THQ shuts down Del Toro’s horror game

Posted by David Konow

Not only does Guillermo Del Toro have a ton of potential movies in the works, he's also got a video game he's been working on, titled InSANE.

Actually, we should say was working on, because reports have just come in that InSANE, which was going to be a trilogy, was unceremoniously shut down.

We actually reported on this back in November, and the game had been in development for a year by that point. Much like a major motion picture, video games can be stuck in development hell for a long time. At the time, Del Toro told MTV that he'd been working on the game with THQ and Volition.
Remember, horror and gaming have crossed over for quite some time now, like with Silent Hill, Resident Evil, and Dead Island - so a project that tasked Del Toro with bringing his vision to a game seemed quite natural. 

At the time he said, "Going into constructing it, you have to be respectful of the medium. I'm learning a lot." And what was especially promising was Del Toro said the monsters in the game were going to be "obscenely fun and unique," and the game was going to be "Lovecraftian."
Unfortunately, like his dream film project, At the Mountains of Madness, it's all fallen apart. As VG247 reports, the president of THQ, Jason Rubin, said, "We have decided not to pursue further pre-production on insane, and have returned all of our IP rights to Guillermo Del Toro. By canceling these explorations outside of our core business, we feel we can improve focus on our core game portfolio, which remains unchanged."
Still, there's the hope Del Toro can take it elsewhere and the development efforts won't be lost. You also get the impression that his next film, the sci-fi epic Pacific Rim, is a natural for games, so maybe Del Toro can get some synergy going with that. 

As noted above, there's also development hell (or limbo?) for games, much like trying to get a movie to the screen, except there may be a shot Del Toro can get this going somewhere else, or maybe even get it made as a movie. Who knows? Still, just like he won't give up on Mountains of Madness, we wish him luck with InSANE as well.