There have been plenty of prominent figures from the movie industry who have decided to turn their talents toward video games. Steven Spielberg had a hand in EA’s Boom Blox, The Wachowski Siblings took a hands-on approach to Enter the Matrix and its sequel, Path of Neo, and Peter Jackson reportedly collaborated with Michael Ancel on King Kong.
However, there are few directors whose sensibilities fit the video game mould better than Guillermo Del Toro. From Hellboy to Pacific Rim, del Toro has demonstrated time and time again that he’s capable of building a universe and populating it with a host of colorful characters and creatures.
Now, Del Toro has announced in an interview with Shack News that he is done with the industry for good, suggesting he is something of an ‘albatross’ following the failure of several projects he was involved with. The director’s comments were as follows:
“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.”
The two projects Del Toro is referring to specifically are the ill-fated InSane, which was in development at Volition, and the well-known story of Silent Hills. It’s difficult to pin much of the blame for the latter game’s fate on the director, as problems between Hideo Kojima and Konami seem to have prompted its demise.
Earlier this year, Del Toro stated in an interview that he still had plans to work with Kojima. However, given his more recent comments, that seems to have changed — unless he intends to bring the Metal Gear creator into his wheelhouse to collaborate on a movie.
While that would certainly be an exciting prospect, it doesn’t do much for survival horror fans who were expecting Silent Hills to reinvigorate the genre. With the memorable P.T. demo having just celebrated its one-year anniversary, it’s difficult not to think about what could have been.
Nevertheless, Del Toro has plenty of work on his plate in the film industry alone. As well as several production and writing credits, his Lovecraftian horror Crimson Peak is set to release later this year. While it won’t make up for Silent Hills, seeing the director make his return to the world of horror is a minor consolation prize, at least.