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Guillermo Del Toro Talks Pacific Rim ‘Toon And At The Mountains Of Madness

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DelToroGuillermo del Toro got to share some exciting news last month with the announcement that Pacific Rim 2 was officially happening, and even had a release date set for April 7, 2017. This Sunday he begins haunting the small screen with his new vampire horror series The Strain on FX. Anybody who follows del Toro’s work knows that the dude has at least two dozen different irons in the fire at any given time, but a new interview with the Wall Street Journal provides a few more details about the Pacific Rim animated series and one of del Toro’s longest-gestating projects, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness.

The initial announcement about Pacific Rim 2 included only a brief mention of the Pacific Rim animated series, but thankfully the Wall Street Journal folks pried a few more details out of him. The ‘toon will follow the adventures of Jaeger pilots and cadets battling the kaiju in the years before the events of Pacific Rim. The animated series will also delve into the backstory of characters we will eventually meet in Pacific Rim 2.

Here’s what del Toro told Collider:

We are right now in the middle of talking and negotiating with a few Japanese companies for the animation. We are talking to a couple of showrunners that have a strong animation background, [we’re] casting the writers room. What’s great is it’s a great set-up and a link between the first movie and the second movie. It really enhances the mythology of the characters; we have cameos of characters from the first movie, but mostly it’s a new set of characters. New jaegers, except for one or two, [and] new kaijus. It’s really fun…

We’re going for a long arc, so the idea is to show a group of characters — we have pilots, functional jaegers, but we have all these younger characters. I really want to explore things that are complimentary to the things that I want to explore in the second movie: drift, what drifting does to you, what is needed to drift, a lot of stuff that I think is important, but also the jaeger technology, the kaijus being evolved, ideas about the precursors—the guys that control the kaijus. We have a lot of leeway in 13 episodes and I wanna make it sort of in the same spirit of Pacific Rim, which is the ideal audience for Pacific Rim was young — very young, 11-year-olds and so forth — but with really beautiful design and stories that make these characters interesting in a way that I found them interesting in, for example, Year Zero, the graphic novel that we did. And I think that’s the basic thrust of the thing.

Pacific Rim stories will also continue in comic form, following up on the Tales from Year Zero comic.

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Minimalist Book Covers For 2001, Dune, Neuromancer, And More

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2001The whole “minimalist art” thing has been applied to pop culture and science fiction quite a bit in recent years. There’s just something appealing about trying to break down an object or idea into its most basic components, to try and evoke its essence with as few elements as possible. We’ve seen the concept applied to iconic sci-fi weapons, famous scientists, and even the Doctor’s sonic screwdrivers. The latest spin on the idea: minimalist book cover designs for some of the genre’s most noteworthy tomes.

The minimalist designs are courtesy of graphic designer Nicolas Beaujouan, and are part of his so-called “Ultimate Geek Selection.” Up above we’ve got the ominous electronic eye of HAL 9000 from Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey — a pretty obvious choice, but a good one nonetheless. Some of Beaujouan’s other choices are similarly easy to grasp, such as H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness or Max Brooks’ World War Z.

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Guillermo Del Toro Will Make One More Attempt To Summit At The Mountains Of Madness

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With the success of films like Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth behind him, and the massive, robots-versus-monsters spectacle of Pacific Rim looming on the horizon, you’d think that Guillermo del Toro would be able to do whatever the hell he wants. That’s not the case, however. One of his big passion projects is an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s horror classic, At the Mountains of Madness, a film he’s never been able to get off the ground, despite the fact that Tom Cruise has been linked to the film.

Universal killed the project in 2011 because of the budget concerns, and because del Toro was adamant about an R rating. Last summer, when Prometheus hit theaters, del Toro said that Ridley Scott’s film would render Madness a moot point by treading similar thematic ground. But then he saw Prometheus, decided not so much, and is going to take one more swing at the Lovecraft story. As he told The Playlist, “There are things in common, but, you know, screw it. Lovecraft was there first.”

He continued:

I’m going to try it one more time. Once more into the dark abyss. We’re gonna do a big presentation of the project again at the start of the year and see if any [studio’s] interested.

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Guillermo Del Toro Wants To See Prometheus Before He Resurrects At The Mountains Of Madness

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It was a thoroughly depressing development for both director Guillermo del Toro and his fans when his long-gestating film version of At the Mountains of Madness lost traction and slipped into development hell last year. For del Toro, the adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s creepy story was a life-long passion project, and for a while it seemed like the Universal production was finally on its way to the big screen, with Tom Cruise rumored to star. Then it all went bad, with the project declared dead the very next day after rumors of a greenlight spread across the net like wildfire. The silver lining is that Del Toro went on to make Pacific Rim, a giant-robots-punching-giant-monsters flick that built some huge buzz at Comic-Con last week. But still, we would have loved to see del Toro’s At the Mountains of Madness. And believe it or not, we still might, but any Mountains resurrection is contingent on one thing: Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

Speaking to Empire Online, del Toro confessed that he’s still passionate about the project, but he’s afraid that similarities between At the Mountains of Madness and Prometheus could further hinder any resurrection for the Lovecraft adaptation. He wants to see Prometheus for himself before he decides…he just has to work up the courage first.