Del Toro in New Yorker

The Feb-7 New Yorker has a profile on Guillermo del Toro (director of monster-heavy movies like Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, worked on the Hobbit for 2 years of pre-production). The latter part of the profile digs extensively into the pre-production monster work for H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, "the movie that he most longs to make" (sketchbooks starting at least 1993, script written by 1998). Has James Cameron producing and some of the same staff/studio/technology from Avatar working on it.

Sounds interesting if (and that's a big IF) it gets made; recommended reading. Thumbs up for clearing the "did somebody give a shit?" bar (quote: "You try not to fall in love... But I'm hopelessly in love with the creatures."). Also check out the sidebar video link that looks at his sketchbooks and design process from paper to films.


A small adolescent part of me is actually hurt that Erol Otus isn't involved in creature design here. Another part of me is very happy that reading something like this conjures Otus' hallucinatory illustrations of Old Ones and Shoggoths to mind...

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