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.
On 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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