[Update: Silent Hill: Revelation WILL be a direct sequel - the original cast is returning. Details Shortly.]
Davis Films put out a press release that names two rising young stars as the leads in the upcoming Silent Hill sequel, aptly titled Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, which is being directed by Michael Bassett (Solomon Kane).
Adelaide Clemens (Wolverine) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) will be headlining Silent Hill 2, with Clemens playing the protagonist of the film. No specific word on who Harington is playing, though he too is being described as a 'headliner' of the film.
For those unfamiliar, Silent Hill was a 2006 movie based off the popular survival horror video game franchise. The film version was a slightly altered version of the first game's premise, in which a mother and her daughter come to the mysterious town of Silent Hill trying to explain the daughter's horrific nightmares about the strange town. When the daughter gets lost, the mother goes searching for her, uncovering a dark secret that involves witches, cults, demons and darkness spouted from the very mouth of Hell itself.
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D will not be a direct sequel to the first, but will instead spin a new tale set within the wicked setting of the titular town. Check out the film's official synopsis:
For years, Heather Mason (Clemens, pictured above) and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever.
Given the premise of the new film and the events of the first film, it's clear there will be some narrative threads that weave these two installments together. The first film's strongest suit was definitely its nightmarish vision of what Hell on Earth looks like, and the terrifying monsters it brought to life onscreen.
While the lead actors are far from what you would call "household names" - though Harington's role in HBO's Game of Thrones and Clemens' role in Mad Max: Fury Road could soon change that - their presence in the film will undoubtedly take a backseat to the real selling point of the movie: the 3D visuals.
Of course, Solomon Kane wasn't exactly a smash hit for director Michael Bassett, so here's hoping that he can realize the evil of Silent Hill in the same impressive way that director Christophe Gans did in the first film - and in 3D worthy of the increased ticket price, to boot.
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is headed into production and is tentatively slated for release later in 2011.
Source: Davis Films