James Cameron Talks ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ Adaptation

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 8th, 2012 at 7:10 am,

James Cameron talks At the Mountains of Madness James Cameron Talks At the Mountains of Madness Adaptation

In what has to be one of the most exciting Hollywood team-ups in a long time, James Cameron and Guillermo del Toro are joining forces to bring H.P. Lovecraft’s classic 1931 horror novella At the Mountains of Madness to the big-screen.

We last reported on At the Mountains of Madness last October, when it was revealed that the film’s script had been revised, adding more backstory to the central characters (amongst other things), and that production on the film was set to start in July of this year.

We’ve already heard a little from director Guillermo del Toro on At the Mountains but what about producer James Cameron? Well, a couple of days after a screening of some footage from the Cameron-produced Sanctum, he talked to FearNet about the status of the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation as well as his thoughts on del Toro being the one to bring it to the big-screen after all these years.

Read what Cameron had to say on where exactly At the Mountains is at right now and what audiences can expect from the movie:

“Oh we’re very, very actively pre-producing the film right now with Universal. The design work is phenomenal, both the three-dimensional and two-dimensional design work, the physical maquettes, the CG test scenes; the artwork is phenomenal. The fans certainly won’t want for a visual feast with this film. But there’s [still] a bunch of number-crunching and ‘How you gonna do it?’ and ‘How you gonna make it?’; “Where you gonna do it?’ All that stuff.”

“A visual feast” – I certainly wouldn’t expect anything less from the combined brain-power of del Toro and Cameron as both of them are known for delivering films with extravagant and detailed visuals that really help to draw you into the world at hand: whether that be the expansive blue world of Pandora in Cameron’s Avatar or the gothic surroundings of del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, to name but a couple.

At the Mountains of Madness movie James Cameron and Guillermo del Toro James Cameron Talks At the Mountains of Madness Adaptation

As for finally working with longtime friend del Toro, Cameron had nothing but great things to say, revealing that they’ve been trying to work together for as long as they’ve known each other but that nothing has “quite congealed” until now. Cameron also stated that he has “zero authorship” when it comes to the At the Mountains adaptation, but is rather just there to help del Toro get the movie made that’s in his head. “[Guillermo has] got a real vision for the film. It’s very, very well-developed in his mind,” said Cameron.

A Cameron/del Toro film is long overdue and I personally can’t wait to see what the duo come up with for the belated adaptation. Of course, as Cameron says, this film is all del Toro and it definitely appears to be in the right hands since not only has the Mexican filmmaker been planning this film (in his head and no doubt via artwork sketches and the like) for years, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a director more suited Lovecraft’s source material.

The plan is to start shooting At the Mountains of Madness in July, 2011, and is slated for a release at some point in 2013.

Source: FearNet

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  1. really cool, but i hope that del toro gets back to hellboy soon so perlman doesn’t drop dead before he can make it

  2. I wish that Del Toro and Nolan would work together on a CALL OF CTHULHU adpation after this film.

    • Del Toro and Nolan? Interesting… Never thought of that possible team-up before but that would certainly be cool to see.

    • i think one lovecraft book and all that necronomican world is enough for major cinema…didnt you get enough CTHULHU in south park lol

  3. Cameron can keep his worthless self as far from Del Toro as possible for my taste.

  4. Cameron + Del Toro together? cool.

  5. hmmmm interstinn

  6. This will be like when that one guy got chocolate on the other ones peanut butter. Or was that the other way around? Anyways, I expect it to be epic.

    • You Cammy nuthugger LOL

      • Lol! I like cameron films! Besides I’m more of a tree hugged :).

        • What kind of trees? Walnut tress? :P

          • Cherry tree :).

            • So you go for the little nuts..wait, the pitts? lol

  7. Hi gang and Happy New Year!
    I don’t know if SR has put this out already, but I came across it online and thought anyone here who’s interested in this film might like a peek~


    I’m not sure if the trailer at the end was made by Del Toro, but it looks pretty compelling if you’re familiar with the novella…

    • It’s a self described “faux trailer”

  8. Sounds okay, if nothing else it will be the first time HPL gets a big budget, but it all depends on how much they monkey with the source material. Call of Cthulhu might have been a better choice visually, what with Rlyeh being involved.

  9. I think this is awesome, nuff said.

  10. STILL no sign of repentance from franchise slum Hollywood
    for its KEY role in NOT ONLY burying ALLLLL revelatory consciousness
    of the ever unfolding RED Chinese Halocaust —BUT in promoting
    tech worship and EUGENICS ‘values’ here at home.