Guillermo del Toro, one of Hollywood’s brightest film directors, has expressed great interest in breaking into the video game realm, and he has even tried on several occassions. However, now that all three attempts have gone up in flames, he claims he is done forever.
In an interview with Shack News, del Toro recalls his string of misfortunes, claiming that this career path might just not be meant to be.
“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.”
Of course, the most high profile of the three cancellations was Silent Hills, in which del Toro was working with famed developer Hideo Kojima and Konami to help breath new life into the series. Kojima and Konami’s soap opera from this year quickly shut that project down.
I suppose the reunion del Toro spoke of with Kojima is not going to happen after all.
The THQ project he mentioned was for a survival horror game called Insane, which went down after THQ filed for bankruptcy. A third and little known other game called Sundown was a project with Ubisoft and Terminal Reality, which got nowhere fast.
I’ve said so before, and I’ll say it again that del Toro is simply too talented for video games, as they are now at least. His attempts to carry over the personal storytelling and intimate creativity that dazzle us in his films have been hacked to pieces by the safe “design by committee” AAA scene and other executive decisions beyond his control.
Games have become too safe to allow the risky moves del Toro needs to thrive, and only on the indie scene, which is becoming just as volatile, could he be allowed to explore his imagination. Even then, he could very well lack the budget he needs and be forced to make even more compromises.
In other words, del Toro is totally in the right for shunning video games. I’ll never understand this obsession that some gamers have for making gaming “the dominant medium.” If it continues to block out the creative minds who genuinely want in, then that will never be the case.
Even Hollywood allows more leg room than this.