Yesterday we told you how Guillermo Del Toro's ambitious adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's 'At the Mountains of Madness' was facing some troubles as the film wasn't greenlit and hadn't yet signed Tom Cruise to star. Meanwhile, Del Toro was being courted for another project called 'Pacific Rim,' which is some generic-sounding monster movie. Not that we're dumping on 'Pacific Rim' -- after all, no one is more trusted with creature work than Del Toro right now. But after hyping 'Mountains of Madness' for months and knowing how crazy-cool the story is -- plus the fact that James Cameron was teaming with Del Toro -- well, sue us if we're a little bummed to hear the project is now officially dead.

That's what Del Toro told Criterion Cast in an email not long ago, and that's a shame. Right away people began blaming Universal for not taking the risk on a $150-million-dollar R-rated horror movie, but that's just nonsense. Complain all you want about Universal -- if you had gone to see 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' in theaters, maybe they'd feel a little more confident in 'Mountains of Madness.'

Fact is, the film is a major gamble for several reasons that should be pretty obvious (genre, budget, cast), and unfortunately the studio known for taking lots of risks these past few years (most of which did not pay off) wants to simply quiet it down for awhile and invest the big bucks in films that have a better shot at doing well at the box office.
categories Movies, Cinematical