Silent Hill 2 moving forward
People have a go at films based on videogames partly because they don't think videogames are worthwhile, and partly because they don't realise that some of them have some incredibly in-depth stories. Some modern videogames carry a wealth of back story comparable to a novel, and they are just as worthy of adaptations as they are.
Amongst the adaptations I think Silent Hill is one of the better ones, faithful to the original story and still entertaining for those who haven't played the game, although there was still a lot of scope for improvement, and that improvement might well come with a new Silent Hill, previously postponed and now straight into production.
There seems to be a poster on the go at the moment which looks like the original Silent Hill poster saying "Welcome to Silent Hill" with the word "Back" scrawled on it. You can see the poster over at Dread Central who have the story saying that there's a new film in development, however it's Quiet Earth that have the official release which seems to have been sent out soon after the rumour was revealed.
The rumour was that Michael J. Bassett, responsible for Solomon Kane and Deathwatch, is the man who will write and direct Silent Hill: Revelations 3D as a direct sequel to Christophe Gans original Silent Hill film.
There's a synopsis that comes with the announcement:
For years, Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn't fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever.
The official release tells us that Samuel Hadida and Don Carmody are producing the film and confirm that the title is Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, oh dear me. It also says that Bassett will direct the film from his own screenplay, so we can assume we aren't waiting for Roger Avary to come out of prison and complete the screenplay.
Hadida says of the film:
"We have high expectations for this continuation of the franchise with our reunited Silent Hill production team. Michael was our natural choice to write and direct. He understands the genre, is passionate about the Silent Hill franchise, and will bring his considerable action picture skills to a fresh and thrilling insight of the Silent Hill 3D world."
For me that's a lot of hope and what the franchise really needed was to be better and to pick up from the last film, after all Carmody is comparing it to a similar franchise:
"Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D, Paranormal Activity 2, and Saw 3D show that global audiences have a continued thirst for the horror action genre. Silent Hill, like Resident Evil before it, is a beloved videogame, now becomes a successful film franchise that both encompasses and transcends the game world."
It's interesting to compare Silent Hill with the Resident Evil franchise, especially as it's fair to say that Resident Evil actually picked up film by film, I'm not saying it's an amazing franchise, but it has become a little better each film.
Can Michael J. Bassett make this new Silent Hill better than the previous film? I think perhaps he can, but of course the 3D comment has me worried, what will it sacrifice in order to throw things at the camera? So far there's not any word of if it's post production 3D or the real thing.