By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Guillermo Del Toro says his adaptation of Lovecraft’s “At The Mountains of Madness” may be dead in the water and the culprit is Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.
In a recent online post, Del Toro said Ridley’s original Alien was already heavily influenced by Lovecraft (See our review of the movie for that) and Prometheus likely alludes “to the creation aspects of the HPL book.” The result, says Del Toro, would be two movies with the “same premise. Scenes that would be almost identical.”
Though some fans might say that Hollywood costantly launches vehicles with a similar premise, Del Toro clearly feels that going near Scott’s territory would probably mean playing second fiddle. And who wants that? Besides, with the funding issues he has faced, it is no wonder the man may want to call it quits on this movie (As he said, he got one dream project off the ground; the current film he is working on, titled ‘Pacific Rim’).
Prometheus opens in June. Though originally billed as unconnected to Alien, it’s become clear this is a prequel of the classic Scott film. Word is that the movie has received an R rating in the U.S., which could cause some trouble at the box office. On the other hand, The Avengers smashed records with $200 million on its opening weekend in the U.S., alone, so this might be a big blockbuster summer with plenty of films doing good business.