The horror director is still hopeful that someday he will be able to make this Lovecraft masterpiece.
It is said one of the responsibilities of an artist is to reflect the times they live in, to paint an accurate picture of what they see around. Hollywood is a place that is crawling with people who never got to pursue their dreams due to the nature of the industry. One such person who has faced this dilemma is the Oscar-winning director Guillermo Del Toro, who has been trying to make a movie adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness for over a decade now.
AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS (H.P. Lovecraft, 1936, 127pgs): My first Lovecraft. Awful personal qualities aside, I have to admit I loved this. Yes, it's dry and emotionless, but I can get down with that. Probably helps that it's set in Antarctica back when it was mostly unknown.— James A. Janisse (@JamesAJanisse) July 15, 2020
In a recent interview by Indiewire, the famed director revealed that his commitment to making the movie will never ever fade away. He said, "This is why I wear this ring since the project got canceled. This is the fake ring about a fake university, the one that appears in the book, Miskatonic University, and I’m gonna wear it until I make the movie. They may bury me with it.”
Guillermo del Toro Won’t Give Up On ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ Project https://t.co/pZYWb46ySY— William Schumpert (@BetterBrainsB) July 9, 2020
He continued, "It’s difficult to tackle. We had James Cameron as a co-producer with me …. we had Tom Cruise [to star] and we thought we were gonna get it made and we didn’t, it didn’t happen. These are not the decisions you make. Most of us filmmakers, we exist in a world that moves above our paygrade. People think that our career is a series of decisions. Our career is a series of accidents happening with your decisions on top. You don’t decide to do one movie instead of another.”
Guillermo Del Toro Will Fight to His Grave to Get At the Mountains of Madness Madehttps://t.co/Nwo2IE6Cfn— Leyenda.net (@LeyendaNet) July 9, 2020
At The Mountains of Madness is a science fiction-horror novella by American author H. P. Lovecraft written around March 1931. It was initially rejected that year by Weird Tales editor Farnsworth Wright because of the length of the novel. It was serialized in February, March, and April 1936 issues of Astounding Stories and since then it has been reproduced in numerous collections.
AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS Remains Del Toro’s White Whale https://t.co/OGvZWNiJJd— Last Movie Outpost (@MovieOutpost) July 7, 2020
It follows the story of a group of explorers who are stranded in the icy, barren land of the Antarctic. As the story progresses, the group realizes that they are being picked off one by one by some otherworldly force. Being considered as one of the greatest authors of all time, Lovecraft's books are exceptionally difficult to adapt as movies or TV series. It could be because Lovecraft relied on the magic of his words to create a sense of paranoia and madness.
If you are a fan of Lovecraft's work, you are familiar that the monsters in his world are never given a definite shape. They lurk around somewhere in the edges of the reader's psyche and this is exactly what makes Lovecraft's work even more difficult to bring to the screen. Making a horror film that relies so heavily on the right atmosphere is extremely complicated and maybe that's why Del Toro has failed despite coming close to it quite a few times.
I was re-reading Lovecraft's "At The Mountains of Madness" today and it's amazing how much wonder and tension are generated out of page after page of guys walking through rooms looking at wall carvings.— Zack Stentz (@MuseZack) June 22, 2020
Because of all the points stated above, Lovecraftians and fans of horror should not be too hopeful about this project coming to fruition anytime soon. But who better to prove us wrong than Del Toro! Would you like to see the movie made? Let us know!