At The Mountains Of Madness Not Greenlit, Del Toro May Make Pacific Rim In The Interim
It was only a couple hours ago that I wrote a story with the headline "Guillermo Del Toro's At The Mountains Of Madness Gets Greenlit, Tom Cruise Set To Star." The story was based on some quotes by producer Don Murphy, whom one can expect accurate information from. But now it looks like everything we thought was true was actually completely false and Del Toro might have even found a new project to make while he waits for the Lovecraft adaptation.
Let's start from the top, shall we? After the story broke earlier today, HitFix got in contact with Murphy, who almost completely backtracked on his "production starting in June" statement. According to an email from Murphy, they "are all trying to get Mountains up and running with Tom and Jim and everybody but no start date has been set AT ALL." Going even further, The Playlist got in contact with Tom Cruise's representation, who have said that he's, in fact, not yet confirmed for the project.
But now another wrench is being thrown in the gears. Deadline is reporting that another film may now serve as competition for Del Toro's attention: Pacific Rim. Based on a script by Travis Beacham, Del Toro was suggested for the film all the way back in October. Described as a "PG-13 tent pole-sized project with big monsters and the creation of a new world," the Legendary Pictures film would be right up Del Toro's alley, and should Universal continue to haggle over the budget for At The Mountains of Madness, Del Toro can work on the project. According to the story, Universal has been hesitant to give the director the $150 million budget that he has requested due to the project's would-be R-rating and the fact that it would need to make $500 million worldwide in order to make a profit - not an easy task.
Remember what I said earlier about not wanting to jinx At The Mountains of Madness? Fuck.
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