[UPDATE: It pains me to say it, gang, but if it wasn’t obvious enough, this was an April Fool’s Day joke.]
In a frankly surprising turnaround, Universal has decided to continue with production on Guillermo del Toro’s R-rated adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s legendary story, At the Mountains of Madness. Originally, you may remember, Universal cancelled the project, citing budget concerns. I was angry about this. Del Toro was going to move forward with Pacific Rim, a rather generic-seeming film about giant alien monsters. Apparently, the film’s subject matter, which would have included a monster devastating Tokyo, was deemed too inappropriate after last month’s devastating tsunami.
Del Toro released the following statement on his Twitter. You can almost hear the tears in his eyes.
I am honored to finally have the opportunity to give my favorite Lovecraft story the justice it deserves…Universal is making a brave decision here, and I will make sure not to let them down…thanks to all my fans and supporters. We did it!
At the Mountains of Madness presently has no release date, though Del Toro will likely begin shooting on location in Antarctica near the beginning of summer.