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Del Toro: "If I join another video game, World War III will start”

Film director gives up on games

Despite recently hinting that he was still planning projects with Hideo Kojima, cult film director Guillermo Del Toro has declared he is giving up on making a video game.

"I have proven to be the albatross of video games," he told Shacknews.

"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 he's referring too, Insane for THQ and Silent Hills with Konami, were both widely anticipated but barely made it past the initial announcement hype before cancellation.

"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," he explained.

"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."

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Latest comments (11)

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 4 years ago
"...if I join another video game, World War III will start."
Hmmm. Then make the game about World War III, I say. It'll sell if it gets completed. The third time's (supposed to be) the charm, you know :D
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Jonah Falcon Writer 4 years ago
Bye, Felicia. Can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 4 years ago
"I have proven to be the albatross of video games," he told Shacknews.
Actually that title use to belong to Jack Thompson but now it's held proudly by Uwe Boll.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 18th August 2015 12:29am

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Dan Wood Visual Effects Artist 4 years ago
I really don't think he should take it so much to heart. What he's discovered is just the nasty nature of business, and really his only fault with Silent Hills appears to have been misjudging the sheer level of corporate ****storm he was getting involved with.

I would still love to see what Del Toro could bring to the games industry, and provided he found the right horse to back next time, and maybe kept quiet about his involvement until very near release, to avoid the inevitable media frenzy too, I reckon third time could be an absolute charm.

Stand your ground! I don't reckon many (aside from the aforementioned media frenzy) would think to blame Del Toro for the failures or corporate lunacy of those he's worked with.
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Marty Howe Director, Figurehead Studios3 years ago
the article doesn't say '"why"

What happened?
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Bonnie Patterson Narrative Designer, Writer 3 years ago
@Marty: I think it's the whole albatross bit. You join a project, everyone likes your stuff and says you're doing really well, suddenly everyone leaves / gets made redundant / dies of syphillis - by the third time it happens you start to feel pretty cursed.

Please never get on a plane with Duncan Telford, Mr Del Toro. I don't want to see cannibal headhunters take over the earth.

But seriously, Del Toro's imagination and sense for style and tropes... it's a great loss to the industry and I hope he changes his mind.

And if David Lynch wants to come over too, I won't complain. Hell, I'll cook. So much cherry pie and coffee for Mr Lynch.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Bonnie Patterson on 20th August 2015 4:18pm

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Axel Cushing Freelance Writer 3 years ago
@Bonnie
A game collaboration between Del Toro, Lynch, and Terry Gilliam. That would either be something head-shatteringly incredible, or a complete dog's breakfast. (Would be cool if it was the former.)
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Marty Howe Director, Figurehead Studios3 years ago
thanks Bonnie, but thats no reason to give up. Im sure "never give up" is part of a filmmakers work ethic, especially when they were young and just starting out.
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Adam Campbell Game Manager, Azoomee3 years ago
I feel bad for him but the games industry isn't too dissimilar to the film industry. You can put in unbelievable amounts of work and time then find your project gets cancelled. Its a real shame the two organisations he worked with were suffering instabilities at the time.
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Bonnie Patterson Narrative Designer, Writer 3 years ago
@Adam - and this was just about the same time that his film At the Mountains of Madness got canned because they thought Prometheus was going to tread the same ground (I still have my fingers crossed for Mountains now that Prometheus has turned out to be a biblical allegory instead of a swift downward spiral into madness and blasphemy), so the man had a huge pile of heartbreak in a short space of time.

That said, I bet he'll be back. His imagination obviously bubbles over with the unorthodox and the grotesque, and while his films have usually received their due from the critics, the box office and studios have been another matter: SF is still cinemas red-headed stepchild and Del Toro still insists on allowing people at appear who haven't had plastic surgery from an approved vendor! *swoons in horror*.

Whereas games? We LOVE the grotesque and twisted
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
@ Bonnie: Wellllll, Prometheus WAS a downward spiral of sorts. But I don't think it was the one expected by the filmmakers or audience (so much wrong with that flick...*sigh*) :D

I'd kill, er, sacrifice someone to Dagon to see Del Toro do a decent Lovecraft film

@Marty: I'd also lay a penny that It was kind of soul-crushing for Del Toro that Konami not only killed his last game project off (P.T./Silent Hills), but ERASED it from memory unless PS4 owners picked up that demo, saved it and haven't erased the file. It can't even be acquired/re-downloaded now unless you buy a console that has it installed (and that will set you back a few hundred dollars over retail at best).
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