Guillermo del Toro: “I Will Never Again Get Involved in Video Games”

By August 14, 2015

Whenever people hear about director Guillermo del Toro’s name being attached to some upcoming project, there’s an automatic sense of anticipation that’s created. His work is often some of the most visually and thematically captivating in the entire movie industry today, garnering a great deal of critical praise and commercial success. Naturally, gamers that see del Toro’s name on a project have a very good reason to get just as excited as moviegoers, but it looks like the latest bit of difficulty in getting a game project off the ground has soured the director on wanting to try again.

In an interview with Shack News, del Toro laments the apparent conclusion that his involvement with video game projects seems to lead to their eventual downfall. In 2012, the director joined THQ to work on a game project called Insane, and shortly afterward THQ went bankrupt and defunct. This past year, we’ve documented the failure of del Toro’s collaboration with renowned game designer Hideo Kojima to produce a new game in the popular Silent Hill series, due to a falling out between Kojima and publisher Konami. It seems like these things, ultimately, have caused del Toro to want to walk away from future projects in the gaming realm.

He said,

I have proven to be the albatross of video games. 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.

Later in the interview, del Toro shares that he will still be happy to learn from Kojima as a friend and fellow creative. But, while he’s open to other people making games out of any of those ideas, he just doesn’t see himself taking part in them again. He’s been burned too many times before.

Hopefully, there could be some project that comes along with a solid chance for success. For now, though, it looks like Guillermo del Toro will stay focused on his developing projects for the big screen. For mor eon Guillermo del Toro as news happens, keep an eye on GeekNation!

Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.