July 31, 2010 His departure from "The Hobbit" is already yielding results. Guillermo del Toro has returned to the genre we love. He is not going to sell out and abandon us.
His next film will be the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation "At the Mountains of Madness!"
And that's not even the best news. The film will be in 3D and will be produced by none other than James Cameron. So says Deadline Hollywood.
The film has been in development as early as 2004 but got sidelined when del Toro agreed to take on "The Hobbit." As we all know, he quit that project earlier this year.
Meanwhile, del Toro has also been tapped by Disney to create an adaptation of the Disneyland ride "The Haunted Mansion" for the big screen, apparently with an eye to recreate the succes of "Pirates of the Carribean." del Toro spoke to MTV about that project:
"The storyline for 'The Haunted Mansion' and the ride is quite open," he explained. "We are taking sort of the core mythology that you can tap into and saying that there are many mansions around the world and they're all part of a sort of web. The spider sitting at the center of the web is what the fans of 'The Haunted Mansion' would know by the nickname the Hatbox Ghost, which is a beautiful creature that was created but there's a legend that it was discarded on the first day of the ride's operation because it was too scary. I like that legend, but the reality is that the imagineers could not make the illusion work, so they took it out. It's more or less where the bride is in the attic on the way out of the mansion, but it's such a great character that there is literally a cult for the Hatbox Ghost amongst hardcore 'Haunted Mansion' fanatics, and I'm one of them."
What's nice about all this is that Guillermo is one of the few, consistently great horror filmmakers. His departure from the genre for "The Hobbit" sounded like it was going to spell a departure from the genre permanent -- if not for at least half a decade.