Guillermo Del Toro On “Madness” & Beyond

Filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (“Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”) says that despite the project’s seeming collapse, he’s still intent on making his big-budget adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness” according to an interview he gave to The Los Angeles Times.

“I’m not giving up… ‘Mountains of Madness’ has been with me for 13, 14 years and I really don’t want to give up on it. Look, the movies I do, I stick with them when I think, well, if I don’t do it, nobody will. … ‘Hellboy,’ if I hadn’t done it, I don’t think anyone would have. ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ same thing. ‘Mountains of Madness,’ the way I plan to do it is a very peculiar take, and I think if I don’t stick with it the version I would like to see would never get made” says del Toro.

He confirms that the main hurdles are the budget and the rating – “The movie can perfectly someday be PG-13, but contractually I need to protect it. There’s nothing in the movie that is profanity or sexual situations or any of that. But what we learned with ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ is that sometimes intensity, the intensity of the situations, garners you the R.”

So how committed is he? Once he wraps his next project “Pacific Rim” he’s going right back into developing ‘Mountains’ – “I’m going to keep pursuing it. Universal is still really interested in doing it. Coming out of ‘Pacific Rim,’ I intend to see if we can do it immediately.”

Asked about the third “Hellboy” which Mike Mignola said Del Toro isn’t likely to come back to, the director told STYD that he would like to continue the franchise but his busy schedule simply won’t allow him to return for a LONG time.

The interviews come as Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed this week that “Pacific Rim” is scheduled to hit July 12th 2013. Shooting on ‘Rim’ kicks off in November.