RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE 3D Producers Re-Teaming for SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D

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The producing team that helped bring audiences Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D are revisiting another video game franchise.  According to a press release we received today, Samuel Hadida and Don Carmody will produce Silent Hill: Revelation 3D from a script by writer/director Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane).  Per the release, the film is currently in pre-production with filming to begin in the Toronto area this winter.

Hadida and Carmody also co-produced 2006′s Silent Hill starring Radha Mitchell.  As a fan of Konami’s franchise (Note: I still refuse to play the first two installments without every light in the house on), I was in the theater during that film’s opening weekend.  Though I found it visually appealing, in my opinion, Christophe Gans’ take lacked the scares, moodiness, and overall engaging storyline presented in the games.  Nevertheless, with that memory now four years behind me, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in seeing how Revelation shapes up.  For more info on Silent Hill‘s newest silver screen iteration, hit the jump for the full press release which just so happens to include some basic plot info on the film as well as quotes from Hadida and Carmody.

Here’s the full press release:

SAMUEL HADIDA AND DON CARMODY TO PRODUCE “SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D”

BASED ON THE BEST SELLING KONAMI VIDEOGAME FRANCHISE,

MICHAEL J. BASSETT TO HELM FROM HIS OWN SCREENPLAY

Los Angeles, California – November 5, 2010: Fresh off their $270M+ box office sensation Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D, producers Samuel Hadida and Don Carmody have re-teamed to create Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, which is currently in pre-production.  Silent Hill:  Revelation 3D will also reunite Davis Films producer Hadida with Michael J. Bassett (Deathwatch, Solomon Kane), who will direct the 3D film on location this winter in the Toronto area. International sales are being handled by Lionsgate at the upcoming AFM.

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, based on the acclaimed survival horror videogame franchise by KONAMI , is a sequel to Hadida and Carmody’s earlier collaboration, Christophe Gans’ Silent Hill.  For years, Heather Mason 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.

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Hadida said: “We have high expectations for this continuation of the franchise with our reunited Silent Hill production team. Michael was our natural choice to write and direct.  He understands the genre, is passionate about the Silent Hill franchise, and will bring his considerable action picture skills to a fresh and thrilling insight of the Silent Hill 3D world.”

Hadida noted further, “We are especially excited about our renewed collaboration with KONAMI.  KONAMI’S sustained success with the seven video games published to date is unique testament to the ongoing appeal of this property”.

Carmody added:Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D, Paranormal Activity 2, and Saw 3D show that global audiences have a continued thirst for the horror action genre.  Silent Hill, like Resident Evil before it, is a beloved videogame, now becomes a successful film franchise that both encompasses and transcends the game world.”

“We are pleased to  partner with  Samuel and Don again to bring a new Silent Hill experience to the silver screen.” Said Careen Yapp, Vice President  of KONAMI  . Just as the franchise has evolved, we’re confident Silent Hill Revelation 3D will bring a new Silent Hill story that is both frightening and engaging.   Their sensitivity to  our loyal, avid, global community of fans  will make for an amazing 3D experience!”

Hadida and Carmody most recently produced Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter,  and Wentworth Miller.  Past collaborations include Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

Robert E. Howard’s Solomon Kane marked screenwriter and director Michael J. Bassett’s  last  feature film.  He made his debut with Deathwatch, an atmospheric horror movie set in the trenches of World War I which starred Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis.

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About Davis Films

Davis Films, based in Paris and Los Angeles, is one of the world’s leading independent production companies and has been directly involved in the production of over forty feature films. Along with leading French distributor Metropolitan FilmExport, Davis Films is owned and managed by Samuel and Victor Hadida.

Hadida’s first production was Tony Scott’s True Romance, which was based on a script by Quentin Tarantino. Hadida recently announced that he’s teaming up with Scott for a third time on a crime thriller starring Academy Award Nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Iron Man 2, The Expendables).  Davis is also known for its successful adaptations of Japanese media, including Crying Freeman, with Christophe Gans directing, the Resident Evil franchise, and Silent Hill, also directed by Gans.

About KONAMI

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties. Konami’s titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami can be found at http://www.konami.com.

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  • colin

    as an obsessed silent hill fan, let me be the first to say that i am very skeptical about this news. while i am happy that they are going with a Silent Hill 3-ish story line, i DO NOT want to see the next movie from the people who bought us Resident Evil Afterlife. That movie was the biggest piece of sh*t i saw all year. It was the lowest point in a series which has had several low points. Silent Hill 1 was a beautifully crafted film which as only grown on me with time (and even converted my gf into a Silent Hill fan, games, music and all). Yes, it was a bit convoluted in narrative (like the games) but it got the job done atmospherically and THAT is why people play silent hill games. The mere fact that SH2 will be in 3D means that the filmmakers are sacrificing subtle atmosphere for in your face scare tactics. i really hope they prove me wrong though.

    • http://www.collider.com Jason Barr

      Thanks for reading, Colin.

      I will agree that Gans’ film did a solid job of recreating the atmosphere SH is known for. That said, it’s yet to really grow on me over the years. The narrative becomes such a mess in the final act that it just loses me.

      When it comes to 3D, I’m in a perpetual state of skepticism . That said, I’m with you in hoping Revelation is a pleasant surprise.

      • colin

        Not sure if you are familiar with Fanedits, but there is supposed to be a great one for Silent Hill. http://fanedit.org/11292/ . I got it a few weeks ago but haven’t had a chance to watch it yet although I am very much looking forward to doing so.

        I think that SH was a film that would greatly benefit from some major readjustments. Apparently this new editor took out the entire Chris (Rose’s husband) storyline and reworked a ton of stuff including how the film ends. Sounds intriguing since the games’ story line kinda works DUE to the general ambiguity. Some stories work better when they are barely there, know what i mean?

      • http://www.collider.com Jason Barr

        This looks interesting and I definitely like the idea of dropping some of the film’s narrative “deadweight.” Thanks for the heads up!

      • Angmal

        Losing Sean Bean and his terribly unconvincing accent would certainly improve the movie, I’d imagine.

        On another note, I wish Bassett was making Solomon Kane 2 instead of this. Did it ever come out in the US, or is it still waiting for a distributor to pick it up?

  • Alex

    The producers of Afterlife didn’t have jack to do with that film. That was all Anderson.

    If they think they can try what Afterlife had with Silent Hill they are dead wrong.

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  • Anonymous

    I have been desiring another Silent Hill for years and I am glad the Franchise is getting another movie. I was really into Solomon Kane( though I didn’t get to finish it) and I would have loved to see a direct sequel. 3D is such a waste in many movies that are unable to utilize the tech to really justify the added ticket price. I will reserve final judgment of course, but I hope the story isn’t sacrificed to give us loads of jump scares.

  • http://twitter.com/ketling Ketling Ambriz

    First Silent Hill film kinda rocked. All Resident Evil movies kinda sucked.

  • http://senzafineonline.net/ Yahzee

    WHAT!!!??? it’s April’s Fool or what!! I wan Chrsitophe Gans back on board… don’t ruin this franchise!! We already lost Akira Yamaoka for chrissake!!

    • colin

      they will just use all the old silent hill music by Yamaoka since they have the Silent Hill license of course. and was it confirmed that he would have nothing to do with future silent hill films?

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  • Collin V.

    awesome I’m a fan of the first film, can’t wait to see what they do with the second film!

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  • Wombat2112

    The silent hill movie was an odd duck. I’m a diehard silent hill fan, and I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a movie get so much right and so much wrong in the same film. I’m willing to let Gans have a crack at SH2, but with a more faithful script. Done up right, Marias death will scar people for life.

  • Andoc77

    Keep Anderson away from this and it might turn out to be good, Solomon Kane was well made and if Basset directs this it should be at least decent.

  • The.Watcher

    i actually really liked the silent hill movie, but maybe cos i was going in with absolutely no expectations and came away pleasantly surprised. i still think it’s the best video game adaptation we’ve seen yet.

  • The.Watcher

    i actually really liked the silent hill movie, but maybe cos i was going in with absolutely no expectations and came away pleasantly surprised. i still think it’s the best video game adaptation we’ve seen yet.

  • Michael

    How to make a Silent Hill film: The key is the protagonist, everything has to revolve around that character from plot to the monsters. The story cannot borrow these from the games unless they are trying to remake SH2 into a film (good luck with that). There should be no Pyramid Head unless there is a James Sunderland, because Pyramid Head IS Jame Sunderland. It’s all his sexual frustration and aggression (his iD taken on grotesque life). If you are going with a main character outside of cannon, the setting, the plot, and the creatures will have to be unique to the protagonist to be effective. The film has to shine a light onto the darkest reaches of the characters soul and then display it for the all the world to see.

    Following that: NO CGI! Its expensive, and 99% of the time you can tell it is a special effect which completely takes you out of the moment. The monsters have to real and visceral. Clever directing, make up, and cinematography can turn actors and puppetry into incredibly creepy abominations. Take a man and cover him in an arm binding and slimy suit , film him at a slightly faster speed, at the the right angle, with guttural sound effects, and atmosphere, it will make you wet your pants.

    Finally, employ Akira Yamoaka to compose for the film. He is a master of using music to manipulate the audience, extracting negative emotion with every clang and chime. Signing him on to compose the soundtrack will have the entire game fanbase in the theaters to check it, guaranteed.

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