Guillermo del Toro has returned to speak about Silent Hills, the project he was working on in partnership with Hideo Kojima that Konami recently cancelled. Talking to IGN, del Toro said that removing P.T. from the PlayStation Store “honestly that’s what surprised me. It was a sort of scorched earth approach. It was not a gentle and ambiguous cancellation.”
He added he and Kojima are “devastated” by Silent Hills cancellation, adding this:
“The collaboration between Kojima and myself, the meetings, and the friendship that was developing was beautiful. 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.”
While this is what they wanted to do with the game:
“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, the Walking Dead actor who was attached to play the lead role] 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.”
Talking about P.T., Silent Hills demo released last year during Gamescom, del Toro said that “P.T. was downloaded enormously, which shows that people have a passion [for the series]. [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.”
The movie director explained that, after inSane (THQ’s project he had in development and then got cancelled) and Silent Hills, it is unlikely he would get back to the gaming industry. Anyway…
“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.”
So, is there any hope for Silent Hills, or the idea behind the project, to ever get back to life? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.