Tom Cruise Wants In ‘At The Mountains of Madness’

Friday, 04 February 2011 08:33 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Tom Cruise Wants In ‘At The Mountains of Madness’

Guillermo del Toro, on whom we posted once already today, has wanted to write and direct an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness for more than a decade now.  It long seemed like one of those impossible projects: a very expensive hard R horror film that isn’t easy to market like, say, a slasher film.  Since James Cameron came aboard to produce, though, his formidable figurative juice has brought the project a long way through development at Universal.  Tom Cruise has been rumored for the lead in the film since last September, and now Cameron has an update on the potential leading man.

In an interview with MTV News (helpfully pointed out by Coming Soon) promoting the new 3D thriller Sanctum, which hits theaters tomorrow, Cameron said of At the Mountains of Madness, “Tom does want to do the picture. I don't think we have a deal with him yet, but we're hoping to get that closed soon. 

While it continues gaining momentum, the project has yet to be green lit, but Cameron, in his usual style, is very confident. “Guillermo is madly working on a new draft of the script," he said. "Hopefully we'll be shooting by June or July."

Cruise will presumably be playing Dyer, a geologist leading the Antarctic expedition that goes south, so to speak, when it encounters some unimaginably horrific Lovecraftian beasties.  Cruise will next be seen reprising his role as Ethan Hunt in the Brad Bird-directed Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, out December 16th, 2011. 

If you’re psyched by the possibility of del Toro adapting Lovecraft, you might just need your head examined.  Cruise, of course, can be a polarizing figure for audiences, but an actor with his profile could help to get the picture made, and this project needs to happen.

Do you think Cruise is the right man to lead the expedition in At the Mountains of Madness?   

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