Guillermo Del Toro Says At The Mountains Of Madness Still Hasn't Been Greenlit
While some writer/directors take their time to develop projects one at a time, Guillermo Del Toro collects them like baseball cards. It's rare that we go an extended amount of time without hearing something about a new a new undertaking. Hell, just yesterday it was reported that he will be a key figure behind the new ABC Hulk series. So of the massive number of projects that Del Toro is working on, what comes next? The truth is that he doesn't even know.
Fear Net recently had the opportunity to sit down with the director to discuss what his next move will be and while he feels his "biological directorial clock is ticking" and wants to "get behind the camera before the summer next year," he has no idea what movie he'll be making, though he knows what he wants to make. According to Del Toro, At The Mountains Of Madness, his adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft story, is at the top of his list, but he's having trouble squeezing a proper budget out of Universal to make it and is hesitant to say that it will be his next project. Said the director, "I've learned the hard way that until a movie is green lit, frankly nothing is real. I don't know. I hope it is my next movie, but Universal is not exactly throwing the money at me."
So what if Mountains of Madness can't get greenlit? Del Toro says that his second choice would be his adaptation of Frankenstein, though that project has it's problems as well - namely that it doesn't have a script yet. But while it may not be down on paper just yet, the director knows exactly how he wants to approach the material. "I cannot tell much without revealing exactly what is different about it and I don't want to spoil it" Del Toro said. "I can tell you that it's not modern time, it's period accurate to the period Shelley wrote it in. I will stay faithful to the novel. I don't think the novel has ever been shot." There doesn't seem to be any mention of Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein in the article, which many see as the first direct adaptation of Marry Shelley's book.
While I'd love to see Guillermo Del Toro's adaptation of Frankenstein, I truly don't understand why Universal wouldn't be throwing money at him to make At The Mountains of Madness. The project has the chance to be incredibly epic and even has James Cameron's name attached as a producer. That said, if Del Toro can't get the budget he wants, he most certainly shouldn't rush the film into production. As he says in the interview, the project has been on his mind for the past 30 years and nothing could be worse than seeing three decades of development go down the drain with a horrible, under-produced film. Regardless of what the movie is, though, if it's Del Toro, you can be sure that we'll be paying attention.
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