Everyone went nuts at Comic-Con when Guillermo del Toro announced that he'd be working on a new Haunted Mansion movie for Disney. Though we all immediately figured he'd be directing this and using it as his next project, we soon heard that he'd only be producing it and helping to develop it, leaving that much buzzed-about director's chair still vacant. Now, however, Deadline reports that Del Toro is finally gearing up to get behind the camera, and it will be for one of the projects he's been talking about for years.
According to the site, Del Toro will team up with James Cameron (of all people) on an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness for Universal. Yes, it will be in 3D, and with Cameron in there as a producer, we know the 3D on this flick will ultimately rock our socks off. And it'll be a scary movie too!
The original novella follows an expedition to Antarctica where a team discovers a group of highly-evolved specimens buried in ice. Dubbed the "Elder Things", it's soon revealed that these creatures are of ancient origins – brought to earth back when the moon was pulled away from the planet – and that they were the original creators of life. Oh, and the creatures aren't exactly friendly, especially after they've awoken from their slumber. Ahem … guess what happens next …
Just the thought of Del Toro teaming with Cameron on a story as cool as this should send a rush of excitement through your core. These are two extremely passionate men, and whatever they wind up producing should make for an outstanding moviegoing experience. The only thing I'm curious about now is whether they make a tame version and keep it PG-13, or get nutty with it and go R. Naturally we can all guess what the studio wants to do, but we can certainly leave out a little hope that Del Toro and Cameron will be allowed to go crazy … right?
What do you think about At the Mountains of Madness? Good choice for Del Toro, or should he be doing something else?