Director Guillermo del Toro has tried on a couple of occasions to bring HP Lovecraft’s work, In the Mountains of Madness, to the big screen, but was thwarted by unknown powers from beyond the cosmos (the studio executives). Now, del Toro’s relationship with Netflix could revive the project once again.
On Fangoria’s podcast on Stephen King, KingcastGuillermo del Toro was asked if his new partnership with Netflix could open the door to another attempt to bring the horror story to life.
“Guess what were the first projects I presented [a Netflix], you know? I went through the cabinets and found [El Conde de] Montecristo, [En las] mountains of madness. Those were a couple of projects that I submitted first.“says del Toro.
Although Guillermo del Toro did not reveal the answer to his presentation, said the project would change considerably from the first time that he tried to develop In the Mountains of Madness as a film, commenting that the script he co-wrote 15 years ago “It is not the script that I would do now, so I have to do a rewrite “.
“Not just to scale it down in some way, but at the time I was trying to match the scale of it with elements that would make it somehow capable of going through the machinery of the studio. You know?“explained del Toro.
The director comments that without the need to be more “box office“is free to do”a much more esoteric, weirder and smaller version“, and adds that he can restore the scenes that were left out and dispense with the large sets that “you don’t feel like it“.
“As if I’ve already done this or that gigantic set piece. I feel like going in a stranger direction … I know that the ending we have one of the strangest and most disturbing endings, for me“.
HP Lovecraft’s horror classic is something of a thorn in the side for director Guillermo del Toro. He wrote a script with Matthew Robbins in 2006 and it was announced in 2010 that it was about to be produced with Tom Cruise as the lead.. But doubts about the adult classification and the similarities to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus threw del Toro’s plans to the ground.
It remains to be seen whether or not Netflix will rescue Del Toro’s project. In the meantime, he has assembled a talented group of collaborators for a new Netflix horror anthology called Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities. The stop-motion adaptation of Pinocchio is also coming to Netflix. In addition, his next film, The Alley of Lost Souls, opens in theaters in January 2022.