Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS is still a no-go project sadly. Despite it being the first on his list to do after HELLBOY 2 as stated back in 2007.
Madness is a short novel about an Antarctic expedition made by scholars from Miskatonic University who discover strange, ancient life forms that are unknown to their science. Highly evolved creatures that seem to pre-date humanity. The script is already written, and in a recent interview with Aintitcool Del Toro Said:
“is exactly the movie I would like to do; it would push buttons, and it’s extreme in many areas. It’s a hard R-rated, big production tentpole in the genre of horror. What I love about tentpole horror.”
Despite the fan interest in the film and Del Toro’s clear proven talent for such tentpole flicks, the movie is not in production. However, the script is available to read via Raindance: Download the PDF here. Or read Del Toro’s other film scripts HERE.
Funnily enough, while lazily going through all of my RSS feeds and catching up on neglected blog articles, I found out that I’m already subscribed to one blog that is linked with THE COLLECTOR: “THE INSIDE PITCH – A Hollywood executive discusses screenwriting.” – Written by Christopher Lockhart. It seems that Christopher, besides writing an excellent blog on the Screenwriting industry, from the inside, also produced THE COLLECTOR, which was originally known as the MIDNIGHT MAN. Read how the project came together here:
“For handyman and ex-con, Arkin, a quiet home and a family on vacation is an “opportunity”. For inside the house lies a jeweler’s safe, and inside the safe is a rare gem – his only hope for repaying his ex-wife’s debt and keeping what’s left of his family intact. Unfortunately for Arkin, inside the house is also a box containing the latest specimen in a collection catalogued in blood, bone and tears – a human specimen packaged as “bait”. While the trap may have already sprung shut on parents Michael and Victoria – cutting short their vacation before it could even begin – the jaws have yet to close on teenage daughter Jill and eight-year old Hannah. As the seconds tick down to midnight, Arkin becomes a reluctant hero trapped by a masked “Collector” in a maze of lethal invention – the Spanish Inquisition as imagined by Rube Goldberg – while trying to rescue the very family he came to rob.”
But, more importantly – SAW creator Darren Lynn Bousman – continues his excellent Blog posts on ‘breaking in’ to the business here:
Hi folks! I’m back! I survived Script Frenzy! It’s been a crazy month, but I am very much still around.
Yes, I’ve been bad and haven’t updated much lately. However there is a good reason for it, besides dealing with the death of a friend and trying to get through Script Frenzy.
I have been in the process of swapping hosting companies and converting from a vanilla version of WordPress to a brand new version that enables me to actually add video and imagery much more easily than before. So expect me to keep changing the look-and-feel for a while yet, so that I can play and happily settle on a newer and more visually interesting theme. So please be patient, but it’s all in aid of making this webspace a much more valuable place to spend some quality time. ;0)
I guess what you really want to hear about is my first experience of Script Frenzy though, right?
It didn’t started off well, as you already know:
First I was so busy at work, that I didn’t start until I was 2 days behind.
Then I dove straight into it and loved every minute of writing what soon turned out to be a huge waste of time – as without a firm plot I was just writing scenes that did nothing to push my narrative forward. So I had to bin around 45 pages of very enjoyable but totally useless material.
This was rectified when I actually spent a very tough weekend conjuring up a plot; in between smashing my head repeatedly into a desk to force it to bend to my will.
Then I had a period where I had to overcome supreme tiredness each weekend, to get my head in gear to write, but also had to find time for work, during those same periods; due to tough deadlines. Times when anything but writing seemed like a hugely entertaining pursuit; such as mowing the lawn and doing some manly DIY; sorting through my accounts and papers, in order to file 2 years worth of documents etc – tasks one would normally avoid like the plague.
It didn’t make it any easier to read about people who obviously had no really commitments or jobs who had already completed their 100 pages in 10 days! B*st@rd$! Although secretly I hoped that these were terrible scripts and not of the calibre that I was attempting. ;0)
When I got to page 60, I realised that the film wasn’t balanced in the way it should be and it was tempting to give up and just tackle it at the normal pace that a piece of quality work should be created. However, the real challenge is to ignore that critical voice and plough on regardless, if you want to get into the true spirit of Script Frenzy. And that is just what I did; despite misgivings that it would all be fruitless when I came to rewrite it. Vodka helped.
Then I found out that an old friend had died. Death always throws the petty daily concerns of our everyday lives into sharp focus and this time was no exception. It was hard to keep up with this when you’re really not in the mood. But at least you have that chance, right? So why abuse it. He never got the same chance.
Work got crazier, and I descended into some weird key tapping frenzy as a result; getting up even earlier and working even later in a bid to keep up with it.
But the important thing is that on the 28th day, after a month of bashing away at the keys of my trusty Hacbook in my morning and afternoon commute, and working only entirely within Scrivener, I typed the words “FADE OUT:”, and I uploaded 101 pages of my comedy horror script for verification and that glorious winner badge appeared. It was an emotional moment, only I was so damn weary that I was unable to muster the energy to share it with anyone, save for a measly tweet. I poured myself a drink and quietly mulled over the time when I will dust off that 1st shonky draft and go through the pain of reading it; with an aim to rewriting it.
However, having said that – it won’t be any time soon, as my next mission is to get back on the film production train. Yes people, Eibon Films will have some exciting news for you soon – well exciting to me anyway – so please visit us again soon!
It’s day 11 and I am 1.5 pages behind schedule for Script Frenzy at 33.5 pages – but with things the way they are at the moment it is no surprise.
It’s weird because I’ve been through so much in such a short space of time. I actually went from 6 pages to 27 in a matter of 4 days; simply rising above the normal mortal deadline. And then I stalled; firstly, when I realised that I had major plot issues – as in not having a whole plot worked out on paper – and secondly when I got bogged down in a difficult scene and then received a weird hand injury.