December 3, 2010
Leaving the two-picture Peter Jackson-produced "The Hobbit" series has freed up much of Guillermo del Toro's time -- enabling this incredible director to prioritize his dream project -- a 3D version of H.P. Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness," being produced by none other than James Cameron.
He revealed to the Playlist that the film begins shooting in June of 2011 and will hit theaters in 2012. It sounds like this may be the greatest del Toro film of them all!
"At the Mountains of Madness" is a novella by horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, written in February/March 1931 and originally serialized in the February, March and April 1936 issues of Astounding Stories. It has been reproduced in numerous collections.
Lovecraft's story is written in first-person perspective by the geologist William Dyer, a professor from Miskatonic University. He writes to disclose hitherto unknown and closely kept secrets in the hope that he can deter a planned and much publicized scientific expedition to Antarctica. On a previous expedition there, a party of scholars from Miskatonic University, led by Dyer, discovered fantastic and horrific ruins and a dangerous secret beyond a range of mountains higher than the Himalayas.
The group that discovered and crossed the mountains found the remains of fourteen ancient life forms, completely unknown to science and unidentifiable as either plants or animals, after discovering an underground cave while boring for ice cores. Six of the specimens are badly damaged, the others uncannily pristine. Their highly-evolved features are problematic: their stratum location puts them at a point on the geologic time scale much too early for such features to have naturally evolved yet. Because of their resemblance to creatures of myth mentioned in the Necronomicon, they are dubbed the "Elder Things".
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