When Silent Hills was canceled earlier this year, it broke not only Hellboy and Crimson Peak director Guillermo del Toro’s “greasy heart” but also the hearts of Silent Hill and Norman Reedus fans everywhere.
See, the man playing fan favorite Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead would have starred in the P.T. (playable teaser) creators Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid) and del Toro’s first joint effort, before Konami pulled the plug on the eagerly anticipated video game. Reedus recently told IGN: “I'm super bummed that that happened back in Japan. But I have faith. I have faith that we, the three of us, can do something else.”
A few weeks following the crushing news of the game’s cancellation (to tell you the truth, I'm still gutted about the whole thing), del Toro opened up about what he had planned to do and achieve with what would've been the next entry in the Silent Hill video-game franchise, saying:
“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."
Del Toro also spoke about the fact that both Reedus and Kojima were super happy with the game, that he was aware of an online petition making the rounds on the Internet, and that he would sign it, hoping someone would pay attention to it.
Going back to Reedus' interview, the actor called del Toro and Kojima “geniuses” and added that “There were so many ideas and cool future happenings that were thrown around. I just can't see us not picking this up somewhere.” He also touched base on the overwhelmingly positive fan reaction to the P.T., saying he has been blown away by the whole thing:
“The internet buzz about [Silent Hills] happening was so huge. I've never seen anything like it; petitions with a hundred thousand people that signed it, petitions to please make it happen, that's crazy. That's a crazy fanbase for not just that video game but also those people making that video game, and for me to jump on that truck with them, I was like, ‘Holy balls. It has to happen. You need to do this.’”
But what exists of the game right now? Reedus did talk about it, revealing he was not really sure what’s actually out there:
“We did some of that photography with a thousand cameras pointing at you in a million different directions. We did some things with them that might be – I don't know if it's on the cutting room floor. It might be in someone's hard drive somewhere. We did some stuff for it, but we never got into the full story stuff. We were about to and that water balloon burst.”
There have been talks of Kojima and del Toro getting together again for another collaboration in the future, but as for the chances of a Silent Hills revival? So far, it’s unclear whether the survival horror game will ever see the light of day. Still, Norman Reedus is keeping the faith:
“Hopefully they'll come to some sort of agreement and that happens, or we do something very similar that's different. I don't know. I have faith that we're going to do something though because it just seems like it was one of those things that needs to happen. It's like destiny, it needs to happen.”
Amen to that! What do you guys think? Do you agree with Norman Reedus that Silent Hills needs to happen?