Fans of H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains Of Madness had to buy themselves new underwear last month when it was announced Guillermo del Toro would be directing an adaptation of the novella with Avatar director James Cameron producing.
While on the rounds promoting the re-release of the highest grossing movie of all time Cameron spoke about why he decided to make Madness, what his role will be, and working with del Toro.
Cameron has told me in the past that he is not passionate about producing.
“Well, yeah, then Guillermo came along,” he says. “In this particular case, I’m working with Guillermo because I enjoy his company, and a creative collaboration is something that we’ve talked about doing for a long time.”
“It’s going to be an epically scaled horror film and we haven’t seen anything like that in a really long time — I guess since Aliens.”
Like the novella on which it’s based, the film will take place in the Antarctic, where humans encounter a race called the Ancient Ones. “The thing about Lovecraft is that he left a lot to the imagination,” Cameron says. “He never told you what they looked like. He managed to create a sense of creeping horror without specifics.”
“Guillermo brings an eye for design that is so original and so quirky and so steeped in the lore of movie design and horror design, but always fresh and unexpected. Frankly, I just want to see what he comes up with and I want to enable the nuts and bolts of the production so he doesn’t have to worry about that. I want to help him work in 3-D.”
Guillermo del Toro has been wanting to make At The Mountains Of Madness for years and he was in talks with Warner Bros. to adapt it in 2006, but according to Toro they were “very nervous about the cost and it not having a love story or a happy ending”. However the combination of del Toro and Cameron spurred Universal to hand over the money and the last we heard the studio and del Toro are intending to begin pre-production soon ready for a summer 2011 shoot.