Following Silent Hills' Cancellation, Guillermo del Toro Will "Never Again Get Involved in Video Games"
As a beloved and imaginative filmmaker, director Guillermo del Toro has given the world unusual and beautiful creations such as Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth, but unfortunately del Toro’s luck in the world of video games hasn’t been nearly as good with the cancellation of his projects inSANE in 2012 and the highly-anticipated Silent Hills (in collaboration with Hideo Kojima) earlier this year, leading del Toro to reconsider working on future video game projects.
Speaking with Shacknews in an interview, director Guillermo del Toro spoke regarding his future with video game-based projects, with the unfortunate result being that del Toro seems unlikely to approach video games in a direct capacity any time soon, as del Toro explained:
“I have proven to be the albatross of video games. I joined THQ, and THQ goes broke. I join Kojima, and Kojima leaves Konami. I have decided, in order not to destroy anyone else’s life, I have decided I will never again get involved in video games. Otherwise, I’ll join someone and his house will explode, or something.”
Though del Toro’s experiences with getting a video game project off the ground have met unfortunate ends previously, he did still note that the experiences have been valuable and worthwhile, especially in regard to working alongside Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima on Silent Hills, detailing:
“I was in an apprenticeship. I learned a lot from Kojima-san, of course, and I learned a lot from my experience at THQ. I did. It changed the way I see narrative. We put two years of work in THQ. It was insane. We mapped it out, we did the viable, we did the outlines, we did the screenplay. We did a bunch of stuff. I know some of the tricks, or the stuff that I wanted to learn, I learned. Then I went to the side of Kojima-san, because he’s a master, and I can gladly say that we are friends and I love his work and I will continue learning from him as a friend.”
Despite del Toro’s penchant for creating elaborate worlds (and especially great monster designs), he stated that “if I join another video game, World War III will start,” though he didn’t completely write off game development as he would be upon to consultation on games based on his works, though not wanting a direct role in a game’s creation.
del Toro’s first video game project, titled inSANE, was originally in development with THQ before being cancelled in 2012, while his collaboration with Hideo Kojima on Silent Hills ended with the game’s cancellation in April 2015, following the notable fallout between Kojima and Konami throughout this year.