Renowned Pan's Labyrinth film director Guillermo del Toro is reportedly on the verge of signing a deal with publisher THQ to create "technically and narratively very interesting" video games, says the Los Angeles Times
, citing "people familiar with the matter."
THQ in particular is focused on efforts to explore the worlds of film and television alongside its video game properties. It has a formal partnership with science fiction television network Syfy to create new multi-platform properties -- IP that are conceived across the media of film, television and games simultaneously.
As the report notes, THQ executive VP Danny Bilson has a background in film and television, as co-writer of Disney's The Rocketeer. According to the report's sources, he's the one leading the dialogue with Del Toro in the aim to incorporate more of a creative filmic vision into THQ's projects.
At the time THQ signed the deal with SyFy -- a partnership that will begin with family-friendly kids' title De Blob
, and will include a television movie incarnation of Red Faction
-- Bilson stressed the goal of working with other media
. "By extending our brands to other media, we build huge awareness and momentum for our games," he said.