Poor Guillermo del Toro has had a rough time trying to break into video games. The Hollywood director made his latest attempt with Konami’s Silent Hills, but the project seems to be going up in flames with the potential departure of his compatriot Director Hideo Kojima.
The director of Hellboy and Pacific Rim took questions after a speech at the San Francisco International Film Festival this past weekend, and when fielded a question about Silent Hills, he had this damning statement to say.
“It’s not gonna happen and that breaks my greasy heart.”
The statements comes alongside news that the demo for Silent Hills, the widely praised P.T., is going to be pulled from the PlayStation Network this Wednesday. It also runs in stride with the overall larger story of Konami and Metal Gear Solid Director Hideo Kojima’s speculated rift.
Konami officially announced that the game was cancelled with Kotaku. Here’s their exact wording.
Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles, however the embryonic ‘Silent Hills’ project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman Reedus will not be continued.
In terms of Kojima and Del Toro being involved, discussions on future Silent Hill projects are currently underway, and please stay tuned for further announcements.
This marks the third time that a major del Toro video game has bitten the dust due to circumstances beyond his control. He has already suffered through the cancellation of his game inSANE, which went under following the bankruptcy of THQ, and another project with Terminal Reality called Sundown was also quietly announced and erased from existence.
The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus, who was highlighted as the game’s protagonist, also chimed in his potential disappointment.
Super bummed about this was really looking forward to it. Hopefully it'll come back around. Sorry everyone
del Toro has admitted to being an avid gamer and wants to make a splash in the industry, making a “Citizen Kane of video games.” If you want my advice, stick to films, Guillermo. This industry has become too fragile and afraid of its own shadow to take the risks you’ll need to do that.