Guillermo Del Toro continues to have unfortunate luck when it comes to putting a video game together. Back in 2010 he announced that he was venturing into video game development with a new video game property titled “Insane.” After two years of development that game was eventually shelved by THQ. Now it looks like Del Toro’s latest venture into the realm of gaming has met a similar fate.
Late last year it was revealed that Guillermo Del Toro was partnering up with Hideo Kojima to work on a new entry in the “Silent Hill” franchise called “Silent Hills” for video game developer Konami. The game was set to feature Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”) in a starring role and would be an amalgamation of ideas from Del Toro and Kojima.
A few months ago rumors began circulating that Kojima and Konami were having a falling out. The whole affair seemed strangely antagonistic as Konami began to actively remove Kojima’s name from future games. Eventually it was officially announced that the two parties would be parting ways, but the announcement left a big question mark lingering over Kojima’s future projects.
Now it would appear that “Silent Hills” might be one of the victims of Konami’s split from Kojima. Over the weekend Guillermo Del Toro appeared at the San Francisco International Film Festival and spoke about the game’s production. According to one attendees tweet, his words were that “It’s not gonna happen and that breaks my greasy heart.” This has since been corroborated by other people in attendance and Del Toro’s personal assistant. Konami, however, has not released any official statements.
Does this mean “Silent Hills” is completely dead? Well, it certainly seems that the vision Del Toro and Kojima had is no more. It’s still very possible that Konami could put out a “Silent Hills” starring Norman Reedus, but under the direction of whoever Konami can get to take over at this point. Chances are they might be too invested in this game to back out now, but it seems like if it does come out it won’t be the collaborative dream project that it originated as.
UPDATE: Well, it looks like Norman Reedus won’t be involved either. Thanks a bunch Konami.