James Cameron Talks ‘At the Mountains of Madness'

Friday, 07 January 2011 10:22 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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James Cameron Talks ‘At the Mountains of Madness'

Guillermo del Toro, the beautifully twisted mind behind Pan’s Labyrinth, Cronos, and the Hellboy flicks, is so off the charts cool that he has publicly declared he would never make a film that didn’t include monsters.  That, I believe, is integrity of the rarest and truest sort.  His dream project for going on decades now is an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s classic novella “At the Mountains of Madness”, but for years it has seemed impossible.  The story, about an Arctic expedition encountering indescribably monstrous Lovecraftian beasties, would be hugely expensive, and isn’t the kind of easy-to-market horror flick where horny teenagers lose their gear and take lots of showers, so it seemed like something of a pipe dream for a long time.

The film is set up at Universal, and when James Cameron came aboard after Avatar’s staggering success, del Toro’s dream project suddenly became nigh inevitable.  Just yesterday we filled y’all in on Ron Perlman’s likely character in the film, but today we’ve got some words from Big Jim Cameron himself, courtesy of FearNet.

Of the film’s development, Cameron says:

“Oh we're very, very actively pre-producing the film right now with Universal. The design work is phenomenal, both the three-dimensional and two-dimensional design work, the physical maquettes, the CG test scenes; the artwork is phenomenal.”

On his role as producer, reputed egomaniac and control freak Cameron basically describes himself providing clout in deference to del Toro’s vision, stating,

“I'm just there to facilitate his vision. I don't have any strong sense of authorship; zero sense of authorship. I'm just there to try to get it made and help him do the movie that's in his head.”

This needs to happen.  The world will be a richer place if we can all go to the local multiplex and see a proper At the Mountains of Madness made by a man who turned down Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in order to make Hellboy. 

Just for fun, here’s a 1991 commercial for Alka Seltzer – directed by and starring Guillermo del Toro – that made the rounds on the internet about a week ago. Check it out below.

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