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