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Producer Says Silent Hill 2 Might Still Be a Long Ways Out

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November 19, 2009
Source: ShockTillYouDrop

Silent Hill

If there's one thing that will stop a movie dead in its tracks, it's one of the filmmakers being sent to prison. Such is the case with the developing horror sequel Silent Hill 2. While a sequel might not seem necessary or even desired, certain fansĀ and, of course, the producers feel otherwise. Despite the delay caused by writer Roger Avary's imprisonment, make-up effects designer Paul Jones was still pumped for Silent Hill 2 just last week and it sounded like Avary was still on board. Now producer Don Carmody has shared some new info about the pending sequel with ShockTillYouDrop, and it's quite interesting to hear what he has to say.

Right from the get-go, Carmody says, "Well, we have had a bit of a hiccup with Roger. We're just debating whether we can wait for him. He's writing the script for sure." But while we're waiting to hear if Avary will be out of prison by the time they decide to go into production, Carmody did have some details regarding the direction the story was taking:

"I think we need to make it a little more accessible to the movie-going public. 'Silent Hill' is not a blockbuster game like 'Resident Evil' or the other games out there. It's a connoisseurs' game. It has its own, rabid fan base. They're not cheap, these things. You have to appeal not only to the gamers, you have to appeal to a wider audience. So we have to get some story in there that helps explain a bit more. I think that's all happening. Of course, [the story] is going to happen years later and the main character - without giving too much away - is much older and representative to the movie-going public which is in that age group."

But since actress Radha Mitchell (from the first Silent Hill) has not yet officially signed on to return, we'll have to see how this works out. And as far as making the film more accessible, it sounds like what made this film appealing and enjoyable to fans was the extreme violence and gore, and so trying to appeal to a wider audience is going to hurt those elements (it'll probably be PG-13). In addition, fans who want more of the same might not get that, as Carmody says director Christophe Gans doesn't seem interested in returning. "I don't think he wants to come back. He'll have some input for sure. In his mind, I think he wanted to do the first one and for this he's very happy to consult, but I think he wants to direct something new."

So until we hear anything else, we're not exactly sure how likely it is that this sequel will come to fruition. Since I haven't had a chance to sit down and watch Silent Hill, I don't particularly have an invested interest in its sequel, but I'm sure plenty others have an opinion or two about it. Who should direct instead?

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  • nelson
    Juan Antonio Bayona
  • xerxex
    so his mistake is causing us to suffer! lol. hmm I can wait.
  • Janny
    what has me worried is them trying to appeal to a wider audience... what made the first movie so effective was the adherence to the mood and feel of the games... I personally enjoyed the first movie, and I would be hard pressed to name a game adaptation up to date that was both as faithful and as good of a movie as silent hill. the only movies that did a decent job were resident evil 1 and mortal kombat 1, hitman was ok... other than that the best game to movie adaptation has been Street fighter II: The animated movie and as a point of reference bad game adaptations off the top of my head: max payne, doom, live action street figher, etc... and of corse anything by uwe boll (granted postal was sort of funny)
  • nelson
    well the change may be because the film cost 50 million to make and it only made back 46
  • DRM
    Silent Hill 2 was and is still the best game in the series. But that story was a stand-alone one that pretty much had almost nothing to do with the greater Silent Hill mythology. There was originally hope that the movie-sequel would use an adopted story based on Silent Hill 2, but if they're concerned about explaining more about the history of the town, then it looks like that's no longer the case. Which sucks, because by itself a movie based just on Silent Hill 2 would be amazing. It's one the most deep and cinematic gaming experiences I've ever had.
  • Lolly
    Um...the problem is that Silent Hill can very easily rub a lot of people the wrong way because of how bold and unyielding it is. I just dont see how you can change it to fit larger audiences without taking away what makes it beautiful and frightening.
  • amanda
    I have been following the return of silent hill for quite A long time now, SILENT HILL is my favorite movie, not only because of the beautiful gore and violance but also the depth of evil that makes it taboo I dont see how it could be made to fit a bigger audience or why they would even want to.

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