Guillermo del Toro is diving right into his next project after leaving the director's chair of the upcoming now-to-be-directed-by Peter Jackson Hobbit films. According to this article in today's L.A. Times his next project will be bringing H.P. Lovecraft's chilling tale At the Mountains of Madness to the big screen. It is scheduled to begin shooting next summer.
Although the project is being produced by James Cameron I have enough faith in del Toro's vision and artistic integrity that he'll be able to keep this from becoming another mediocre movie that's pretty to look at but severely lacking in plot and characterization. As it was written much of Lovecraft's work is almost unfilmable and if I had to pick a director working today that might be able to pull off one of his stories I would pick del Toro pretty much every time.
From my prior experience with cinematic adaptions Lovecraft's work there are three things that are required to bring the master's stories to life on the silver screen...
1 - A twisted and visceral imagination.
2 - The ability to have enough respect for the material to be able to fill in the blanks intentionally left in the story without straying so far that the story is lost completely.
3 - Balls... huge brass balls... Lovecraft didn't pull any punches, neither can anyone that attempts to adapt his work.
If you don't think that Guillermo del Toro has all 3 of those in spades, I submit the following as evidence...
Blade II - The best of the Blade films. Often truly scary and planted many of the seeds for what he would do in the Hellboy films.
The Devil's Backbone - Creepy dead ghost child plus a deeply troubled live child in a intricately woven plot... need I say more.
Pan's Labyrinth - Scary, gut wrenching, fascinating and absolutely visionary... Impossible to take your eyes off of.
Hellboy & Hellboy II - Simply two of the best comic book movies ever made. Hellboy and the rest of the B.P.R.D. come to life with out looking like a cartoon or falling into Sin City territory.
Yeah... okay, I'm a little giddy over this one.