at the mountains of madness

The sad progress of Hellboy 3 from a twinkle in Guillermo Del Toro‘s eye through rumours of a revival and straight into the garbage pail of Hollywood history was a sad sight for many fans to behold. For a minute there it really looked like Mike Mignola’s masterpiece was going to have one last shot at the big time. And while we were left bitterly disappointed, it certainly got us all thinking. Del Toro’s career is littered with dead projects that he keeps alive through sheer force of will, waiting for the right moment to resurrect them. So what other old Del Toro projects might we end up seeing? Here are the five we’d most like the Mexican maestro to work his magic on.

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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.

Just weeks before opening weekend, 20th Century Fox has announced that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has finally received its official rating of “R”.  While some fans were worried that the film might be gimped to make a PG-13 rating (and thus more monies), Ridley Scott plus Aliens universe does not a children’s movie make.

The official rating was bestowed upon Prometheus for “sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language.”  Damn.  I was hoping that “repeated full-frontal nudity” would have been on the list.  I guess you can’t have everything.

In other news, Guillermo Del Toro expressed his concern that his At the Mountains of Madness project may suffer due to Prometheus’s success.  Del Toro’s adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft story was shelved earlier due to budgetary reasons, but there is always a chance that production could resume.

Del Toro, however, believes that chance may be slim-to-none because of the various similarities between Lovecraft’s story and Prometheus.  In a recent interview about the subject, Del Toro spoke about Lovecraft’s influence on the Alien world and his concern that the two movies would be too alike to produce so close together.

When asked to elaborate, Del Toro had this to say:

“Same premise. Scenes that would be almost identical. Both movies seem to share identical set pieces and the exact same BIG REVELATION (twist) at the end. I won’t spoil it.”

Somehow, I doubt fans would be too upset if Del Toro made a scary Lovecraft horror flick.  It is, however, left in the hands of production companies who often don’t see the art of a movie as being preferable to cash money.  This is a shame, especially considering that At the Mountains of Madness could have ended up being the first H.P. Lovecraft adaptation that didn’t completely suck balls.

Regardless of the consequences, Prometheus set to open on June 8th of this year – and YOU should go see it cause it’s going to be freakin’ amazing.

 

Thanks to slashfilm and geektyrant for helping us out on this one.