Last week Guillermo Del Toro, fanboy favorite director of the Hellboy movies and Pan’s Labyrinth, recently let it slip that he was working a deal with to cut his teeth in the video game industry with “a big company.” Now it would seem, according to the LA Times, that big company could be THQ.
According to sources “familiar with the matter,” Danny Bilson, THQ’s executive vice president of core games, is the one overseeing the possible deal. While this is yet to be absolutely confirmed, with THQ giving a standard PR non-answer when pressed by Kotaku, Del Toro did state in his announcement last week that we would be hearing something definite very soon.
Assuming this is true, it could be yet another hugely positive step for THQ. The company has made great strides forward in re-branding themselves as a publisher that makes quality games. With successful properties like Saints Row, Red Faction and the hugely popular UFC titles, a partnership with Del Toro could add another solid franchise or two to the growing stable of hits…as long as it’s not like Hellboy: The Science of Evil because…well…we won’t even talk about that one.
As for Del Toro, he joins a growing list of Hollywood A-List directors like Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg who also recognize the growing power of our beloved medium. In his statement last week, Del Toro said that he wants to focus on “games that are going to be technically and narratively very interesting.” This certainly makes sense since the man is known for innovating in both the narrative and technical aspects of filmmaking. It will be great to see that same passion applied to another form of storytelling.
It will certainly be interesting to see how his imagination plays out in the video game landscape. I’ve not been the greatest fan of the overall aesthetics of Del Toro’s works simply because, even though they are certainly original and unique, they often look very artificial. Costumes often look too costume-y and don’t always mesh well with the environment they exist in. I think getting to create completely from scratch in a virtual space could give any games created by Del Toro the solid visual cohesion that I feel his films are sometimes lacking.
Either way, the man is making you some games, so are you excited? Do you want to see him do something completely new for THQ, or do you have any licenses you’d like to see him take a crack at? Let’s hope for some more details soon.