if I were them I wouldn't trust Del Toro either.

  • March 8, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    I Agree. Fuck Universal!

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    You DESERVE the Comcast deal! (I dumped Comcast at the beginning of the year)

  • March 8, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST


    by Smack_Teddy

    not sure i really understand this article, or maybe its my brain-heart is point blank refusing to. What the Hell is going on? Pacific Rim is a board game? Huh!? Never heard of it. They won't be letting him do ATMOM because of a board game hang-up, which Pacific Rim is?...but they will be letting him do another monster movie!? Not universal but another Studio!? I'm so hurt and confused. Someone elaborate please.

  • March 8, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    "Pacific rim" sounds like a euphemism for "peaceful asshole."


  • Maybe Del Toro should figure out a way to do this money way cheaper? Or commit to a PG-13?

  • March 8, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    What were these "chances" Universal took?


    Other than Scott Pilgrim vs. Good Movies? How can that possibly compare to a big budget horror film (perhaps the most marketable fucking genre) produced by James Cameron and starring Tom Cruise?

  • March 8, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Please shut the Hell UP!

    by 1badmutherf@cker

    For all of you who are bitching and screaming about this movie not being made please be quite. First of all Del Toro and his work, and his style is for a niche market. Plus Del Toro hasn't really proven himself to be commercially viable. So yeah before a studio give ton's of money to a project that is geared towards a "niche" market they would like to have some kind of guarantee that they will get a return on their investment. And lastly the book itself isn't really all that accessible itself. I think that most of you that are bitching and screaming haven't even read the material, and are jumping bandwagon so that you can be in the know. Just reading a synopsis of the book i was like ????????????? It sounds like something that the Sci Fi channel would produce.

  • March 8, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    1badmutherf@cker nailed it

    by sunwukong86

    70% of the talkbackers bitching are Del Toro fanboys. Lovecraft is still pretty obscure literature. The movie cant be marketed on it being from a Lovecraft story, the movie cant be marketed on it being directed by Del Toro. The studios realize this and is most likely the reason why Tom Cruise is attached. He's the one thing that can market this film. Lovecraft and Del Toro are both in this cult market that is very hard to make money off of. Read a Lovecraft story, anyone, and you'll realize why its so hard to get this movie made.

  • March 8, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    It would have been this generation's Alien!

    by pw


  • Pan's Labyrinth didn't just appeal to the niche market. 19 million budget and over 80 million worldwide box office looks very commericially viable to me. More proof if we are talking money. Blade II made over 150 million worldwide. Hellboy II did 10 million more. The dude hasn't lost money on anything since Mimic at the cinema and that smalll amount of 5 million loss has been covered by dvd sales alone now I imagine. Prove himself? He did that and was given one of the biggest movies in cinema history to make - The Hobbit. Ok granted, I'll give you that the book is not that "accessible". But that's why you bring in a dude like Del Toro to translate it to the screen

  • March 8, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    The chances were HB2 and the Hobbit.

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    HB2 sucked, and those who defend it are delusional. And the Hobbit careened so far off the map they had to bring Jackson in.

  • They were biding their time as they waited to see how their hairy overlord Devin Faraci would comment on the situation so they could take their cues from him. Now that this thread has gone through the initial wave of righteous geekazoid outrage and the snooty, contrarian counterpoints, it's time for it to devolve into a fetid melange of insults, trolling and verbal buggery. In other words, it is CHOPPAH time.

  • March 8, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    bartleby: I would prefer not to read your posts.


  • March 8, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST so much

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

  • March 8, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    This generation doesn't deserve its own Aliens.


    It deserves Boardgame: The Motion Picture and its four sequels. It also deserves to have liquefied raccoon shit poured down its collective throat.

  • March 8, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    i understand the business but frankly couldn't give a shit

    by Smack_Teddy

    because its about the accessibility of the movie in its translation to the audience, and as Barry knowles points out its crap that Del Toro hasn't proven himself commercially viable. As long as they're not insisting on Inception or Transformer 2 like grossings its all good right? They're not insisting on that right? I'm not even sure i agree with the idea if understand it correctly that the book isn't accessible to a large audience to begin with. Maybe its the suits who need to stop moaning and crying and throwing toys out the pram about having to suss out blockbuster prod-financing marketing and profiting from anything else other than, well... giant robots & cars & guns & explosions & awesome cleavage/ass & hopefully the current Will Smith while were at it (not that you wouldn't see me watching any of those movies in the theatre)... or obvious ultra cultural trends like fantasy in gaming-film from WoW to LOTR/HP doing the rounds for example...

  • March 8, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by bottombrick

    It all makes sense now: Guillermo Del Toro Guillerm De Torro Torro Guillerm Terro Gillerm Terry Gilliam A visionary director with a name that resonates in the corporate hive mind with an untouchable. No wonder his projects get shit on

  • March 8, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Has anyone read the script to PACIFIC RIM?

    by Green

    I'm just curious. When last I looked, IMDB had it listed as a TREATMENT/OUTLINE as opposed to full screenplay. Maybe Legendary was just keeping it under the radar until they got a commitment from Mr. Del Toro. I love the guy's work, but I have to say I'm more into his smaller films, like PAN'S LABYRINTH. That said, maybe he will revisit ATMM in a few years from now when technology has advanced sufficiently to make the film more cheaply.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Universal did Scott Pilgrim. What a failure of a studio.


    Those cocky cocks will pay for their crimes against humanity.

  • March 8, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Every major studio is chickenshit. That's why it all sucks.

    by alienindisguise

    Originality makes the suits piss and shit their pants simultaneously. I'm glad the landscape is changing where in the future Hollywood will not be needed in the creation or distribution of film because they are some clueless fuckers.

  • For this and other insane and huge projects. Oh wait. I'm a really eccentric, badass billionaire. Guillermo, call me!

  • March 8, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    I'm honestly very curious

    by Fuzzyjefe

    as to just how many times del Toro said "Fuck" after getting the news ATMOM was a no-go. But least there's a del Toro GIANT MONSTER MOVIE on the way. Fucking silver-ass lining. Fuck.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    I will support Guille no matter what.

    by Zurge

    That artist is really talented, friendly, and fucking smart. ATMM is his dream project, and I am sure we'll get to see it eventually. That being said, I say whoever is not funding this project is really missing out on a great opportunity, the only thing us geeks can do is come up with more stories and offer it to good Film makers first instead of selling out.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    He is my first pick for my properties

    by Zurge

    I'm hoping we get more independent film makers that can do epic movies without epic financial head aches. We need more Rodriguez TroubleMaker studios.

  • March 8, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    At The Couches of Madness...

    by Frank

    C'mon. You known you were thinking it.

  • March 8, 2011, 6 p.m. CST


    by the Green Gargantua

  • March 8, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Phone rings in Bleak House:

    by Fuzzyjefe

    GDT: Hello? This is Guillermo. Voice: Mr del Toro. This is Terry Gilliam. GDT: Mr Gilliam! How da fock are you? Gilliam: TAG! You're IT!!! HEEEEE-HAAAAA!!! *CLICK-bzzzzzzzzz* GDT: FOCK. FOCKING-FOCK!

  • March 8, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    ATMOM would do Pandorum type money

    by Detective_Fingerling

    its just that kind of niche horror movie. Girls wont want to see it and its rating isolates a large market. I don't think they'd have a single issue taking a chance on ATMOM if it had a budget of $50-$60 million, but it'd really have to have Pandorum's budget ($33 million) to get made me thinks.

  • March 8, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    "ATMOM would do Pandorum type money"


    No, it wouldn't. Shut the fuck up.

  • March 8, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Project dead- as reported by Dark Horizons

    by Zurge

  • March 8, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    an expensive risky film with the internet behind it?

    by slappy jones

    no wonder they dropped it!

  • March 8, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I'm surprised it got as far as it did.

    by Gozu

    There's no real interest in big budget R-Rated movies at the moment and there might not be for a while. Also, generally horror is only profitable because it's relatively inexpensive to produce. BTW, even though it's probably fake, that Godzilla concept is pretty cool.

  • March 9, 2011, 2 a.m. CST

    Take it to FOX

    by DirkD13"

    Cameron has made those fuckers BILLIONS, he should demand ATMOM be made properly. Gutted man, just fucking gutted about this.

  • March 9, 2011, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Del Toro is a -visionary-, but not a revolutionary director

    by Chet_P_Disney

    With something like ATMOM you need a -revolutionary- director or you need to step away from the property. With Guillermo we'd get a stunningly beautiful, incredibly expensive but strangely hollow film filled with overly-designed monsters and poorly choreographed action that would reach a respectable but not outstanding gross. Why throw Lovecraft's works away for another generation like this? Save it for someone like Cameron, Nolan, Fincher or even Jackson...

  • March 9, 2011, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Is this a hollywood remake

    by weebay

    Of the gay porn by the same title? Cause if it is, it has alot to live up to :-)

  • March 9, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    I couldn't understand most of that article--

    by Laserhead

    So ATMOM isn't happening now? And del Toro's doing a movie called Pacific Rim? Is that right? Any idea what Pacific Rim is about? Can someone please, please, please make Harry look at a tiny grammar book called 'The Elements of Style'?

  • March 9, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    That's it, I'm out...

    by ClayMatthews

    I officially give up - I can’t let myself care about Mountains of Madness anymore. It’s like Neuromancer: it will get made or it won’t but I’m done thinking about it and SO done hearing about it.

  • March 9, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    darth_kong: I owe nobody nothing.


    Except a good time. Call me, sailor. ; )

  • March 9, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    I agree with Harry, however...

    by bmcapers

    I wonder if what happened to Scott Pilgrim in the face of the overwhelming positive feedback from online fans is affecting their decision making process.

  • March 9, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Tentacle Bomb Universal

    by UtopiaComplex

    Suck my facial feelers, greedy studio chickenshits! Fucking Pilgrim is ending up in the bloody black and so will this, if it's not an outright mega hit.

  • March 9, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Does the world need..

    by Lord Albion

    two snowbound horrors with the 'Thing' prequel due later this year? Lets hope that ATMoM gets made but without being seen as part of a trend by those not familiar with the source.

  • March 9, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    I only understood the headline: R-rating is gone!!

    by kabong

    Movies have become a sleepy-time-out for grandparents and their grandchildren.

  • March 10, 2011, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Worth It

    by Jeff

    I'd just like to say that Universal is making a mistake if they don't fund this film. A gigantic, ego-shriveling, multi-million dollar mistake. Suits are cautious, I understand. It's in their nature to be tunnel-visioners instead of interested movie goers. But no risk equals no reward. None, whatsoever. Universal deserves to fall even farther in the standings if they don't challenge themselves to take chances on films like this, films that stand to rake in not just huge profits, but garner awards and become part of film history. Think the folks at Fox thought "Avatar" would make as much as it did? Most likely not even close. But they took a chance anyway, and boom, the industry changes. I'd encourage Universal to stop being so nervous and get real. High risk (relatively) equals high reward. Sometimes it's worth it.

  • March 10, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    1badmutherf@cker is a f@cker that is full of shit

    by TheKiller7

    Just because Del Toro isn't a whore like Michael Bay that delivers diarrhea for the masses and to sheepheads like you, it doesn't mean that the guy doesn't deserve praise. And kudos to barryknowles for totally owning you with his reply.

  • March 11, 2011, 3:09 a.m. CST

    i'm not surpried given that they fucked up Wolfman

    by chien_sale

    They wanted stupid, they got stupid. Instead of interesting.

  • March 11, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Merchandising Uber Alles

    by Bald Evil

    Long gone are the days where big studio movies got made because there was artistic vision involved. Now it's all about merchandising. Maybe if we're lucky a director who turns in a "Dark Knight" will be thrown a bone and allowed to direct a pet project, but del Toro has yet to deliver a "Dark Knight". Universal is not going to back an R-rated non-sequel horror movie based on a relatively obscure novella from a relatively obscure author with no real merchandising potential. And don't get me wrong, I am a huge Lovecraft fan, but he does not have the same public recognition as Stephen King. Even with Tom Cruise's name on the marquee, this was never an easy sell. Hell, chances are Universal thinks it's a remakes of Carpenter's "In the Mouth of Madness", and everyone knows that was not a success. Hard times for epic horror movies, folks... hard times.

  • March 11, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    HELLBOY 3!!!!!!!

    by Jonas Earl James

    There is no excuse whatsoever for waiting until Pearlman is too old to do the final Hellboy.

  • March 13, 2011, 1:41 a.m. CST

    ... if You were a stockholder....You what if You were a stockholder

    by Mundungus

  • March 13, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Right on, Harry!

    by Keith Malkin

    Universal Execs are worse than cowardly. I saw Guillermo's production, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, at the University of Virginia, before the same schmucks delayed the release of that film. It's a wonderful flick, and I hope everyone gets the opportunity to see it in a theater as well as on Blu-Ray. I suspect things will only get worse with the COMCAST merger at Universal. I've known and admired GDT's work from the start. GDT was and is a visionary, and the finest screen auteur in fantasy and horror since George Romero, John Carpenter, Sam Raimi, and Don Coscarelli. I have to ask the same or similar questions about Del Toro as to why Carpenter's The Ward is delayed, or why Romero had to escape to Canada to get his movies produced? And this must be why, after Phantasm 2, Survival Quest, and Beastmaster (not bad, but not what DC wanted) that Don Coscarelli has stuck to the family biz and stayed far away from the major studios. Instead the studios continue to rely on remakes from insider hacks like Breck Eisner (truly a "sonofa" with no imagination), who "re-imagine" Carpenter and Romero to death, rather than letting the masters create their own new works. If James Cameron and Sam Raimi have difficulties greenlighting movies, after billions at the box office, what kind of hope is there for the likes of GDT and Frank Darabont? Is it cable TV, where Darabont is puting his brilliant imprimatur on Kirkman's Walking Dead? And how can we as fans help GDT, Carpenter, Romero, Raimi, Stuart Gordon, etc. If I see another cheap, Michael Bay-produced and lame horror remake, and I can't see the product of the real film artists in this genre, perhaps I can wrap a reel or two of film around some Hollywood executives over-inflated head. As for folks moaning about Hellboy 3; I wouldn't worry, the pic will likely happen as soon as GDT finishes a script and compares notes with Mike Mignola. Perlman has said he'd do it if GDT wrote it. And the one thing GDT is good at is multitasking--so long as the projects are going to be released and distributed.

  • March 13, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    H.P. Lovecraft fun-fact

    by jameskpolk

    His mother dressed him like a girl. There are photographs of him with Goldilocks hair and a pinafore in L. Spreague Decamp's biography

  • March 13, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Harry, your writing is either

    by Olsen Twins_Fan

    some of the worst, semi-literate babble I've ever read, OR you are a marketing genius because you forced me to read the entire article to understand what the fuck you were talking about and Universal probably paid you to engage is some sort of reverse-psychology stealth marketing campaign for its upcoming slate of drivel and now I just wasted 10 minutes of my life and I'm stoned.

  • March 14, 2011, 1:15 a.m. CST


    by the Green Gargantua

    ATMOM will happen eventually, till than I am way too excited about this to give a shit:

  • March 14, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    There really is no hope at all.

    by Jungle Fish

    Between Riddley Scott's Prometheus, Jackson's The Hobbit and Guillermo's Lovecraft epic my movie-watching life was complete. Now the world seems a little less bright, and a lot less interesting. Fuck you Universal!

  • March 14, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    I tend to find....

    by tailhook

    Studios usually get it right when it comes to the money more often than not. Its better to go low budget and outsize than to go high budget and tank(hi Mars needs Moms). If you want to make your genre-bender that defies conventions... you'd better be able to make it on a very tight budget. $150 million for a genre R film.. you'd better have a name like The Matrix or you're toast. H. R. Lovecraft adaptation? Ya.. those have an absolutely marvelous track record. HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAHHHAAH.. I wouldn't even greenlight that risk. One thing is for sure, the studios have definately learned that listening to slobbering fanbois that don't give a shit if they ever make money hasn't worked. Its a business. Come up with a plan that makes business-sense and they don't give a shit if its a glorified snuff film as long as they make some money on it.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Damn Universal for reniggering on ATMOM. Right Quint?

    by Lucky13

  • March 19, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    They are rewriting Pacific Rim because of Japan's disaster

    by michael krakomberger

    So the geniuses at the studio are asking for a rewriting of Pacific Rim to make sure that no monsters attack Japan because of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. <> Yes, that is compassionate and incredibly stupid at the same time. I mean what country is synonymous with the so called 'Ring of Fire' and the most prominent Pacific Rim county? That's right Japan. So lets just pander to stupidity again and ignore that fact because of a natural disaster. That's like not making Gangs of New York or any of the innumerable number of NYPD associated movies because they make New York look like an unsafe and dirty place after 9/11. Who runs these studios?

  • March 20, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST


    by theKRELL

    Looks like that 4th grade education is working out rather nicely for you . . .