The world of television and film production is a terribly unpredictable thing. What’s here today is gone tomorrow and then right back in production come Wednesday morning tea-time. The latest Hollywood flip-flop involves the potential works of the great and powerful Guillermo del Toro. It looks like he’s going to be giving another shot at getting At the Mountains of Madness done and also that his Hulk TV show is sliding slowly but surely down the drain.
The adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness has been peed all over several times, despite del Toro’s eagerness to get it done. The final boot came because of what del Toro believes to be a too-high budget and an inevitable R rating that would discourage ticket sales. But, according to a recent interview with The Playlist, the director isn’t quite ready to shut this one down.
He had this to say:
I’m going to try it one more time. Once more into the dark abyss. We’re gonna do a big presentation of the project again at the start of the year and see if any [studio’s] interested.
And this as well:
Yeah, Tom [Cruise] is still attached. I think it would be so fantastic to make it with him. He’s been such a great ally of the project.
Well, it’s not exactly a big thumbs up, but at least he’s still interested. With any luck, Lovecraft’s amazing story will get the del Toro treatment and horror fans everywhere will have a very happy day to look forward to.
On the other end of the spectrum, The Hulk television series is seeing some hard times. While it’s not completely dead, it is looking rather bleak for the angry, green-skinned hero. Del Toro is, apparently, waiting for the lazy bastards at Marvel Studios to get off their asses and secure a writer and has been for several months.
Of course, there are more than a few issues surrounding a potential Hulk TV series. It’s unlikely that we’d see Mark Ruffalo jumping on board with a long-term television endeavor and, given the desire of the studio to maintain continuity across all their projects, there aren’t a lot of options left without him.
Personally, I don’t care which or what del Toro makes in the future – I’ll watch every one. Everything he does is excellent and I’ll be in the theater or in front of my TV regardless. And if neither of these go through, I’ll just sit around and wait for the inevitable Hellboy 3 or Pacific Rim 2 to come.
Thanks to BleedingCool for the heads-up.