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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Perlman and Cameron talk Mountains of Madness...

As anticipation builds to cyclopean proportions on At the Mountains of Madness, Guillermo del Toro's dream project, it seems we are no closer to learning when, where or if the film will indeed be produced...

Actor Ron Perlman and mega-producer James Cameron most recently spoke of the project with and FEARnet respectively, and it looks like pre-production on the film is in full swing...

When asked about his part in the film, a character only hinted at in the story, Ron Perlman had this to say, "The movie takes place in the North Pole, and so I'm on board as this sort of dog sled dude. I spend my entire life with these dogs. So I'm a rough guy, among all these scientists. I'm a contrast to the deeply intellectual world that's being explored. I live outside all the time, I live in the elements. I'm a no-bullshit kind of guy in a world of guys who just live in their heads. So it's a beautiful role to play, given that backdrop. I kick some butt I hope we get a chance to do it."

When asked about when the film will roll, Ron told the site, "Curiously enough, the film hasn't been officially been announced yet. I'm doing this TV show, so I have to see what the schedule of the movie is, when it's happening, whether it's happening. And whether it can all work out schedule-wise. So I don't want to get ahead of myself here."

FEARnet, who caught up with James Cameron recently, asked what made him want to get the film off the ground and out of del Toro's mind, and his response was, "One word, one man – Guillermo. We've been friends for twenty years. We've been trying to work together, really, for that entire time. And it has never quite congealed. We're both Lovecraft fans. Me from my college days, when I discovered Lovecraft. I think I read everything he wrote in about a month. I powered through it. And if anybody can bring Lovecraft to the screen it's gonna be Del Toro.

He's got a real vision for the film. It's very, very well-developed in his mind. You know, I'm just there to facilitate his vision. I don't have any strong sense of authorship; zero sense of authorship. I'm just there to try to get it made and help him do the movie that's in his head."

When asked when the film would happen, it was more of the same, "Oh we're very, very actively pre-producing the film right now with Universal. The design work is phenomenal, both the three-dimensional and two-dimensional design work, the physical maquettes, the CG test scenes; the artwork is phenomenal. The fans certainly won't want for a visual feast with this film. But there's [still] a bunch of number-crunching and "How you gonna do it?" and "How you gonna make it?"; "Where you gonna do it?" All that stuff."

So it looks like the film will happen, but it seems that the stars are not quite right...


(Thanks to and FEARnet)


  1. Actually I think Perlman's character Larsen does appear in the novella. I think he might only be mentioned by name, his part in the book being very small, whereas del Toro has greatly expanded his role in the script.

  2. "At the Mountains of Madness" the complete, unabridged William Hart reading of the original 1931 H. P. Lovecraft novella that Guillermo del Toro and James Cameron are about to base their 3D Universal Studios movie upon, is now freely available in MP3 format for downloading from several online sites.

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  3. Justin,

    Thanks for the comment! You are correct of course, and I should check my facts before I post. Perlman also says the story takes place in the NORTH Pole...

  4. Will,

    I haven't forgotten about your post! I will get it online soon!!!


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