Updates on Silent Hill 2 & Paul W.S. Anderson's Three Musketeers
A few of our friends are currently up in Toronto visiting the set of Resident Evil: Afterlife, which is being directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, and they got some updates on various projects that he's either directing or producing. First up, STYD talked with special makeup effects designer Paul Jones about Silent Hill 2, which has been in development for a while. "It's going to be pretty crazy. There's a lot of cool stuff in there. Roger (Avary) has some awesome ideas and hopefully we're going to bring that to fruition sometime next year," Jones revealed. There's also another new update on Anderson's The Three Musteketeers 3D as well.
In regards to Silent Hill 2, our last update was in September, which is when we reported that writer Roger Avary and producer Samuel Hadida would both be back in their original roles. But besides that, we haven't heard about a start date or director or anything like that, but this update might be a good sign that it'll actually start shooting next year. Let's not forget that Roger Avary is still tweeting from prison, so I assume this will pick up once he gets released. In the meantime, we'll jump to another Paul W.S. Anderson project.
Producer Jeremy Bolt also talked to a few sites (ComingSoon, Collider, UGO) and confirmed that Paul W.S. Anderson himself would be directing The Three Musteketeers 3D. This project was also first announced in September and is supposed to be a modernized version of the classic Three Musketeers story, but still set in the 18th century. Bolt revealed that they're aiming to start shooting in September of 2010 with an $80+ million budget. It will be "an action film with romance and have a contemporary feel" and be shot in 3D. Also, the Musketeers will be "packing" weapons but they'll be "indicative of the time it's set in" (phew!).
I'm not really that excited for either of these projects, but maybe it's too early to even be excited anyway. And speaking of even more Paul W.S. Anderson projects, SpoilerTV has a casting breakdown for the Death Race prequel we first heard about in August. It's now supposedly titled Death Race: Frankenstein Lives and is looking to start shooting soon (I'm assuming after they finish Resident Evil: Afterlife). Though I'm wondering - is Paul W.S. Anderson getting better or worse at directing? Or should he just stop entirely?