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Horror Mangaka Junji Ito Talks Silent Hills Involvement

"Nothing exists," says acclaimed manga artist.


Hideo Kojima's Silent Hills was canceled in March 2015 due to conflicts between Kojima's team and publisher Konami. While most of the high-profile individuals involved have since offered their two cents on the matter--including filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim), who's had some choice words for the Japanese publisher--horror manga artist Junji Ito recently discussed his role with the project.

Ito, while at the Toronto Comics Art Festival this past weekend, was asked about his involvement with Silent Hills. His responses come via translation thanks to Twitter user MinovskyArticle.

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Though he may not have had the opportunity to contribute his signature brand of body horror to the project, Ito got to see Pacific Rim (for free) and sang his heart out with both del Toro and Kojima.

Silent Hills was announced through 2014's P.T., a short, free PS4 playable teaser that confirmed Kojima was directing a new Silent Hill entry alongside del Toro and starring Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct) in the lead role. Kojima has since left Konami, pursuing game development under his independent studio Kojima Productions, which he founded in 2005 while still under Konami's umbrella.

Since publicly splitting from Konami in 2015, Kojima has announced the studio's first game, Death Stranding. "I'm embarking on a new challenge with a fresh slate," Kojima said of the split. "But I intend to keep pushing the creative envelope until the day I die."

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