I often feel like there are three directors out there constantly vying for the title of busiest director in the business: Guillermo del Toro, Ridley Scott and Steven Speilberg. I wouldn't even call these guys the most prolific of directors - it's just that they always seem to have four or five potential next movies that fans are dying to see.
For Guillermo del Toro there's already a new one coming out this year - the gothic haunted house movie [Crimson Peak](movie:774042). For this one he's kept things on a much smaller scale and taking a break from the big spectacle of Pacific Rim while returning to the creepy vibe of Pan's Labyrinth.
What's next for Del Toro is likely to be [Pacific Rim 2](movie:775756). The movie was even given a release date of April 7, 2017 and there has been talk of a cartoon going in production to bridge the gap. More information than that has been scarce but bits and pieces have been reported.
Not too long ago there was even a cool official teaser poster put out on Facebook:
But fans of Guillermo del Toro know that there's a BIG passion project that the man has been carrying with him since those early Hellboy days: an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness". And as he's been giving little details of where Pacific Rim 2 might be headed, he's also dropped hints that At the Mountains of Madness might finally be kicking into production.
If you don't know, Mountains of Madness is one of the definitive Lovecraft stories and is a nightmare inducing tale of Antarctic explorers discovering a hidden world of all sorts of horrific creatures. Obviously it's just the sort of movie that a monster loving guy like Del Toro could beautifully bring to life.
With Legendary and Universal Pictures being able to team up and foot the bill for the epic Lovecraft story it seems the budget concerns might be resolved. But when can we expect to see Cthulhu finally grace the screen of a Guillermo del Toro movie?
The best chance, if Pacific Rim 2 stays on schedule, would be around 2019. There is one thing that Mountains of Madness has going for it though. While del Toro says that something like Pacific Rim 2 takes at least half a year to prep, he's had his vision of Mountains of Madness on paper and in designs for years and it's probably well prepped already.
The chances are pretty small that he could fit At the Mountains of Madness in before Pacific Rim 2 but a Lovecraft loving boy can dream, can't he? In the meantime, "Elbow rocket, engage!"