Saturday, July 31, 2010

Guillermo del Toro Will Helm 'At the Mountains of Madness'

Guillermo del Toro has confirmed that an adaptation H.P. Lovecraft's 'At the Mountains of Madness' will be his next film in the directors chair since leaving 'The Hobbit'. Universal have given the go-ahead for the project which will be shot in 3D and produced by James Cameron.

The story tells the tale of 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 taller 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".