While the 2006 film adaptation of the Silent Hill video game series was by no means a bomb, it came just short of doubling (re: fully recouping) its $50 million budget in theaters, and was kind of a critical bust, to top it off. That accounts for why the sequel, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, has been languishing a bit since shooting and post-production were completed.
Now that Open Road Films has officially acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the next installment in the video game-based horror/thriller franchise, Revelation is prepped to hit theaters this fall around (when else?) Halloween - specifically on October 26th.
The Silent Hill: Revelation 3D cast includes returning players from its predecessor, namely Radha Mitchell, Deborah Kara Unger and Sean Bean. Revelation also reunites Bean with his former Game of Thrones costar Kit Harington, along with such familiar faces as Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell - and Aussie actress Adelaide Clemens (Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji, Love My Way), who's essentially an unknown here in the States.
Here is an official synopsis for the film (from the press release):
In SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D, Heather Mason (Clemens) and her father (Bean) have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. On the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific 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 forever.
Revelation writer/director Michael J. Bassett (Deathwatch, Solomon Kane) previously said the sequel "builds on the qualities" of the first Silent Hill flick - as opposed to re-inventing or partially revamping the franchise (a la this summer's G.I. Joe 2). Considering how just about every other sequel or new franchise installment released nowadays is propped up as a reboot, Bassett's approach is kind of refreshing and unusual.
Of course, whether or not Bassett can actually deliver a sequel that's more compelling, nuanced, and spooky than the first Silent Hill movie - that's another matter. The filmmaker's mixed resume - coupled with the way this movie's been drifting around, unable to attract an official distributor before now - doesn't inspire loads of confidence. Still, best we wait and see some actual footage before passing further judgement...
As mentioned before, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D arrives in U.S. theaters (2D and 3D) on October 26, 2012.
Source: Open Road Films