After 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army, director Guillermo Del Toro‘s next project was set to be the ambitious cinematic adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, a 1936 novella about human scientists discovering evidence of ancient alien civilizations visiting Earth.  Unfortunately, Universal cancelled the project, citing budgetary problems, and Del Toro moved on to the monster movie Pacific Rim, in which giant robots battle giant monsters in the future (yes, really).  Recently, though, Del Toro made comments indicating that Prometheus’ nearly identical plot put the kibosh on Mountains.

Del Toro recent took to the message board of Del Toro Films to let fans know they can pretty much forget about an At the Mountains of Madness adaptation, thanks to Ridley Scott‘s upcoming Alien prequel, Prometheus, in which a group of astronauts in the future encounter an ancient alien civilization with links to humanity’s origins (and our downfall, if the trailers are to be believed):

I have been interviewed about this lately and wanted to post my two cents about this:

Prometheus started filming a while ago – right at the time we were in preproduction on PACIFIC RIM. The title itself gave me pause – knowing that ALIEN was heavily influenced by Lovecraft and his novella.

This time, decades later with the budget and place Ridley Scott occupied, I assumed the greek metaphor alluded at the creation aspects of the HPL book. I believe I am right and if so, as a fan, I am delighted to see a new RS science fiction film, but this will probably mark a long pause – if not the demise – of ATMOM.

The sad part is – I have been pursuing ATMOM for over a decade now – and, well, after Hellboy II two projects I dearly loved were not brought to fruition for me.

Del Toro at least sounds as if he’s made some kind of peace with his dream project being bumped from Universal’s slate so that Ridley Scott could film Prometheus; however, it’s still an unfortunate turn of events, as the director’s style—a marriage of weird fiction and fantasy genres—would have been perfect for At the Mountains of Madness.

Del Toro went on to state that he is “loving” and “grateful” for his blessings, among which he counts the opportunity to make Pacific Rim.  As for the similarities between Prometheus and At the Mountains of Madness, he simply said, “Same premise.  Scenes that would be almost identical… Both movies seem to share identical set pieces and the exact same BIG REVELATION (twist) at the end. I won’t spoil it.”

What do you think of the Prometheus news?

Source: Coming Soon