THQ just cannot catch a break, as it has canceled pre-production on inSANE and returned the rights to director Guillermo del Toro.
THQ president Jason Rubin made the announcement earleir today during the company's first quarter fiscal 2013 earnings call. Rubin stated that THQ will no longer pursue any work on the filmmaker's game and returned the rights. del Toro is now free to do with it whatever he pleases, which hopefully means he will shop it to another studio that is on firmer ground. It is unfortunate THQ had to cancel pre-production work, but that is the least of the studio's troubles.
Volition, makers of Red Faction and Saints Row, were pegged to create inSANE when the title was announced in 2010. Guillermo del Toro, director of Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth, envisioned inSANE as a horror trilogy, but aside from that announcement in 2010 little else was known.
Maybe one day del Toro will get his chance to see the game come to life, but it will not be with THQ.