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Guillermo del Toro will direct At The Mountains Of Madness; James Cameron on board as producer

It’s been two months since Guillermo del Toro departed “The Hobbit” and we now know what film he will direct next: a 3D adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains of Madness for Universal Pictures. Even better news, James Cameron will come aboard the project to produce. Details via Deadline New York:

The film will be a big ticket item, shot in 3D, where Cameron’s expertise can really help. Cameron has said he won’t put his name on many future movies outside of the 3D reboot of Fantastic Voyage at Fox, but I’ve heard he’s making an exception for del Toro. Cameron’s presence helped win over the studio. I’m told the film will begin pre-production in the next few weeks, and shoot next summer.

In the Lovecraft tale, a gruesome discovery made during a scientific expedition to the South Pole in the 1930s  hints at the true origin of mankind having come from elder gods from another planet. Bad things happen when those life forms are awakened.

This is the second directorial project announced for del Toro since departing “The Hobbit”. The director made a surprise appearance during Comic-Con last week to announce that he would co-write and produce a new adaptation of the Disney theme parks attraction “The Haunted Mansion”. That film will also be released in 3D but it hasn’t been announced whether del Toro will also direct it.

Pre-production on At The Mountains of Madness will begin in the next few weeks with shooting set to begin next summer.