Ever since Guillermo del Toro and James Cameron teamed up with Universal earlier this year to adapt H.P. Lovecraft’s horror novella At the Mountains of Madness del Toro has always insisted that a June 2011 filming start was the aim. In a recent update the director confirmed that was still the case, and said he is currently busy re-writing the script.
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“I’m rewriting and rewriting… I keep rewriting, not for budgetary reasons, but for creative reasons. For me, the beauty of the book is really it’s all about perspective. It’s about putting mankind in the right perspective in the cosmic scope. Lovecraft is very hard to adapt. He’s the master of ambiguity, and film is all about specificity.”
“If everything goes according to plan, we’ll be shooting by June next year for a 2012 release.” Although the director does say “I’ve learned from experience that until the movie is greenlit, nothing is certain. I always joke that I’ll believe it when the Blu-ray comes out!”
Despite reports Tom Cruise and James McAvoy were in line for roles in the film del Toro said in September that “there is nothing tangible” with regards to the casting, but he does have his “eye on other actors, some of them very unexpected.” One bit of casting that won’t be a surprise will be that of Ron Perlman (Hellboy) who del Toro happily revealed “plays Larson, the sort of dog guy, the guy that cares for the dogs and the sled”.
At the Mountains of Madness follows a group of scientists and archaeologists who travel to Antartica on an expedition. There they stumble upon the ancient relics of an abandoned city hitherto completely unknown to mankind and uncover a prehistoric species that is awakened only to wreak havoc on their victims.