Having delivered one of the better video game adaptations with the original 2006 film, director Chirstophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf) announced his Return to Silent Hill back in October of last year, and now comes official word on the film ahead of its production start in April.
Return to Silent Hill, the third entry in the Silent Hill film series following the 2006 film and its M.J. Bassett-directed 2012 sequel Silent Hill: Revelation, will be based upon the Silent Hill 2 video game and set to star Jeremy Irvine (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and Hannah Emily Anderson (X-Men: Dark Phoenix), with Gans directed from a script he’s written by Sandra Vo-Anh (Beauty and the Beast) and William Josef Schneider. The official synopsis reads:
Return to Silent Hill follows James, a man broken after being separated from his one true love. When a mysterious letter calls him back to Silent Hill in search of her, he finds a once-recognizable town transformed by an unknown evil. As James descends deeper into the darkness, he encounters terrifying figures both familiar and new and begins to question his own sanity as he struggles to make sense of reality and hold on long enough to save his lost love.
“Return to Silent Hill is a mythological love story about someone so deeply in love, they’re willing to go to hell to save someone,” said director Christophe Gans. “I’m delighted to have the wonderful talents of both Jeremy Irvine and Hannah Emily Anderson take us on this journey into a psychological horror world that I hope will both satisfy and surprise fans of Silent Hill.”
“Christophe and I have been working closely with our partners at Konami, as they update the video game, to also create a version of Silent Hill for the theatrical audiences of today,” said producer Victor Hadida. “You will still find the iconic monsters – but there will also be new designs. We are confident that this new film and Konami’s updated game together will propel the Silent Hill franchise forward for years to come.”
Filming on Return to Silent Hill will take place in Germany and Eastern Europe, beginning in April.