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Handing the directing duties of The Hobbit over to Peter Jackson has definitely helped Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) to free up space for his longtime labor of love, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness. Many fans were concerned that with his announced involvement directing an adaptation of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein as well as serving as an executive producer for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark that there would be little time to get the cameras rolling on “Madness.”
Turns out, all of his other projects cannot hold a candle to Del Toro’s commitment to get “Madness” made. He recently told The LA Times that not only is “Madness” foremost on his mind, but that the script is finished and meetings have already been held with the big wigs at Universal, pitching his vision for the long-talked-about project.
As if Del Toro’s taking pitch meetings were not enough to give hope for the project, he also notes how James Cameron, acting in an executive producer capacity, has been in on the meetings, providing feedback on the project.
Del Toro says of Cameron, “In his subtle style he said to me, ‘I have a few notes, but I have one fatal flaw [that I see in the script]’…he pointed out one thing that was big. I’ve been thinking about this for 35 years, and he pointed out something I’d never seen.”
While I wouldn’t say anything about Cameron is subtle, it is good to see that he’s helping to get the project, which will be shot in 3D, into production promptly. Del Toro hopes to begin filming as early as June.