At San Diego Comic-Con last week, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) talked his latest project,the remake of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (which he co-wrote and produced), The Hobbit (and moving on), various producing and production development projects, including co-writing and producing The Haunted Mansion (based on the Disney ride), and alluded to his next directing gig, a horror film. Now, courtesy of Deadline, we know exactly what that project will be: the long-in-development adaptation of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft's 1931 novella, At the Mountains of Madness, for Universal Studios. Even better? Not only will del Toro shoot At the Mountains of Madness in 3D (no post-production conversion, thankfully), but James Cameron (Avatar) will produce del Toro's next project.

In interviews over the last decade-and-a-half, del Toro has often spoken about his affection for Lovecraft "Cthulu Mythos," a complex, horror-themed mythology that's influenced popular fiction for more than a century, including Mike Mignola's Hellboy long-running, supernatural horror-superhero mash-up that Guillermo adapted in 2004 for the big screen. Del Toro also wrote and directed the Hellboy sequel four years later (unfortunately, a third franchise entry seems unlikely). Not surprisingly, del Toro's heart has always been with Lovecracft's tales of cosmic horror, of ancient, malevolent, inter-dimensional beings who covet our world (or, more accurately, our reality) and the hapless, usually doomed protagonists who learn too much and pay for that knowledge with their sanity (or their lives).
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