Guillermo del Toro got kind of a raw deal with The Hobbit, having to drop out of the director’s spot because of countless greenlight road blocks, only to have the film get on its feet just a few months later. Fortunately for the Hellboy helmer, he’s never had a hard time finding work and in fact has the next ten years worth of projects lined up, starting with At The Mountains of Madness.

Even with James Cameron taking an active role from his producer’s chair, Madness has had trouble finding money, but according to an interview with the LA Times, del Toro finally has a projected start date for his adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft novella.

After a summit meeting with Universal suits, del Toro thinks they’ll be shooting by June pending any major hold ups. It was just the other day that he announced that Universal “wasn’t exactly throwing money” at him, so this announcement is welcome since not only does it mean we won’t have to wait forever for this movie, but it puts one of today’s most visionary directors back where he should be--behind a camera.

The story follows a group of men on an expedition to Antarctica who discover a town filled with evil. Del Toro has been in love with the story for 35 years according to his interview, but even after all that time is ready to accept external input from Cameron:
In his subtle style he said to me, 'I have a few notes, but I have one fatal flaw [that I see in the script]. He pointed out one thing that was big. I've been thinking about this for 35 years, and he pointed out something I'd never seen.

This is good news for the script of course, but also great news for us as the two seem to already have a creative and collaborative working relationship which poises them to produce a great film with hopefully enough freedom to make it how they want. More on At the Mountains of Madness as casting starts to become finalized.

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