According to the Blastr news service, Tom Cruise is interested in taking the lead role in Guillermo del Toro's upcoming film version of At the Mountains of Madness. I can understand Cruise's attraction the role, since Lovecraft's extraterrestrials worshiped as humanity's oldest gods bears a striking resemblance to the doctrines L. Ron Hubbard created for Scientology two decades after Lovecraft's death, though with much greater subtlety and plausibility on Lovecraft's part. Nevertheless, my first reaction is: dear Lord, no. I find myself unable to imagine Tom Cruise stumbling about the ruins of the Old Ones' frozen city and reacting with appropriately Lovecraftian horror. Cruise is apparently Del Toro's first choice for the film, and if it comes to pass, the movie will need to be spectacular to overcome my skepticism.
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