Guillermo del Toro still wants to adapt Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness ... but there's a catch

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Jul 8, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT

Guillermo del Toro is still keen to tackle H.P. Lovecraft’s classic horror story At the Mountains of Madness ... but as a PG-13 flick.

Universal Pictures was originally interested in the project, but it was abandoned due to the deadly combo of an escalating budget paired with an R rating.

Now del Toro --whose brand-new vampire series The Strain premieres this upcoming Sunday on FX -- says that the horror flick could be given new life at Legendary Pictures.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, this is what the Hellboy director said about the project:

“I said to them, 'That's the movie that I would really love to do one day, and it's still expensive.' I think that now, with the way I've seen PG-13 become more and more flexible, I think I could do it PG-13 now, so I'm going to explore it with [Legendary], to be as horrifying as I can, but to not be quite as graphic. There's basically one or two scenes in the book that people don't remember that are pretty graphic. Namely, for example, the human autopsy that the aliens do, which is a very shocking moment. But I think I can find ways of doing it. We'll see. It's certainly a possibility in the future. Legendary was very close to doing it at one point, so I know they love the screenplay. So, we'll see. Hopefully it'll happen. It's certainly one of the movies I would love to do.”

At the Mountains of Madness' plot centers around an 1930s Antarctic expedition that stumbles upon a seemingly abandoned man-made city. This being an H.P. Lovecraft story (he's the father of Cthulhu, after all), horror then ensues.

What do you guys think? Do you believe Guillermo del Toro can still do justice to H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness with a PG-13 flick instead of an R-rated one?

(The Wall Street Journal via Digital Spy)