‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ As A Stop-Motion Feature?

by Thomas Tuna

If at first you don’t succeed…

Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has been trying to make his big-screen version of At the Mountains of Madness for the longest time now, but maybe–just maybe–he has hit on a different path to realize his dream.

As del Toro explained in a recent interview, the screenplay he co-wrote for the film 15 years ago, “is not the screenplay I would do now–so I need to do a rewrite. I would need to scale it down because, back then, I was trying to use elements that were made to go through the studio machinery.”

Now, he said, he doesn’t need “to reconcile that anymore. I can go with a far more esoteric, weirder, smaller version.”

All that being said, the way he may go–according to an interview he just held with IndieWire–is to make his project a stop-action animated feature. The director reportedly has had conversations with VFX veteran Phil Tippett about making a film similar in tone to his recent Pinocchio movie.

“I said it would be ideal to do At the Mountains of Madness as stop-motion,” del Toro said. “You watch the animation in a more rapturous way than live action. It’s almost a hypnotic art, and the relationship to the story becomes more intimate in that way.”

H.P. Lovecraft’s horror-s/f novella At the Mountains of Madness–first published in Outstanding Stories over a three-issue span back in 1936–follows Will Dyer, a professor at Miskatonic University, as he joins explorers traveling to a remote location in Antarctica in the 1930s–where they uncover dark secrets, the remains of ancient wildlife and terrifying monsters beyond comprehension.

Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on Guillermo del Toro’s efforts to finally make his vision of At the Mountains of Madness.


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