Well my readers, it's my 50th post. At over 3,000 views and three subscribers after five months, The Illusive One’s Reviews it's doing better then I honestly ever expected, although I hope to greatly expand on my views and subscribers in the near future. I held off on doing my 50th post, thinking to do something special with it, but opted to go with a look at my biggest disappointment of the month.
As you may remember, last month I did reviews on the H.P. Lovecraft stories At the Mountains of Madness and The Call of Cthulhu and I mentioned that a film was in the works for the former. Well, I found out earlier this week that the plug has been pulled on it. That's right. The film adaptation for At the Mountains of Madness is no more. “By why?” I asked and I did a little digging and found out why.
As it turned out, Guillermo del Toro had been working on a film adaptation of Mountains since 2004, but had a hard time getting any studio to finance to film. Why is this exactly? Well, anyone who has read At the Mountains of Madness and watches films today should be able to tell you. For starters, it would have been a period piece, set in the late 20s, early 30s and period pieces are hard to get produced. And then there are the big issues. Hollywood studio heads are, in essence, business men, only interested in making money and are not the artist film makers are. As a result, most films these days have to have some kind of love story involved and a happy ending. At the Mountains of Madness has neither so you can understand why it was so difficult for del Toro to get the project off the ground.
In 2010, however, fresh off his success with Avatar, James Cameron approached del Toro to produce the film. The two were then able to get funding for pre-production, creature designs and such and for a while it seemed like the film would eventually see the light of day. Unfortunately, with all the factors mentioned above in play and del Toro wanting to go for an 'R' rating, the plug was finally pulled on it for good. I personally find the whole thing very disappointing and hate the studio heads for getting my hopes up for nothing.
Something very similar happened a few years ago with a planned film adaptation of Halo. Originally, Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings films was signed on as producer and Niell Blomkamp, (before directing District 9), as director but, like Mountains, had the plug pulled on them after a few pre-production stages. This is only the latest of disappointments like this, and it shows just how little control film makers have over their films before actual filming. But unfortunately, there is nothing the fans or the film makers can do about it.
Until next time, this is the Illusive One saying...awe screw it. I'm too upset to think up anything cleaver.