Hot off this morning’s news that Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avary is in talks to direct the John Cusack-fronted thriller Airspace, Panorama Media and Samuel Hadida announced today that Avary will write and direct an adaptation of the video game franchise Castle Wolfenstein. The pic is described as an action-adventure film in the vein of Captain America and Inglourious Basterds (two very different movies) that centers on a top secret mission to Castle Wolfenstein where Hitler is set to unveil a new secret weapon. During their mission, a young US Army Captain and a British Special Agent are confronted with Himmler’s SS Paranormal Division.
The first Castle Wolfenstein game was launched in 1981 and has evolved considerably over the years, so it’ll be interesting to see what they incorporate into the film. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
For me, there are two seminal video game horror franchises: Resident Evil and Silent Hill. Both came out for the original PlayStation, and they each had a niche. Resident Evil was the haunted house story, and Silent Hill was the psychological horror. When it comes to their film adaptations, Resident Evil has veered wildly away from the original games, and also become a huge franchise. Meanwhile, Silent Hill was adapted in 2006, but it failed to leave an impression. This month, Director Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane) will try to bring the franchise back to life with Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. The film had a panel at this year’s New York Comic-Con with Bassett, producer Samuel Hadida (who also produced the first film), and stars Adelaide Clemens and Kit Harington.
Hit the jump for my recap of the panel for Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.
If you thought that Silent Hill tanking at the box office would be an impediment to a sequel, you would be exercising sound common sense, but you would also be wrong. Shooting Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, began today in Toronto with Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane) in the director’s chair. Adelaide Clements and Kit Harrington will star in the sequel that’s based on the popular video game of the same name. Here’s the synopsis:
For years, Heather Mason (Clemens) 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.
Hit the jump for the full press release as well as the first image from the film. Presumably, Silent Hill: Revelations will be released in theatres, although I think it would be cool to start seeing direct-to-3D-Blu-ray releases.
by Jason Barr Posted: November 5th, 2010 at 9:57 pm
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.
If there’s one thing I can’t get enough of these days it’s video game adaptations – because they’re all so incredibly amazing – and because everyone else in the world seems to share my feelings screenwriter Roger Avary and Samuel Hadida have signed on for a sequel to “Silent Hill,” the film adapted from the popular video game franchise in 2006. I’ll continue to be not-so-silent after the jump.