A new Silent Hill film is in the works and will likely hit theaters in 2023. The script for the upcoming title was written by Christophe Gans, who also directed the original film.
Released in 1999 for Sony’s first PlayStation, Silent Hill is a survival horror game in which players take on the role of Harry Mason, who is searching for his daughter after waking from a car wreck to find her missing. The game franchise received its first film adaptation in 2006. However, the second film Silent Hill: Revelation, which was released in 2012, received poor reviews.
Now, Gans is rebooting the film franchise, inspired by recent horror movie trends. Gans has stated that the pandemic gave him time to write the script for the new film. He stresses that the new Silent Hill film is entirely independent of the 2006 and 2012 films.
According to Gans, the new Silent Hill will respect the franchise’s origins while appealing to today’s horror fans. He describes Silent Hill as similar to The Twilight Zone in the respect that anything can happen.
“For me, it was important to design a Silent Hill in the light of the current public,” Gans told Jeux Video. “It is clear that today’s horror cinema no longer resembles the horror cinema of 2006. Good for that matter. Not that 2007 horror cinema wasn’t good, but every genre is going through an evolution.”
Film Adaptations in the Works
Of late, there seems to be a rise in the number of video games receiving film and television adaptations. Uncharted recently received its film debut and Netflix is currently working on a Bioshock film. In addition, HBO Max plans to release season one of its The Last of Us television series adaptation next year. And the list goes on. American McGee’s Alice, Life is Strange, Disco Elysium and God of War all have film or series adaptations in the works.
In addition to writing the script for the upcoming Silent Hill film, Gans also wrote a script for a Fatal Frame film. The movie will go by Project Zero, the European name for the game and could be released as early as 2024.