The Hobbit would have been a very different movie. Interested is putting it mildly. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Deranged Cultist. 6 years ago Here is a fantastic collection of Guillermo del Toro's gorgeous concept art that he draws in his sketchbook. Voila. We may have dodged a bullet. The studio wanted Tom Cruise to play the lead. You can Lovecraftian imagery all over his films especially Pans labyrinth, the Hell Boy series, and The Shape of Water. I know he refused to spread The Hobbit over 3 movies was the deal breaker. In 1931, H.P. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. He once left one of his notebooks, with 4 years of work in it, in a taxi cab in London. Dedicated to the works of H.P. He wanted to make it a hard-R rated horror film and the producers wouldn't agree to do it unless it was PG-13. Seems a bit ridiculous to me that he would be so inflexible on it, especially since while yes, James Cameron was attached as an advisor, and Tom Cruise was possibly producing, Guillermo del Toro has never made a single film that grossed over 100 million domestic. It’s very difficult for a studio to take the step of doing an R-rated tentpole movie with a tough ending and no love story, set in period, from a writer, Lovecraft, who has a readership as big as any bestseller but cannot be quantified because his works are in the public domain. Movie Talk: 'Alien: Covenant' Video Teases Noomi Rapace's Role, Collider Nightmares: First Trailer for Stephen King's 'IT’; 'The Dark Tower' Release…. That didnt mean the film might not end up being pg-13, but he didnt want to aim for pg-13, and wanted to leave the option for an R rating in place. I'm crazy enough to buy them. People post about it on here every 2 days. Cookies help us deliver our Services. We did over 300 pieces of art, we did storyboards, we did models … we had a whole presentation. tl;dr: studio said pg-13 and 200 million or R and make it cheaper, GDT wanted 200 million and R, walked away. In all seriousness, I would kill for an all out Del Toro/Lovecraftian adaptation of The Hobbit and even Lord of the Rings. As much as i love peter jackson, i was truly excited to see Guillermo's take on middle-earth. You’re a blue collar guy working your way, putting numbers in front of studios, putting [together] stars, packages, whatever, and you have your stuff to move. See more ideas about Guillermo del toro, Sketch book, Art sketchbook. So I could steal Del Toro's book and return it just once a month for 60k annually?, I think I found a new job. Studio, rightfully so, saw that in order for the film to break even with that budget, it would have to be the #1 R rated film in the history of R rated cinema, and by a wide margin (once you factor in marketing and international distribution), and told GDT either free rating and you slash the budget, or 200 million and you guarantee pg-13. The cabby returned it to him 2 days later and del Toro was so thankful he gave the driver $900. A lot of the confusion surrounding the difficulties in getting At the Mountains of Madness made is that fans seem to think del Toro, and directors like him, have more decision-making power than they actually do: A lot of people think of directors like Caesar sitting on a chaise lounge like somebody feeding them grapes, and you say, “I would like to do Mountains of Madness now.” And it’s not. He's hugely influenced by Lovecraftian imagery. 200 million + an R rating was just a disaster waiting to happen. More than 70 years later and with Lovecraft’s works in the public domain, visionary writer/director Guillermo del Toro attempted to bring At the Mountains of Madness … I really like Del Toro, but I'm not sure if he'd be the right guy for a Lovecraft movie. It was originally serialized in the February, March, and April 1936 issues of Astounding Stories.It has been reproduced in numerous collections. I'd definitely still be interested to see what he did with an HPL property though. If this article has gotten you down, and you're disappointed that the boat has … Del Toro learned this lesson the hard way: We thought we had a very good, safe package. COLLIDER participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means COLLIDER gets paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. Hell Boy itself is heavily influenced by Lovecraft. I don’t think that’s a great casting. At The Mountains of Madness, big-budget, creature, Guillermo Del Toro, H.P. His script leaked at one point and from what I’ve read about it, it was a At The Mountains of Madness story in name only. Why am I not experiencing some decent Lovecraft on film? Judging by the illustrations, I doubt it would be very close to the actual story, not to mention it would be dangerously close to Ridley Scott's Prometheus. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Lovecraft, this is your stop for all of his outstanding works and weird fiction in general! Unfortunately, that’s the same story for At the Mountains of Madness today, but del Toro did share some information about the film’s extensive pre-production work: One day, I’ll show you the art, I’ll show you everything we did. It was $150 [million], Tom Cruise and James Cameron producing, ILM doing the effects, here’s the art, this is the concept, because I really think big-scale horror would be great … but there was a difference of opinion; the studio didn’t think so. That's how important his sketches are to his work. In a nutshell, Del Toro wanted 200 million dollars and no contractual obligation to meet a pg-13 rating. Can you imagine how great this wouldve been? A little late to this comment, but I had a chance to speak with someone close to the negotiations, and the reasons for the project being scrapped were pretty much purely financial. But the project fell apart. 2.0k. It's this incident that he now rights his information and reward amount in the notebook. Del Toro didn't like the terms, so he walked. It is sort of a 'the thing' movie, and I think they added Cthulhu in there for some reason (I didn't get that far into the script, but others have said...). For a Shoggoth, just buy some black silly putty and break up dentures into it. The notebook contained sketches for Pan's Labyrinth, which he wasn't even sure he'd make. His movies, even when dark and violent (like Pan's Labyrinth for example) tend to be fundamentally optimistic, and often have a triumph of the human spirit/innocence theme. I don't know that much of his work is Lovecraftian in themes or tone. Lovecraft, horror, James Cameron, Movie That Almost Was, R-rated, thriller, Tom … He took it as a sign from fate and pursued making the film. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, News & Discussion about Major Motion Pictures, Press J to jump to the feed. Thank for sharing! That gives you a line. Difficult to tell what was more disappointing, Del Toro dropping out of The Hobbit or ATMOM. More than 70 years later and with Lovecraft’s works in the public domain, visionary writer/director Guillermo del Toro attempted to bring At the Mountains of Madness to life as a big-scale, R-rated horror movie, but met the same fate as the story’s author when his idea was rejected by studios. At the Mountains of Madness is a science fiction-horror novella by American author H. P. Lovecraft, written in February/March 1931 and rejected that year by Weird Tales editor Farnsworth Wright on the grounds of its length. Download it here, in PDF format: Guillermo del Toro’s “Mountains of Madness”… Close. Unfortunately, little has changed in the decade or so since del Toro’s began trying to get the green light for the movie, except for the fact that he’s a little older and a little wiser when it comes to Hollywood wheeling and dealing. It covers every film he's made since 2001, including his failed adaptation of "At the Mountains of Madness". The R [rating] was what made it. So disappointed that didn't happen. 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