It is hard for gamers when a video game is adapted into a film or series and turns out to be a complete scam. Like Mortal Kombat, which was adapted into a movie and did not meet expectations, the same happened with the video game Tomb Raider whose main character, Lara Croft, is known through the gaming community. It was recently announced that the video game “Return to Silent Hill” the Terror/Psychological saga by Konami will be adapted into a film. The movie was announced during the Konami Silent Hill Transmission stream, where they also confirmed Return to Silent Hill would be helmed by the original 2006 Silent Hill director, Christophe Gans.
What we know about the movie announced on the Konami stream, is that the film is based on the video game Silent Hill 2. Christophe Gans will re-link with the saga after almost 16 years. The film that Gans directed in 2006 knew how to respond to what the fans wanted in the film. However, the reviews were not as good as expected.
Return to Silent Hill will be released in 2023 (this date could be changed, but those are the original plans). The film is still in the production phase and the script that began to be written in 2020 is already finished. However, to this date, it is not known what the cast of the film will be. It is also known that the film will be released in theaters and it will not only be for streaming platforms. The director wants to make the film enjoyable on the big screen, so he assured that there will be a lot of tension and shock to experience in theaters.
Perhaps the movie will be released around Halloween next year because of its horror and suspense theme, but if we compare it with the other movies in the game, they have been released in summer or spring. What will really determine the date is the start of filming and the resources allocated to special effects.
Both Christophe Gans and producer Victor Hadida confirmed that this new movie is not a sequel to the 2006 film. This project will be a new version of Silent Hill. Hadida confirmed that it is a new universe.
The video game Silent Hill released in 1999 is a horror anthology media franchise that includes a series of survival horror games created by Keiichiro Toyama and published by Konami. The first video games (Silent Hill, Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill 3, and Silent Hill 4: The Room) were developed by the group Team Silent.
All the plots of the series except Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and The Room have a common characteristic, the setting, which is this foggy rural American town of Silent Hill, which is a fictional location set in the northeastern United States. Some games mention the town is located in Maine, yet in the filming, the town is set in West Virginia. The series’ characters experience a dark alteration of reality known as the “Otherworld”. This causes the character to experience delusions, and encounter tangible symbols of elements from their unconscious minds. What origins these delusions is a malevolent power native to Silent Hill. In video games, the player has a third-person view where every character has access to different melee weapons and firearms and also features hand-to-hand combat.
We already know that the saga will return at some point in 2023 with the movie Return to Silent Hill and what a good way to relive it for both movie fans and the gaming community who have enjoyed these games since the beginning of the Silent Hill saga.