Guillermo del Toro recently attended the Toronto Film Festival where Deadline got the chance to have an in-depth interview with the director. As well as questioning him on various projects he is producing, they also asked him about At the Mountains of Madness which he signed on to direct in July. It was his teaming up with Avatar director James Cameron that won Universal over, and they are currently in the ‘budget design’ stage.
Here’s what he had to say:
Jim and I were able to do a double tag team, talking about the world and the experience that Mountains would be. We found new ways for them to see it, and they agreed to investigate it further. We are not green lit, we are still budgeting and designing, and we are partners on this. I believe in my heart we are going to be making this movie in June of next year. We are budgeting the creatures and met with Spectral Motion and ILM, where Dennis Muren told me the sweetest words ever when he said, no one has ever seen monsters like this. That was truly one of the highlights of my fat life, a demigod like Muren saying that.
The way the creatures are rendered and done is going to bring forth an aspect of Lovecraft that has not been done on live action films. Part of my speech was, I’m putting all the chips I have accumulated in 20 years as a director, betting them on a single number. This is not just a movie and then move on to the next. It’s do or die time for me. Cameron does his movies like that every time and I find it surprising the way people judge success in retrospect, like, of course, I would have done that. Avatar was the largest gamble, again, so were Titanic and Terminator 2. I love that type of filmmaker, with those gigantic stainless steel balls.
You can read the whole interview here!
Earlier this month we heard that Tom Cruise and James McAvoy were circling the movie, but we haven’t heard anything since and del Toro didn’t address it. If June is the eventual start date we should be hearing casting confirmations over the next few months.