Horror author H.P. Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness has received the screenplay treatment by Guillermo del Toro; James Cameron is attached to produce the film adaptation.

The setting is set as a period piece in the 1930s; the premise dealing with scientists traveling to Antarctica and resurrecting primeval monsters. Then horror and destruction soon occurs.

“It’s going to be an epically scaled horror film, and we haven’t seen anything like that in a really long time — I guess since Aliens.” He went on to say that “The thing about Lovecraft is he left a lot to the imagination. He never told you what they looked like. He managed to create a sense of creeping horror without specifics.”

-James Cameron [Wired]

It’s an exciting collaboration. Guillermo del Toro directed Pan’s Labyrinth which shows a vision that could fit with a Lovecraft story. James Cameron, of course, is an excellent filmmaker whose Aliens and The Abyss have a sense of horror and wonder that would also fit the mood of Lovecraft.

Though, I do have to say that I disagree with Cameron’s comment about Lovecraft leaving a lot to the imagination — Lovecraft was obsessive with detail.

I’m entirely looking forward to the film adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness. And I’m hoping that it will be in black and white. It’d add a surreality to the movie. It would definitely fit in a Lovecraft adaptation.

[Blastr]