After the madness that was the pre-pre-production of "The Hobbit," and endless speculation Guillermo Del Toro finally announced that his next project would be the adaptation of HP Lovecraft's "At The Mountain of Madness," backed by Universal and produced by World King James Cameron. But with Del Toro going up and down the mountain, did he have to leave some heavier things behind?
New York Magazine says yes. Apparently, Del Toro was on the bill for another Universal project, a new "Van Helsing" film that would not only be produced by Tom Cruise, but also possibly feature the former box office star. As you might recall, it was reported in June that Del Toro was developing his own spin on the Van Helsing tale but news on the project ran quiet shortly thereafter.
Who knows what Del Toro's take on the legend would have been (and we're sure if you ask him, he'll tell you) but certainly, he would've certainly brought more life to the character and mythology than hack Stephen Sommers did. And the fact that Tom Cruise, who is notoriously picky about potential projects, was producing and possibly considering going in front of the camera make us wonder what direction Del Toro would have gone in. Either way, Cruise is rumored to be remaining with the project, even with Del Toro recently gone. More on this one possibly soon.
As for 'Madness,' the book is about an Antarctic expedition and their encounter with an "untold menace in the ruins of a lost civilization" (thanks Amazon!). Sounds great, and with Del Toro's eye for visual detail, we should be in for a real treat. Sorry Cruise, but it looks like this one's for the best.