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Guillermo Del Toro Talks "At the Mountains of Madness" Adaptation

Posted: November 12th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Guillermo Del Toro Talks "At the Mountains of Madness" AdaptationSubmit Comment
At the party for the "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" Blu-ray, Sci-Fi Wire had a chance to ask director Guillermo Del Toro about the adaptation of HP Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness." Here is what he had to say:

"Part of the arrangement with Universal -- in being essentially there for now until 2017 -- part of the arrangement was they would finance research and development for 'Mountains of Madness.' And we are doing it. There are many technical tools in creating the monsters that don't exist, and we need to develop them. The creatures, Lovecraft's creatures, the tools that exist for CG and the materials that exist for makeup effects, you need to push them to get there and we're going to push them."

What is the effect that Del Toro wants to get? "Well, the fact that the shape-shifting implicit in the novel and implicit in the creatures, ... if you think in technical terms, digitally, that means normally you generate, for example, one model per creature. If you talk about shape-shifting to the degree that these creatures do, then you're talking about, essentially -- if you're using traditional tools -- you're going to need to generate 30, 40 models fully rendered per creature. That's A, limiting and B, incredibly expensive. So what we are trying to do is we're developing sort of a Swiss Army Knife approach to modeling. The details are going to be evolving, but it's almost like a Chinese box approach to the models, where we can encase one model on another one and make them modular. And the tools that we need for that to be fluid don't exist. We're going to need to write digital code we need to develop, the way Peter [Jackson] had to develop software for 'Lord of the Rings.'"

He continued: "It took so many movies to develop intelligent fire software to the point where Peter could render the Balrog or to develop Massive software to do the crowds in 'Lord of the Rings.' By the same token, we're going to need to develop a new tool that will be. We are thinking of calling it The Howard. For Lovecraft."

Source: Sci-Fi Wire


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Johnny Neat writes:
on November 12th, 2008 at 2:27:59 PM

Interesting and weird.
RonnieJamesDio writes:
on November 12th, 2008 at 3:17:27 PM

this guy has got so many projects, it must be overwhelming

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