Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima and film director Guillermo del Toro had planned to work together on Silent Hills, but Konami pulled the plug on the survival-horror game. In the aftermath, del Toro stated that he still intends to work with Kojima on a future project, but he didn’t specify whether it would be a video game or a movie. However, speaking with Playboy at San Diego Comic-Con, del Toro ruled out the former. After the cancellation of Silent Hills, del Toro says he will never again work on a video game. Here’s his explanation of the decision:
“I have proven to be the albatross of video games. I joined THQ [to make a game called Insane] and THQ went broke. I joined [Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo] Kojima [to make Silent Hills] and Kojima leaves Konami, so I have decided that in order not to destroy anyone else’s life, I will never again get involved in video games. Otherwise, I’ll work with someone and his house would explode or something, you know?
“With Insane we mapped it out, we did the bible, we did the outlines, we did the screenplay. We did a bunch of stuff to develop the world. So some of the tricks, or the stuff that I wanted to learn, I learned. And then I went to the side of Kojima-san because he’s a master and I can gladly say we are friends and I love his work, and I will continue learning from him as a friend. But I’m not joining another video game. If I do, World War III will start.”
— Guillermo del Toro
It’s unfortunate that del Toro’s past experiences have driven him away from the video game industry, but it’s also kind of exciting to think that he plans to work on a non-gaming project with Hideo Kojima.