'Prometheus' and 'At the Mountains of Madness' Are Pretty Much the Same Movie, According to Guillermo Del Toro
Guillermo Del Toro was developing a movie based on H.P. Lovecraft's short story At the Mountains of Madness at Universal, but the studio was reluctant to give the greenlight to a $150 million R-rated horror movie. Del Toro has since moved on to do Pacific Rim, an alien invasion movie that's going to be pretty awesome from what I'm hearing. Think monsters and giant robots.
As for his his Lovecraft adaptation, it's probably never going to happen now that Ridley Scott has done Prometheus. Why? According to Del Toro, Prometheus and At the Mountains of Madness have the “[s]ame premise” and “identical” scenes. And if that's not enough, he says, “[b]oth movies seem to share identical set pieces and the exact same BIG REVELATION (twist) at the end.”
From what I know about Prometheus and Lovecraft's short story, they do share the same premise, even if they're presented differently. As for the big reveal at the end, I can see how they can be similar. For all we know, Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof may have used Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness as the template when they set out to write the movie.
Prometheus won't be released in theaters until June 8th, but if you want to know what the movie is about, just read up on the Lovecraft's short story and imagined the story taking place on an alien planet.
Whether he knows it or not, Del Toro just inadvertently spoiled Prometheus for some people, but then again, if someone wants to avoid spoilers, they ought to stay away from the internet.
Del Toro's Pacific Rim is currently in post and will be release in theaters on July 12, 2013.