Posted on Monday, December 13th, 2010 by Germain Lussier
Whenever Guillermo del Toro has done interviews in the past few months, he’s talked about learning and becoming well-versed in all the different entertainment mediums. In particular, he’s pointed to video games as a place where story telling has great potential but he’s never gotten more specific than that. We now know what del Toro has been talking about.
The director behind Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy and the upcoming At the Mountains of Madness has partnered with THQ to produce a potential trilogy of video games called inSANE which he describes as “Lovecraftian horror adventure” with a “pulp narrative and creatures with tentacles.” It’s not scheduled for release until 2013 but you can see a teaser trailer for the game and read more about it after the jump.
First of all, here’s the trailer of inSANE which premiered on the the Spike TV Video Game Awards.
“With this new series of video games, I want to take players to a place they have never seen before, where every single action makes them question their own senses of morality and reality,” del Toro said to Daily Variety.
Del Toro, the “external creative director,” will work closely with the teams at THQ as they develop the game and Volition as they physically make the game. He’s been making regular visits to both offices.
And the teams at both places see del Toro as more than just a Hollywood director who wants his name on the package. “It’s not about the fact that Guillermo is a movie director, it’s that he’s a hard-core gamer who knows how to describe a vision and communicate it to a team,” Danny Bilson, THQ’s executive vice president of core games, who co-wrote films and TV shows like The Rocketeer, The Flash and The Sentinel, told the Los Angeles Times.
The expectation is that inSANE could, potentially, be a whole franchise complete with books, toys and even movies. THQ owns the intellectual property rights and del Toro controls the film rights. But that’s way down the road. “We’re really focusing on the game first,” Bilson said. “We’re not worrying about if it’s a good movie or book. We’re focused on making a fantastic video game. Later on we’ll discuss it.”
And though del Toro is one of the busiest men in town, this project is high on his list of priorities.
“The relationship between movies and games has been unfortunate because people in Hollywood see games as an ancillary product, but that’s the least of what they can be,” del Toro said. “We want to make a great, big, immersive, powerful and unique game.”
Do you trust del Toro as the helmer of a video game? And what kind of game do you expect this to be? First person, third person, role playing, action?