Del Toro Teaming Up With Cameron For ‘Mountains of Madness’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

Can you say “dream team?”

Not that long after (sadly) departing the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit, celebrated director Guillermo del Toro has reportedly chosen his next directorial project: an adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft tale, At the Mountains of Madness.

If that news isn’t exciting enough, none other than mega-director and producer James Cameron is reportedly coming onboard to produce the adaptation. Dream team, indeed.

Del Toro has had this project in the works for a while now, as far back as 2004 when it was set up at Dreamworks by del Toro and producers Susan Montford and Don Murphy. Del Toro co-wrote the script with Matthew Robbins (Mimic) back then, but is now going to do some “retooling.”

Mountains of Madness gained steam back in 2007 when del Toro made a huge overall deal with Universal, round about the same time the studio gave the go-ahead on Hellboy II. The project lay dormant  until del Toro surprisingly decided to take on the mammoth responsibility of adapting The Hobbit.

In case you’re not aware, At the Mountains of Madness is a 1931 story by the author H.P. Lovecraft. Here’s the overall plot as Deadline reports it:

A gruesome discovery made during a scientific expedition to the South Pole in the 1930s hints at the true origin of mankind having come from elder gods from another planet. Bad things happen when those life forms are awakened.

At the Mountains of Madness book Del Toro Teaming Up With Cameron For Mountains of Madness

The book has been adapted many times in the past, including into a radio drama and even a musical. However, this will be the first big-screen adaptation.

You shouldn’t be surprised to hear that Mountains of Madness will be in 3D but you can breath a sigh of relief as it’s being shot in that format, as opposed to be converted after the fact. A huge bit of good news is that Cameron will be producing and can really put his 3D expertise that he perfected with Avatar to good use.

Cameron has a remake of Fantastic Voyage on the horizon, but apart from that he supposedly wasn’t going to be attaching himself to many other new projects (even in a producing capacity). However, it appears he’s made an exception here, presumably (at least partly) because he gets to work with del Toro, one of the finest filmmakers working today.

Guillermo del Toro - the man of a thousand projects...

As you probably already know, del Toro has a thousand and one other projects on his plate. He wasn’t able to get to any of them before, as he was tied up with The Hobbit. However, now that’s he’s free of that, he has the opportunity to tackle all those other projects. On his list are Frankenstein, Slaughterhouse-Five, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and many more.

Mountains of Madness is going to be a huge project for del Toro, certainly the biggest he’s ever attempted (outside of The Hobbit). But he has proven himself a fantastic director on numerous occasions, so I have no doubt he’s up to the task.

At the Mountains of Madness will reportedly start pre-production in the next few weeks and will start shooting next summer.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Oh Jesus I just jizzed in my pants. This is great news, but is Del Toro still doing the Haunted Mansion remake?

  2. I’ll see anything with the words Del Toro in the credits. The man is a genius.

    • Once again I am in 100% agreement with Joesph!

  3. I am excited that Del Toro FINALLY doing Mountains of Madness, but why is he teaming up with Cameron?!? I don’t want to see this in 3D!! D:

  4. Then don’t. It’s not that hard, Jesus, I hate people like you who whine about 3-D. Just see it in 2-D!

    • Exactly!! If you don’t like 3-D, then just go see it in 2-D. It’s that simple.

      • Actually its not that simple. I live in London, and most places show 3D films only in 3D. I wanted to see Clash Of The Titans in 2D but couldnt find anywhere that was showing it.

  5. Sounds like perfect material for del Toro to work with. I was also sad to see him leave The Hobbit, but he’s still working on the screenplays for that. I’m very intereseted in seeing his takes on Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as well. They seem like properties he can definitely put his stamp on.

  6. Oh Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna!!!!

  7. omg yes!, my dreams have come true!

  8. That’s great news! But “At the Mountains of Madness” WAS filmed once before. The title was “Aliens Vs. Predators”.

  9. This is really great news. It almost makes up for him leaving The Hobbit.


    Perhaps MGM will continue to stubbornly protract its death for another year or so, and del Toro will once more be available to direct The Hobbit by the time it’s finally greenlit?

  10. I heard the rumor about the movie based on the HP Lovecraft novel just a while back. I thought, “I sure can’t wait to see it!”