Someone call for a nurse because it looks like Silent Hill 3 is finally moving forward. We’re heading back to that synonymous spooky town for the first time since 2012.
Although 2006’s Silent Hill was praised at an atmospheric adaptation of Konami’s video game series, Silent Hill: Revelation (based on the Silent Hill 3 game) wasn’t the hit the studio hoped for. Despite Revelation being a box office success with $56 million against a $20 million budget, it was panned across the board and led to plans of a sequel being scrapped.
Christophe Gans was in the director’s chair for Silent Hill, but was replaced by Michael J. Bassett for Revelation. Even though Bassett had wanted to craft a third movie based on the graphic novels instead of the games, Gans is back at the helm for No. 3.
Speaking to French site Allocine, Gans explained, “I have two horror film projects with [producer] Victor Hadida. I am working on the adaptation of the video game Project Zero (Fatal Frame in the USA). The film will take place in Japan. I especially don’t want to uproot the game from its Japanese haunted house setting. And we’re also working on a new Silent Hill.”
Discussing where the Silent Hill series goes next, Gans added, “The project will always be anchored in this atmosphere of a small American town, ravaged by Puritanism. I think it’s time to make a new one.”
Gans went on to say he loved making 2006’s Silent Hill and praised the studio for allowing him to make the movie ‘he’ wanted to make. There’s no other news on whether any of the previous stars will return or Gans plans on burning Silent Hill to the ground to start from scratch.
It’s interesting to note this isn’t the first flurry of activity we’ve heard about the dormant town. After Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro spectacularly pulled the plug on Silent Hills, gamers have been clamouring for a proper return to the series. Only last month, rumours suggested ‘several’ new Silent Hill games are on the way.
Elsewhere, there more big news for horror video game adaptations. After what seems like an eternity of waiting, Netflix’s Resident Evil series is finally set to take a bite out of the popular streaming service.
Either way, Silent Hill could finally bring justice to Konami’s fan-favourite series. Here’s hoping Gans has learned from the mistakes of the past.
[Featured Image: TriStar Pictures/Konami]