Ever since the news broke last summer that Guillermo del Toro will be directing his long-delayed passion project, the big screen adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness,” with fellow fanboy James Cameron producing, no less, Del Toro fans have been chomping at the bit for more news about the film.
One big burning question still left to answer revolves around casting, and even more specifically, whether rumored lead actor contender Tom Cruise has officially signed onto the project yet. Del Toro flat out deflected the question when MTV News asked him about Cruise’s interest back in September, but we had a bit more luck when we bugged Cameron about it recently, during the press day for “Sanctum.”
“Tom does want to do the picture,” Cameron said of Cruise’s continued interest. “I don’t think we have a deal with him yet, but we’re hoping to get that closed soon. Guillermo is madly working on a new draft of the script,” he added. “Hopefully we’ll be shooting by June or July.”
For those unfamiliar with the project, check out our very thorough and detailed breakdown of why you should be excited about it here. It has been a labor of love for del Toro and his writing partner Matthew Robbins. The lovable “Hellboy” director told us at San Diego Comic-Con that they’re focused on tweaking their screenplay.
“We are rewriting slightly the screenplay we’ve had for 12 years,” del Toro said. “There [are] movies that have come out that have done things that are similar to some of the stuff we were trying,” he said.
“Matthew [Robbins] and I believe that a screenplay like that you have to tackle again every so often. We tackled it last about two years ago, [when] Matt and I felt like we needed to rewrite some stuff. Matt is my greatest writing partner because we keep updating anything we haven’t shot, we keep saying, ‘Let’s do another rewrite,’ …Thirteen years ago it was a big challenge, but right now what we’re doing is keeping it alive,” he said.
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