Del Toro and Cameron Team Up For Lovecraft’s ‘Madness’

What nightmares will the union of Guillermo Del Toro and James Cameron bring "At the Mountains of Madness"?
What nightmares will the union of Guillermo Del Toro and James Cameron bring "At the Mountains of Madness"?

Yes, it’s official – -my geek pants have exploded.
Even more disturbing than that, they have exploded with shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light.

What does all this mean? Well, let me tell you… provided I can stop hyperventilating.

Guillermo Del Toro is teaming up with James Cameron to produce an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness”. While this may leave many of you with big question mark hats on, for the horror geek (and particularly a Lovecraft geek like me), this is pure unadulterated geek wood. We’re talking mahogany here. This project has been discussed and speculated upon for at least a few years now. A script has been floating around since at least 2004 (which met with rave reviews) but when you’re talking an author that’s as difficult to adapt as Lovecraft, you need more than just a good script. You need money and clout.

Enter James Cameron.

Word is – in an exclusive to Deadline New York – that Cameron is coming on as a producer and that he will put his expertise to use in filming “Madness” in 3-D. Now aside from these particulars, details are pretty scarce. There has been no word on budget (though it’s predicted this will be a tentpole feature – over $100 million) or rating (which ideally would be an R), but supposedly this goes into pre-production in a few weeks and looks to start shooting next summer. We’re also still waiting for official word from either Del Toro or Universal, but with the shoggoth out of the bag (so to speak), whith any luck, an announcement will come soon.

Now if you will excuse me, I have to go find some new geek pants.

Joe Lopez
Dubbed, "TerrorScribe" by a former editor, Joe made the conversion to horror sometime in the mid-2000s. Little did he know he'd favored the genre all of his life. When not struggling with short stories, he provided genre film reviews for local entertainment sites and later genre sites who could suffer his cynical views.

It was that same cynicism - and some might say hubris - that lead him to have a brief flirtation with filmmaking. His first two efforts, "Annotated" and "Antes Que Seja Tarde (Before It's Too Late)" both premiered at a local H.P. Lovecraft film festival. A third short, "Survivor Girl" proved to be his undoing though plans are in the works to revived the cursed project.

Born and raised in Dallas, TX., Joe now resides in a small Texas town. Statistics say more dead bodies turn up in small towns that big cities... though he claims to have NOTHING to do with that.
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2 thoughts on “Del Toro and Cameron Team Up For Lovecraft’s ‘Madness’

  1. Lovecraft is in the August Issue of Providence Monthly and on Flickr!

    Did you manage to get your hands on a copy of the August issue of Providence Monthly?

    It contains a piece on H. P. Lovecraft in “The Last Detail” section on the back page; and it includes one of my H.P.L. headstone photos from the 1181 items in my Lovecraft and Cthulhu related Flickr Collections at:

    I’m hoping these items will help to entertain a few people while we all wait to see if there will actually be a Guillermo del Toro and James Cameron 3D version of H. P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness.”

    Will Hart
    a.k.a. CthulhuWho1
    a.k.a. California Cthulhu

    Curator of:

  2. Thanks for the heads up Will. Keep me posted on what your up to. It definitely looks worth keeping up with.

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