Acclaimed film director Guillermo del Toro has signed the trilogy of Insane games to a mystery development studio, a new report suggests.
The expensive and ambitious project had been cancelled by embattled publisher THQ in August but the rights were transferred back to the Pan's Labyrinth director in the process.
Now, according to film website Bloody Disgusting, del Toro is believed to have signed with another games studio to continue working on the trilogy.
The cancellation has delayed the Insane project even further, with a "2015" release date penciled in.
Del Toro had originally been working on the project in a consultant capacity at Saints Row: The Third developer Volition. He has not personally confirmed a new deal, though in October said he was pitching it to various studios.
"The game was cut months ago, and now we are talking to developers," he said.
"When some thing doesn't happen in one way, I just continue to pursue it in another way. I'm not giving up on Insane, it's truly beautiful."
Del Toro also claimed that the dream partner for Insane would be PC games kingpin Valve, having revealed he is a huge fan of the company's work. Ellen McClain, the voice of GLaDOS from the Portal series, will be heard as the voice of an AI in Del Toro's next feature film.