There are some films that wear a PG-13 rating well - The Hunger Games or Amazing Spiderman franchises in some ways benefit from their violence being slightly less bloody. On the flip side, there are some films where staying shy of an R rating can potentially alienate the core fanbase that loved the film in the first place - step forward Expendables 3.
Then, there are films which, by being rated PG-13, could cause the very fabric of existence to collapse in on itself.
At The Mountains of Madness is one of those films.
Adapted from H.P. Lovecraft's beloved, and deeply disturbing, novella, the film is a long term project of Guillermo Del Toro, horror maven and general geek icon. Over the years, it's struggled to find solid support from a studio - which seeing as it's a deeply weird - and likely huge budget-requiring - story, isn't hugely surprising. It could, recent comments from Del Toro suggest, soon be on its way, though, with Legendary Pictures.
"I said to them, that’s the movie that I would really love to do one day, and it’s still expensive, it’s still … I think that now, with the way I’ve seen PG-13 become more and more flexible, I think I could do it PG-13 now, so I’m going to explore it with [Legendary], to be as horrifying as I can, but to not be quite as graphic. There’s basically one or two scenes in the book that people don’t remember that are pretty graphic. Namely, for example, the human autopsy that the aliens do, which is a very shocking moment. But I think I can find ways of doing it."
"We’ll see. It’s certainly a possibility in the future. Legendary was very close to doing it at one point, so I know they love the screenplay. So, we’ll see. Hopefully it’ll happen. It’s certainly one of the movies I would love to do."
Which would be...incredibly weird. If anyone can make a human autopsy PG-13 friendly, it'd be Del Toro, but a lower rating could make for a seriously different movie to the one we've all be expecting...
PG-13 or not, [At the Mountains of Madness](movie:41557) is hopefully on its way - though without any set date for release.