I’ve always looked at director Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim with a jaundiced eye; to me, it was the project Del Toro turned to after Universal got cold feet and pulled the plug on At the Mountains of Madness, his big-budget adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s classic tale of atmospheric horror at the bottom of the world. If he was working on PR, then he wasn’t available for ATMOM if the project were suddenly funded.
Back in 2011, Universal was frightened by the $150 million Del Toro needed to do ATMOM properly. Of course, ATMOM was only possible because Del Toro’s two years of hard work prepping to direct The Hobbit went down the drain when New Line Cinema and MGM couldn’t settle on a start date and forced him off that project in May 2010. And did I mention that ATMOM was supposed to star none other than Tom Cruise?