Though I’m sure there would be some intense ledger scrutiny before any handshaking starts, it’s possible that the new deal between Legendary and Universal could revive Guillermo Del Toro‘s plans to make At The Mountains of Madness.
Set to be an epic, adventurous adaptation of HP Lovecraft, the film was all ready to go in 2011 when Universal got cold feet at the eleventh hour, scared off by the combination of big budget and expected R-rating.
A couple of interesting quotes in a new Hollywood Reporter piece skirt around how possible it might, or might not, be for Uni’s new partners, Legendary, to invest in the film and get it up and running again.
Here’s the first, from Del Toro himself, when initially hearing about the Uni-Legendary deal:
[Legendary’s] Thomas [Tull] is a big fan of the screenplay and the project. So it bodes well for that.
And an unnamed insider, either with Uni or Legendary or, I suppose, both, apparently raised an eyebrow and said:
We shall see, we shall see
And indeed we shall.
At the Mountains of Madness was – and I guess would still be – under the umbrella of Don Murphy and Susan Montford‘s Angry Films. Murphy’s geek tastes chime nicely with Tull’s too, so this really does look like a possible meeting of like-minded folk over a project that, honestly, similarly geeky cinemagoers deserve.
I suspect the box office of Pacific Rim will play some part in the decision. Yet another reason to go see the film this weekend – not that we needed one.