Hollywood goes to the Mountains of Madness.

Guillermo del Toro has all but officially announced that he would be making an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s 1931 novella “At the Mountains of Madness”. From what I have read it looks like James Cameron will produce it and that it will be in 3-D. For those of you who are fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings you probably already know that “del Toro” was the first director/producer for the upcoming Hobbit movie. But for a number of reasons we won’t get into, he bailed out of The Hobbit during production.

So now he’s going to try to make At the Mountains of Madness. In my personal opinion this can only end one of two ways. With any luck Guillermo del Toro, will do what Peter Jackson did with The Lord of the Rings and stay as true to the source material as he can. It will be set in the 1930’s, it will feature Miskatonic University, Arkham and all the other wonderful creations that H.P. Lovecraft created. Or it will become the typical Hollywood “cluster-f%$#” of over-the-top special effects, explosions, computer animation and all the other crap that big budget films do to destroy anything that true fans really love. Keeping an open mind on something like this is a little hard to do, lets face it, most of the films that are based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft are total CRAP. With the exception of Re-Animator and the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Societies, Call of Cthulhu, nobody has really ever been able to pull off a “good” Lovecraft movie. If del Toro really wants to make this film I think he would do everyone a big favor and make it the way that Lovecraft envisioned the story.

First it needs to be a period film set in the 1930’s moving it into a modern day setting will take away a big part of the story. Most of the drama from At the Mountains of Madness is the fact that the characters are dealing with equipment that (in the 30’s) weren’t capable of handling the cold of Antarctica. Another key factor in keeping it in the past is that it is a story about discovery. In the 30’s Antarctica was still undiscovered country. We didn’t have satellites, GPS or any of the information we do today. Moving the story to modern times will make what the characters are doing seem really stupid. As far as 3-D goes I don’t really have an opinion one way or another on this. It seems like everyone is making 3-D movies all of a sudden and by now I think we all know that Hollywood will jump on any bandwagon that makes them money.

At this point we can only hope that del Toro is truly a Lovecraft fan and wants to make a movie that honors Lovecraft’s work and isn’t just cashing in on his name. Will it be full of massive explosions, high-speed car chases, beautiful women and Kung-Fu fight scenes? I sure hope not because I don’t remember any of that in At the Mountains of Madness.

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Published in: Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 10:50 AM  Leave a Comment  

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