A new Silent Hill film is reportedly in development. It was announced during a recent livestream titled the Silent Hill Transmission that, along with several new games, a movie titled Return To Silent Hill is being produced that will follow the events of video game Silent Hill 2. Christophe Gans, who helmed the original 2006 Silent Hill film, will direct.
Gans appeared on the livestream to explain that “the film tells a story of a young guy coming back to Silent Hill, where he has known a great love. And what he is going to find is a pure nightmare,” while also introducing visual concept art.
The Silent Hill franchise began when the 1999 survival horror game of the same name was released. Its success led to three direct sequels and a number of spinoffs in various forms of media. The first film, release in 2006, was based on the original game. A sequel based on the third game, Silent Hill: Revelation, was released in 2012.
Months prior to this official announcement, Gans had discussed the possibility of a new Silent Hill film, stating:
“The script for a new Silent Hill movie [is] totally independent from the two previous movies made and respects the way Silent Hill has evolved. Silent Hill is a bit like Twilight Zone, the Fourth Dimension, a place where anything and everything can happen.”
This movie is said to be pure psychological horror, featuring new and familiar monsters, including fan favorites like Pyramid Head – with a modern update. Victor Hadida, who produced the original film, added during the livestream that the intention for the film is to “make it modern, but also very true to the video game.”
Both Silent Hill films were negatively received upon release and haven’t left any sort of cultural footprint, so the only way to go is up. Hopefully this time Gans can truly capture the fear associated with playing the games.