The director of Pacific Rim, Hellboy, and the forthcoming , Guillermo Del Toro was rather famously slated to help in the direction and creation of the now defunct Silent Hill franchise title Silent Hills - before Konami Productions übermensch Hideo Kojima left the project, in the midst of professional disagreements with the video game developer. Before that, Del Toro had also been in talks to help produce Insane, another now cancelled horror-survival trilogy that was to be produced by THQ before the developer went broke.
Del Toro has never been shy about voicing his opinions in the past, which is certainly the case here, with the genre director having come forward with some rather definitive (and final statements) regarding his plans for any and all future video game projects.
In conversation with Shacknews (see the full conversation below) at San Diego Comic Con 2015, the director bemoaned his difficulties with both THQ and Konami, and stated that he does not currently wish to become involved in any video game project for the time being. In conversation, Del Toro said:
"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."
These are good-humored, but nonetheless strong words coming from a filmmaker who always seems to have at least five different projects in various stages of development. However, if Del Toro is to be believed, perhaps the video game industry is better off without him. Furthermore, the director said this regarding his working relationship with Kojima and any future involvement in the gaming industry:
"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. But I am not...if I join another video game, World War III will start. I can be creative about it, and I can be educated about it, and talk about it in a way that helps them make the video game. But no, I can’t."
You can watch the video interview with del Toro for yourself, below:
Del Toro may yet change his mind about his involvement in the creation of future gaming titles elsewhere, but he's certainly got enough on his plate to keep him busy for the foreseeable future. With Pacific Rim 2 gearing up to begin production in Fall 2015, the demo previously released for Silent Hills might just be Del Toro's video game swan song. That's a more than fitting ode to an odyssey that never was.
Crimson Peak is due to open in U.S. theaters on October 16th, 2015. Pacific Rim 2 follows suit on August 4th, 2017.