Guillermo del Toro: Gyo Manga's Junji Ito Worked on Silent Hills
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Director Guillermo del Toro posted on Twitter on Sunday that manga creator Junji Ito (Gyo, Uzumaki, Tomie) would have been "our collaborator in SILENT HILL (S)." The director was planning a Silent Hills game with game director Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear) and actor Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead, Mimic, Blade II, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore) at Konami. Konami confirmed in April that it cancelled the project, although del Toro said that he and Kojima are still "working into doing something together."
The movie director also praised Ito as ranking with Hideshi Hino among horror story creators:
JUNJI ITO, undisputed master of horror in Japan (along with Hino and Tsubaki) and our collaborator in SILENT HILL (S) pic.twitter.com/D9ypKBhVk5— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) September 27, 2015
The director had only just started posting on Twitter last month. He had previously discussed meeting Ito in Japan: "He was very, very shy, and I kept slapping him on the back, which was not very Japanese. Junji Ito is the only author of comics that has scared the shit out of me. When the shark takes the stairs in Gyo, grows the mechanical crab legs chasing them up the stairs, I literally threw away the comic and yelled, 'NO!' I was so absolutely scared."
Viz published Ito's Uzumaki and Gyo manga, which inspired a live-action horror film and an original video anime, respectively. ComicsOne published Ito's Tomie, which also inspired live-action films. More recently, Viz published Ito's manga short story collection Fragments of Horror in June.