Screen Junkies » At The Mountains Of Madness http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 02 Dec 2014 00:27:27 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Guillermo del Toro Doesn’t Know Why ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ Was Killed http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/guillermo-del-toro-doesnt-know-why-at-the-mountains-of-madness-was-killed/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/guillermo-del-toro-doesnt-know-why-at-the-mountains-of-madness-was-killed/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2011 18:23:53 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=165037 Box office poison Tom Cruise strikes again!

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Alright, I’ll admit that I was being facetious when I requested more back and forth regarding the green lighting of At The Mountains Of Madness. I can’t help but feel personally responsible for all this hullabaloo. I’m sorry. I now know to be careful what I wish for.

To recap, earlier this week it looked like all systems were go for Guillermo del Toro to begin shooting this June. Then suddenly, the project was dead. And today, he confirmed that he’ll direct Pacific Rim next. So, what happened? Nobody really knows. Including del Toro.

He answered Deadline‘s questions about the failed project. Here are some highlights:

Did Universal have issues with the budget?
“They were blown away by the visual presentation, they openly admitted to loving the screenplay, saying it was dead on. And we hit the target on the budget they gave us, not a figure I arrived at. This came after months and months of story boarding, haggling with VFX companies, and bringing down the budget number. The week before the decision, I was scouting in the border of Canada and Alaska. We were a week away from opening offices in Toronto. We were crewed up, and frankly I am as puzzled as most people are. One of the biggest, biggest points for me with this movie was the scope and the R, going hand in hand.”

Was Tom Cruise on board?
“Definitely, closing Tom’s deal was in their hands. He was without a doubt, absolutely in favor of being in the movie. We met extensively, both in Canada and the U.S., dozens of times. Final polishes of the screenplay met with his approval. Closing the deal is not something that was in my hands. They needed to close it corporately. As far as the movie grossing that much, obviously I’m not impartial, but I have to believe that with 3D, Tom Cruise, Jim Cameron, the scope of Lovecraft’s novel that is one his best regarded and most widely known works, I would venture that it could absolutely have been done.”

What’s the deal?
“You may think I’m being glib, but I don’t know. Since the day of the decision, I haven’t had a face to face with them. We’ve exchanged a few phone calls. I my mind, we were given the parameters of a budget and screenplay, and I was given the chance by the studio to create a visual presentation. The week before the decision, I was scouting in the border of Canada and Alaska. We were a week away from opening offices in Toronto. We were crewed up, and frankly, I am as puzzled as most people are. One of the biggest, biggest points for me with this movie was the scope and the R, going hand in hand.”

Can you set it up elsewhere?
“That is not a quick process. We would have needed first to get the formal terms of turnaround from Universal before we could formally get an answer from another studio. We were gauging interest and there was interest, very serious interest, but nothing that could happen before Universal names the terms in which they would allow us to try and set it up somewhere else.”

What are his personal parameters for the project?
“I’ve been offered four or five times at different studios the chance to make this movie in what I think was the wrong way. With $20 million or $30 million less than what I need, with a contractual PG-13, and I don’t want to do it that way…..I think the MPAA could rule the movie PG-13 because the movie and the book are not gory. If that is the outcome, fine. But I don’t want to put the PG-13 on paper, for one reason. We created Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, thinking we would be safe looking for PG-13 because we had no profanity, no sex, no gore, but we made a very intense movie in a very classical mold. And the MPAA gave it an R.”

Are you and Universal still bros?
“We have active projects where I’m a producer there and I’m still going to pursue my year and a half or two years I have left in my time with Universal. As disappointed and heartbroken as I am, for the studio, this is a business decision.”

What’s up with Pacific Rim?
“I can only say I was very happy to be able to develop it under the radar in many ways. People got it confused with the Godzilla movie a few months ago but we cleared that up. I can say the scope and imagination that have been outlined in it are absolutely appealing to me. I cannot say more, it’s not the time,” del Toro said. “The idea is unequivocally to start shooting in September. The terms of that will become public very soon, but the idea is to get behind the camera this year. I miss it terribly. Unfortunately for me, I have passed discreetly on a number of high profile projects last year in order to save myself for a project that I’ve been shepherding. That was ‘Mountains,’ and now it seems like it’s going to be ‘Pacific Rim.’ In both instances, these are projects I am generating.”

Poor guy. It’s gotta suck to have two huge projects dump out one after the other. Let’s leave him alone to play with his action figures for a bit. Dude’s earned that.

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Oh, So ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ IS Dead http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/oh-so-at-the-mountains-of-madness-is-dead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/oh-so-at-the-mountains-of-madness-is-dead/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2011 15:54:18 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=102762 Man, that Guillermo del Toro doesn't bulldump around.

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Man, that Guillermo del Toro doesn’t bulldump around.

Yesterday was a tumultuous day for the adaptation of At The Mountains Of Madness. In the morning, news broke that the project was ramping up for a June shoot with Tom Cruise on as the lead. By afternoon, there was news that Universal was having mo’ problems with the budget (which oft happens with mo’ money). And by evening, del Toro’s dream project was not happening.

The Criterion Cast wrote an email to del Toro asking whether the film would have a summer start and he responded, “The opposite- Dead. – G”

Sounds pretty definitive but what if by “dead,” he meant the kind of dead that can be magically resurrected like in the Hellboy movies? All we’ll need to bring this back is the Spell of the Ancients and a lock of Guillermo’s beard hair. And a studio green light.

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Which Giant Monster Movie Will Guillermo del Toro Choose To Direct Next? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/which-giant-monster-movie-will-guillermo-del-toro-choose-to-direct-next/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/which-giant-monster-movie-will-guillermo-del-toro-choose-to-direct-next/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 22:26:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=102671 Turns out there is a lot of uncertainty about the future of 'At The Mountains Of Madness'. Ah, that's the Hollywood I know.

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Ah. That’s more like it. Earlier today it was reported that Guillermo del Toro‘s At The Mountains Of Madness was moving forward with a June shoot date. But that couldn’t be right. We weren’t subjected to endless casting rumors and misreports. Turns out, that report turned out to be a misreport.

Producer Don Murphy cleared the air to say that there’s no way they are ready to firm up a shoot date as Universal is still balking at the budget. As a result, del Toro may be wooed to another project. Legendary Pictures is charging ahead with a giant monster project called Pacific Rim. They know that del Toro likes the project and they hope to get him by pushing it through to production.

This is a tough place for del Toro. He spent the last few years waiting for The Hobbit, only to have to walk. And At The Mountain is his dream project. What is he supposed to do while the studios do their thing? Sit around and NOT direct giant monster films? (Deadline)

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‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ Is Maybe Actually Happening Soonish http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/at-the-mountains-of-madness-is-maybe-actually-happening-soonish/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/at-the-mountains-of-madness-is-maybe-actually-happening-soonish/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 17:35:18 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=102519 Producer says this is filming in June. He must not be familiar with how movies get made.

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They got this one off the ground quickly.

Producer Don Murphy has divulged that Guillermo del Toro‘s next directorial project, At The Mountains Of Madness, will begin this June with Tom Cruise attached to star.

Based off the H.P. Lovecraft novel, the story tells of a team of scientists who awaken monsters in Antartica. And since it’s Lovecraft, you can bet that they will be tentacle monsters. And since it’s del Toro, you can bet that they will be covered in eyeballs.

June seems a little early to begin filming, as we haven’t been beaten over the head with news of casting shortlists and labor union strikes. Can a movie this big be put together quietly? My guess is that filming is a ways off still but will keep you updated on the actors that Tom Cruise will try to pull out of the grasp of eyeball-covered tentacle monsters. (io9)

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