Instead of The Hobbit…

Since the studios couldn’t get their act together in time for Guillermo Del Toro to direct The Hobbit, what movie is he going to make instead? It’s a movie he’s expressed a desire to make for quite a long while now: At the Mountains of Madness, based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft.

In the Lovecraft tale, a gruesome discovery made during a scientific expedition to the South Pole in the 1930s hints at the true origin of mankind having come from elder gods from another planet. Bad things happen when those life forms are awakened.

So that may not be a big surprise to you. No, the big surprise is the project’s producer: James Cameron.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Chris Overholt

    Auralia’s Colors of course!

  • Rick Ro.

    I guess it will be a question of: “who’s in control?”

  • Bob D

    Regrettably, my estimation of del Torro just went down a fair amount by having his work associated with Cameron in any way.

  • Nicholas

    Weird. At the Mountains of Madness seems perfect for Del Toro, but Cameron producing? He always seems to have an angle. What is it this time? As innocuous as the original story is, I can’t help but look at the subliminal links to the Cameron produced documentary “The Lost Tomb of Jesus”, and could easily see him subversively working “the true origin of mankind” thing as if it is entirely plausible.

  • Chris

    Del Toro seems to be announcing a new project every day–”Haunted Mansion,” “Frankenstein,” etc. I’m hoping he’ll return my calls to video tape my wedding :-)

    But I’m just happy we’ll have him back on the big screen doing fantasy/horror again. Loved “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy 2.” I have a hunch the studio-driven “Hobbit” would have restrained him too much. Del Toro’s a filmmaker who needs to be let loose and I’m curious to see how that jives with Cameron’s perfectionism.

  • Ryan

    well…….I didn’t see that one comin’

    but I’m cool with it.

  • Gaith

    Sounds as though Big Jim is becoming thoroughly alarmed at the post-production abuse of poorly upconverting 3D movies, and is producing this to help GDT and co. get theirs right.