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Guillermo del Toro (and James Cameron) follow Lovecraft passion

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Steven Zeitchik at our sister blog 24 Frames has been following Guillermo del Toro on his path to “Madness.” Here’s an excerpt from the latest dispatch...

Guillermo del Toro all but winked at us the other day that he’ll make his adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s 1931 novella At the Mountains of Madness his first movie since things went awry with “The Hobbit.

When we asked him in an interview on Friday whether it would indeed be his next film, as we were hearing, he flashed an impish grin and said, “We’ll see.”

This morning, sources tipped that “Madness” would indeed be his next movie, and it’s been something of an open secret in Universal circles that this is the one the auteur would go with. Now Deadline is reporting that it is, and, in something of a surprise, that James Cameron will produce, and that it will be in 3-D.

Fans have been calling for “Madness” for years, and in a way it’s a perfect move at this moment. With the director losing two years on “The Hobbit,” it’s now two years and counting since he last directed a picture.

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His fans — and no doubt Del Toro himself — don’t want to keep waiting. “Madness” is difficult material to shoot, both narratively and logistically — it’s basically a monster movie set in Antarctica — but it is a movie that could be made with relative ease in other respects...

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-- Steven Zeitchik

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