It’s been quite a few years since the franchise’s last outing, but there appears to be a concentrated effort to bring Silent Hill back into the limelight.
Just last week, Konami hinted that it was “listening to customer feedback and considering ways to provide the next title” in response to a rumor claiming that two new Silent Hill games were in development. That alone was great news for horror-game fans, but now, French director Christophe Gans has broken radio silence on a brand-new movie.
Gans, who was responsible for the original 2006 film, told Allocine that he was working on “a new Silent Hill.” He didn’t have much to share about the project, which is clearly in its early stages, but he does suggest that it would stick to the roots of the first movie. “The project will always be anchored in this atmosphere of a small American town, ravaged by Puritanism.”
The director noted that he had a great time working on the first one because the studio let him make the film that he wanted. One of the interesting things about Silent Hill was how his team was able to incorporate some of composer Akira Yamaoka’s original game score, which really helped set the mood.
Gans admitted that he never saw the 2012 sequel, however. Silent Hill: Relevation featured the third game’s heroine, Heather (who’s later revealed to be Alessa Gillespie) and was shot in 3D, but it didn’t do well with critics.
Surprisingly enough, Gans is also working on a movie based on another horror-game franchise, Fatal Frame. This series revolved around a “Camera Obscura,” which let players photograph and capture ghosts.
The original game was released in 2001 and spawned four sequels, Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly (2003), Fatal Frame III: The Tormented (2005), Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse (2008), and Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water (2015).