Guillermo del Toro, Hideo Kojima team up for new ‘Silent Hill’ game

Aug. 12, 2014 | 4:59 p.m.
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Guillermo Del Toro is photographed on June 17, 2103. Click through the gallery for a look at some milestones in his career. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

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"Cronos" (1993): Del Toro's first feature, the Spanish-language thriller "Cronos," centered on a young girl and her grandfather, who stumble onto a golden, scarab-like device with a secret inside. (October Films)

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"Mimic" (1997): Del Toro famously warred with studio executives on this film about killer insects, which was his second feature and his first Hollywood production. (Kerry Hayes / Dimension Films)

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"The Devil's Backbone" (2001): A moody ghost story set during the Spanish Civil War, the film chronicles what happens when a young fatherless boy arrives at a haunted orphanage. (Sony Pictures Classics)

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"Blade II" (2002): A race of super vampires is on the loose in this comic-book inspired sequel directed by Del Toro and starring Wesley Snipes. (Bruce Talamon / New Line Cinema)

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"Hellboy" (2004): Longtime Del Toro collaborator Ron Perlman starred, with Selma Blair, in the filmmaker's adaptation of Mike Mignola's signature comics about a grumpy demon summoned to Earth. (The Orphanage / Columbia Pictures)

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"Pan's Labyrinth" (2006): Del Toro's brilliant, beautiful dark fairy tale follows the stepdaughter of a cruel military man as she stumbles into an elaborate fantasy world. The film won three Oscars. (Teresa Isasi / Picturehouse)

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"The Orphanage" (2007): Del Toro produced Juan Antonio Bayona's terrifying Spanish-language thriller, which helped introduce the filmmaker to a wider audience. (Picturehouse Entertainment)

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"Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (2008): Perlman's title character is only one of dozens of magnificent monsters who become embroiled in an epic supernatural conflict that threatens the people of Earth. (Universal Pictures)

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"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" (2010): Del Toro co-wrote and produced this remake of a 1970s scarefest that was among his favorites as a child. (Carolyn Johns / Miramax Film Corp.)

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"Mama" (2013): Del Toro fell in love with Andrés Muschietti's spooky short film, then signed on to produce the writer-director's full-length expansion of the story of two orphaned girls visited by an apparition. (Universal)

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"Pacific Rim" (2013): Rinko Kikuchi starred as one of the pilots of the massive Jaegers that fought against invading Kaiju in Del Toro's love letter to Japanese monster cinema. (Warner Bros.)

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"The Strain" (2009 book): Partnering with author Chuck Hogan, Del Toro penned an apocalyptic vampire trilogy that he now hopes to translate to television. He's currently directing the pilot for the show in Toronto. (William Morrow)

Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and “Metal Gear Solid” creator Hideo Kojima will join forces for a return trip to Silent Hill.

Word about the new installment in the long-running video game series arrived Tuesday via an interactive teaser released on the PlayStation store.

Near the conclusion of an hour-plus long demo for a game referred to as “P.T.,” title cards appeared on screen featuring both Del Toro’s name and Kojima’s (another suggested the game could be titled “Silent Hills”).

Also glimpsed was a character modeled on “The Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus, who could be seen standing on a desolate city street at night.

Although some years away from its creative zenith, the “Silent Hill” franchise won a legion of fans for its atmospheric thrills and surreal imagery. It spawned two films — 2006’s “Silent Hill,”and more recently, 2012’s “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” — neither of which was particularly well received.

For Del Toro, the project marks yet another creative endeavor the busy writer-director is juggling at present.

He’s producing the upcoming animated feature “Book of Life,” which arrives in theaters Oct. 17; and he’s finishing his 2015 horror film, “Crimson Peak,” starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam.

Additionally, he’s beginning work on “Pacific Rim 2,” the sequel to last summer’s movie that paid glorious homage to the Japanese pop culture he adored as a child in Guadalajara.

His FX TV series, “The Strain,” adapted from a trilogy of vampire novels he wrote with Chuck Hogan, was recently renewed for a second season.

Are you excited about a new “Silent Hill” game? What do you expect from the Del Toro/Kojima collaboration? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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8 Responses to Guillermo del Toro, Hideo Kojima team up for new ‘Silent Hill’ game

  1. jake says:

    i expect nothing but greatness from Kojima and del toro on this new silent hill game. i have been looking forward to a new game for a while and as a long time fan of both silent hill and metal gear and of most of del toros films this is like a dream come true.

  2. Timo Paul says:

    This is what I really like about the next gen games, they have the power to be really creative in the games. I’m sure this will be one hell of a ride with these two at the helm. I think it’s time to buy a PS4 now.

  3. ThatWasMean says:

    Del Toro isn't really known for subtlety, which is kind of Silent Hill's thing. Though some parts are overt in the games the things that made the first three Silent Hills so great, and the thing that flubbed the movies was the slower pace (something Del Toro isn't a fan of) the strong fleshed out world (something Del Toro isn't a fan of) and the subtle clues that add to the world and story. Perhaps Del Toro can be brought to the side of good Silent Hills, but I have little faith of that. Not to be a weeaboo but America doesn't do well with the Silent Hill because Japanese horror and American horror are very different. American horror is sensationalist, overt, messy and almost comical at times. Japanese horror is slower, more subtle, the evil has some justification which makes it more real. The horror is in waiting for the thing behind you, as opposed to the things jumping in front of you.

    • 1241241 says:

      "Del Toro isn't really known for subtlety"

      Said someone who has only watched his action movies.

    • Dingus Stinkfinger says:

      The game is being developed by a Japanese studio, with Kojima being the head of development, not del Toro.

      You should give the demo a try, it's quite good and creepy.

    • Jake says:

      Try the p.t. demo. I think it captures the feel quite nicely.

    • Davenport says:

      Del Toro did make Pan's Labyrinth though, which is one of the creepiest movies ever.

    • JamesQ says:

      Del Toro isn’t a fan of a strong, fleshed-out world? Cue Dr. Evil’s, “Riiiiiight.” Del Toro creates fleshed-out, lived-in worlds like few other filmmakers. And if you think he doesn’t enjoy a slower pace, I guess you’ve never seen Pan’s Labyrinth or The Devil’s Backbone. Del Toro is just one reason to get excited about this.

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