Guillermo del Toro Speaks Out on Silent Hills’ Cancellation
As everyone is mourning over Konami's cancellation of Silent Hills, Guillermo del Toro let's us know that he is lamenting as well.
Speaking with IGN, legendary director Guillermo del Toro finally broke the ominous silence encasing the regrettable cancellation of Silent Hills, which was going to be a collaborative work between del Toro and Hideo Kojima, starring Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead fame.
"The collaboration between Kojima and myself, the meetings, and the friendship that was developing was beautiful," del Toro said. "We had an agreement on where to go. We had an agreement on how we were going to push the new platforms. We were having a blast.”
With Kojima's expected departure from Konami coming after the launch of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, everyone was wondering about the joint venture until the company announced the project's cancellation. Surprisingly, del Toro revealed that he and Kojima had a lot planned for us. Based on P.T., we think we were in for something special (and horrific).
Here's what else del Toro had to say about the project:
What we wanted to do with the game – and we were very much in agreement on this – was to take the technology and make it as cutting-edge as we could in creating terror in the house. The idea was very, very atmosphere-drenched. But what made Silent Hill so great was that you had the atmosphere but then you a pay-off with a very active, very intense series of moments.
We wanted to do some stuff that I’m pretty sure – just in case it ever comes back, which honestly I would love for somebody to change their mind and we can do it – but in case it comes back there was some stuff that was very new, and I wouldn’t want to spoil it. Norman [Reedus] was super happy, Hideo was super happy, and so was I. I know there’s a petition going on the internet and it’s gathering signatures. I would add my signature to it, and hope that someone pays attention.
P.T. was downloaded enormously, which shows that people have a passion [for the series].” And it's one in which Del Toro shares. “[Silent Hill] hit me at the right time when I played the first one and the second. It’s a truly great mythology and too great a storytelling arena to let die. It’s too good.
Del Toro mentions that one of the things that he disliked about the cancellation was the abrupt, out-of-the-blue nature of it and how Konami treated P.T. The company quickly removed it from the PlayStation Store and prevented people from ever re-downloading the game ever again, even if they already owned the Playable Teaser before. Luckily, del Toro and Kojima remain friends and the director was happy when speaking about his relationship with the Metal Gear creator.
“Hideo and I have been in touch, and he knows he would be the only guy I would follow to the ends of the earth on anything. I think if anything can be rescued, I will be more than happy.”