It’s been such a crazy couple of months that you probably forgot about a really big project. It was at the start of November when Guillermo del Toro was rumored to helm an Avengers-esque superhero film called Heaven Sent, which would take the heroes of DC Comics’ Vertigo line — filled with comics and characters which are, typically, darker and more adult-oriented — and put them together to fight some greater force of evil. We heard a title and the lineup, but nothing from the potential director himself. When you don’t have that central component, it became much easier for this story to slip away.
Now it’s back, though, and for good reason: when speaking to IGN, del Toro let slip that he’s pegging down a “perfect” writer – someone who he thinks “people are going to be happy with” — for his film, which is now going under the moniker of Dark Universe. It seems too early to really discuss a story, but he did at least name a good part of the lineup which was rumored once before, naming Swamp Thing, Constantine, The Spectre, Zatanna, Deadman, and Etrigan the Demon as characters for which he holds an affinity. (For the geeky record, this only leaves out Sargon, Phantom Stranger, Zatara, and Hellblazer.) Despite some already-present ideas of del Toro‘s and legislative interest on the parts of Warner Bros. and DC, no greenlight is in place; I bet Pacific Rim‘s performance will have something to say about that. In which case, best of luck.
One project which we’ve heard, time and again, depends upon the performance of his other work: At the Mountains of Madness. The H.P. Lovecraft adaptation is still a dream project for del Toro, who confirmed to ThePlaylist an intention to “try it one more time.” As of now, the plan calls for a presentation which will, with any luck, get some big studio to pay attention and lend money; since Tom Cruise is planning to stick around, there’s actually a chance (albeit not the biggest) that it’ll happen.
Is Dark Universe the right material for del Toro to focus his attention on? Do you think At the Mountains of Madness can ever make it to the big screen?
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