‘Silent Hill 3D: Revelation’ Director Talks About Improving the Sequel

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 2nd, 2013 at 5:54 am,

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Last week it was confirmed that the long-gestating Silent Hill sequel – now titled Silent Hill 3D: Revelation – was finally moving forward and that Solomon Kane director Michael J. Bassett would be taking the reins.

It was also revealed that the film’s main character would be Heather Mason, the protagonist of the Silent Hill 3 video game. While a direct adaptation of that particular entry into Konami’s successful survival horror franchise is unlikely, the premise of Silent Hill 3D: Revelation is fairly similar: after being plagued with nightmares, a young woman is drawn to the eponymous town to uncover the truth about her father.

Although Bassett’s involvement was only recently announced, it sounds like he’s been involved with the project for quite some time. He recently took to his blog and indicated that the script for Silent Hill 3D: Revelation has already been finished:

“Finally, it’s been announced and I can say officially what I’ve been eager to share with you all for a little while now; I’ve written and am going to be directing the new Silent Hill movie.”

While fans of the games remain divided in their opinions of the previous film, the one element that seems to be universally praised is the unique look of that movie. Director Christophe Gans perfectly captured the atmosphere and tone of the Silent Hill universe and Bassett promises that he doesn’t intend to stray too far from what’s already been established:

“I love the games and was a huge admirer of the first film. Especially how Christophe Gans and his team managed to capture the look and feel of the world. I say, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, so I’m bringing back as many of that core creative team as I can – but I’m probably going to bring just a little more darkness and fear into the mix as well. I love the complex mythology and psychological twists that Konami created so will do my best honour that aspect too.”

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'Silent Hill 3D: Revelation' borrows heavily from the video game 'Silent Hill 3'.

Previous comments from producer Don Carmody had me worried that Silent Hill 3D: Revelation would be more of a reinvention than a true sequel, so Bassett’s desire to bring back the same team is actually pretty encouraging. I like Gans’ film quite a bit, but Roger Avary’s script prevents me from being able to say that I loved it. Luckily, it sounds like Bassett was taking notes about what worked in that film, and what didn’t:

“I’m determined to deliver a film that builds on the qualities of the first film and draws on the best aspects of the games whilst giving the audience more nuanced characters, a compelling story and introducing some terrifying new monsters (as well as bringing back a few favourites) and, most important of all… just scaring the s**t out of everyone.”

I’m still just a bit nervous about another Silent Hill movie, but at the very least Bassett’s heart seems to be in the right place. I’m not crazy about basing this new film on Silent Hill 3, but I do appreciate the desire to develop better defined characters and a more intriguing story. I did like Avary’s explanation of why the town was abandoned, but I found his other changes to be far less effective than the source material. Here’s hoping Bassett has a better take on it.

Expressing reverence for past films while promising something new is pretty much par for the course when any filmmaker takes on a sequel; however, I admit that I’m a little more receptive to the idea of Silent Hill 3D: Revelation than I was last week.  How about you?

Source: Michael J. Bassett’s blog.

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    • Given the connection between the first and third games, it will be interesting to see how or if they link the films. Apparently the subplot with Bean’s character was only added in because the studio demanded some male characters in a predominantly female cast. Sadly, you can tell it’s shoehorned in there as it adds so little to the overall story (in my opinion).

      But Bean was great as always and even though some mention of the first film’s events would be cool, I think it’s almost more haunting to just leave Rose’s story where they did.

      And I agree – the games are phenomenal. Haven’t played Homecoming or Shattered Memories yet. Team Silent’s departure from the series hasn’t made me that anxious to give them a look.

  1. This does kinda put my heart at ease a bit. Gans’ monsters and world was amazing, as was the reuse of Yamaoka’s soundtrack but the dialogue and flow was rather terrible in places. If this guy is true to his word I will be very pleased. No pointless cameos!

  2. I’m still nervous like Chris.

    Sure, his heart is in the right place but how about the 3D? I’d love to hear what he says about why he’s doing it and how he’s doing it…if it’s a 2D – 3D conversion, I’m out.
    Also, what about the rating. Is it going to be PG13? R? A hard R?

    I’m glad he’s ambitious and wants to do justice to the games and first film but I’m not sold just yet. A lot of crappy movies start out with having the “heart in the right place”.

      • Well, that’s some good news. But I don’t know if they’ll go through with it. This sequel is being developed as we speak and 3D still costs a ton of money to shoot in. Can this movie (budget) afford it? It’s not like the first was a success…

        I guess I’m playing devil’s advocate here. I just want them to do it right.

        It’d be really cool to see the infamous transformations of the world from the games done in real 3D

  3. there’s really no way that they could make a pg13 decent Silent Hill. not with the trademark disturbing visuals that go hand and hand with the games.
    I suppose more then anything i feel a bit weary of the whole 3d nonsense. Does anyone else feel like the 3d thing is the ONLY reason they’re bringing Silent hill back??? I hope they focus more on good story, interesting characters and disturbing psychological elements rather then cheesy 3d sight gags.

  4. I am just praying that basing the film on Silent Hill 3 is just smoke and mirrors – if they made the film based on Silent Hill 2 and did it right, it would be amazing!

    Great article btw, been waiting for some Silent Hill news for a while now! ;-p

    • I agree, Silent Hill 2 is a masterpiece. There’s no reason they couldn’t just take the characters and script of SH2 and make a movie. SH2 is the most highly regarded of the series, with good reason.

      I’ll still go see this one though, not expecting much. Hopefully it’s not a series of cameos and then cut to black.

  5. i’ve never played any of the games. i’m a fan of sean bean and Radha Mitchell, and because Christopher Gans directed Brotherhood Of The Wolf i went and saw it. creepfest extreme. i loved it thouroughly.

  6. Stop doing movies based on video games cuz they’re sucksss!!!

    • FAIL

  7. Im gonna hold my breath until the lead is cast because that will overall determine whether this will be a good scary adaptation or another cheesy scary 3D movie that hollywood has been plaguing us with. So if a good young actress is cast, like say Rachel Macadams or Carey Mulligan, which is highly unlikely, i just dont know what to say. I love the first film, it was the first rated R movie i saw when i turned 17, i have the dvd and its one of the few films i can watch over and over so, i dont kno what to think right now. The story for Silent Hill 2 would have been an awesome movie tho!

  8. Haven’t seen any more than clips from the 1st movie.. owing to lack of initial interest based on the movie poster. Just one of those things one sometimes deeply regrets. The 1st was soo over-the-top nightmarish and racey, I doubt there is another movie like it. I am a Radha Mitchell fan from her Pitch Black appearance and the clips made me change my mind. What I saw was wicked!

    Not being a prior fan of the video game, I am interested in seeing both pictures — and if there is any kind of ‘Revelation’ well.. that would be nice too!

  9. I seriously had a mental breakdown over this. I crave for a great film, a great movie adaptation of Silent Hill and i find it very interesting how the first film has aged ”well” in the sense that the reception of it was not great after it came out, though now, it’s okay. The standard ”one of the best game adaptations” isn’t really much to hold on because the movie wasn’t great by far, yet i agree on the visual and atmosphere part, which makes the movie okay in my eyes. But this one…man…you do see how, with all respect, M.J. Basset says nothing specific at all. It’s very vague undefined information. Second thing, you’re selling a movie with a ”3D” in the title. That sounds good as a selling point of any sort of movie? And my biggest complaint that leaves me heartbroken is the basic story structure. I just don’t see how you can make this interesting AGAIN, because it was not THAT interesting in the first place, even with SH1. Honestly, the only reason why SH elevated the whole storytelling was SH2 and i can admire the wish to leave that one the hell alone, but couldn’t you come up with something way more original or more intriguing that Heather Mason has darkness inside that she doesn’t fully understand? Dude, it’s been done before, several times and sure, that was good what they did there, setting the complex basis of the whole mystical town theme, but you can’t settle on that one story structure over and over again. No matter what you do, it still boils down to one single thing. The resurrection of godly entity, that was the main budging stone of the whole events that took place ever since the first game. It’s been DONE, okay, we all know who the main character is and that one IS by far the most interesting and most mysterious thing that there can be in a story about Silent Hill, the TOWN. The first movie didn’t take that approach and i think it was fine, opening up a way for people who have no idea what Silent Hill is about, but seriously, if this tiny plot synopsis of Revelations is a premonition, a really bad one, i’m just gonna die over this. Ugh, and bringing back the favourite monsters? Honestly? Do i even have to explain what that statement means? I don’t think so. Don’t get me wrong, i am very excited about this, but i feel like i’m gonna be drawn back in that horrible, horrible hole again. Just like when i went to see Max Payne. Eager, very eager for this one. Keep up the good job.