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.
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.