The Tom Cruise Lovecraftian Horror Movie We Never Got To See – Looper

Sadly,Universal Studios brass nixed the planned adaptation of "At the Mountains of Madness" not even a day after producer Don Murphy told io9 that it was set to begin filming in June 2011, that Tom Cruise would star, and that the script closely followed the source material. Deadlinedetailed on March 7, 2011 Universal had "been balking over the $150 million budget and R rating on 'At the Mountain[s] of Madness'" for a long time and finally pulled the plug. WithLegendary Pictures at the time moving swiftly on Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim," it was evident that the "At the Mountains of Madness" movie wouldn't come to pass.

Shortly following that report, del Toro sat down for a revelatory interview with Deadline, explaining thatin spite of Tom Cruise's star power (and his genuine desire to lead the movie) and the backing of James Cameron, Universal ultimately shut down "Mountains" due to its pitch-black narrative, inherent lack of a romantic subplot, need for a hard R-rating, and reported $150 million price tag.

For Cruise, "At the Mountains of Madness" falling through was just one of many projects throughout his career that didn't quite get off the ground. For del Toro, it was the tragic end of decades' worth of planning. And unfortunately, the film's cancellation came just months after he'd exited his long-delayedadaptation of "The Hobbit," hoping to rebound with a faithful adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's harrowing tale of arctic terror. To make matters worse,IndieWirereportedin 2012 that del Toro believed Ridley Scott's divisive "Alien" prequel "Prometheus" had essentially killed his "At the Mountains of Madness" adaptation for good, as there were striking similarities between the projects.

All may not be lost, however. Even if Cruise and del Toro don't get back together to adapt"At the Mountains of Madness," the director himself toldIndieWire in 2020 that he's still holding out hope to one day make the film on his terms. The only question now is who's got the money to back it?

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