At The Mountains of Madness – More From Del Toro

The news that Guillermo del Toro’s next film won’t be At the Mountains of Madness for Universal still stings. We’re all pretty heartbroken to be honest. So what exactly happened?

In an exclusive interview with Deadline del Toro himself shed some light on the subject. Dig on some excerpts below, and hit up that link for the whole enchilada.

Guillermo del ToroOn casting Tom Cruise …

“Closing Tom’s deal was in [Universal’s] hands. He was without a doubt, absolutely in favor of being in the movie. We met extensively, both in Canada and the U.S., dozens of times. Final polishes of the screenplay met with his approval. Closing the deal is not something that was in my hands. They needed to close it corporately.”

On the R rating …

“I think the R should be worn like a badge of merit in promoting the movie. To say, this is not a gory movie, not a movie full of profanity or violence, but it’s a really intense movie.”

On the budget and dealing with Universal …

“Since the day of the decision, I haven’t had a face to face with them. We’ve exchanged a few phone calls. In my mind, we were given the parameters of a budget and screenplay, and I was given the chance by the studio to create a visual presentation. They were blown away by the visual presentation, they openly admitted to loving the screenplay, saying it was dead on. And we hit the target on the budget they gave us, not a figure I arrived at. This came after months and months of story boarding, haggling with VFX companies, and bringing down the budget number. The week before the decision, I was scouting in the border of Canada and Alaska. We were a week away from opening offices in Toronto. We were crewed up, and frankly, I am as puzzled as most people are. One of the biggest, biggest points for me with this movie was the scope and the R, going hand in hand.”

So there you have it, folks. Sadly, that’s just the way Hollywood works sometimes. In the interim we’ll be happy to have a new monster flick in Pacific Rim, but if there’s any justice in this world, we’ll eventually get our At the Mountains of Madness with Guillermo at the helm doing it the only way he knows how … his way.

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  • The Woman In Black

    I don’t mind Cruise. I can easily separate the actor from the man. But what bothers me is the talk of the hundreds of millions of dollars this will cost and must recoup, especially in today’s economy. Seems a bit obscene.

  • Vanvance1

    I’m hoping he’ll eventually get to make the movie but by that time Cruise will be unable to be a part of it.

    • DavidFullam

      Seriously, I don’t think I can take anymore Tom Cruise.

    • xfoley8

      Me, too. Cruise is a deal breaker. It would take purely excellent reviews to get me to pay movie theater money to see anything he’s in, and even then I know he would detract from it, because I simply hate the guy as an actor and a human being (it’s hard for me to distinguish the two). Perhaps this was divine intervention from Cthulhu Himself.

      I’d like to see Del Toro tackle this film with a small budget (how much was District 9 made for?) and lesser known (or even unknown) actors. Sadly, he will probably never go back to low-budget film-making, and this is what you end up with- movies designed by corporations, made purely to make money and appeal to the largest possible audience, with little integrity and way too much compromise. It’s depressing how much the teen audience drives movie-making these days.