Christophe Gans, director of the film Silent Hill (2006), was recently interviewed by Filmo et Ludo de France. (opens in a new tab). Although Gans was not involved in 2012’s Silent Hill: Revelations, he previously claimed to be returning for another Silent Hill film, and told Movie and Game that it will be part of a larger Silent Hill push by Konami.
Gans said, via a translation by Resetera user Angie (opens in a new tab)that “there are several games in development as we speak, there are several teams on it, with a large range of games” and that “[Konami] will revive the franchise, I think they were really impressed with the success of the Resident Evil remakes, which are obviously exceptional games.”
When the interviewer brings up the rumor that Bloober Team, the studio behind Layers of Fear and The Medium, is working on a remake of Silent Hill 2, (at the 17.14 mark of the interview (opens in a new tab)), Gans simply nods. In response to a question about who else is working on these games, he replies, “there are several teams.”
We’ve previously seen leaked art of what is believed to be Bloober Team’s proposal for a remake of Silent Hill 2. The studio’s CEO didn’t deny the rumors, saying, “We can’t comment on anything we do because we appreciate our relationship with our partners.” We’ve also seen leaked art from a new Silent Hill game that was quickly hit by a Konami copyright strike, and something called Silent Hill: The Short Message appeared on a Korean rating site.
Indie publisher Annapurna Interactive has reportedly been in talks with Konami, and, perhaps motivated by wishful thinking, some fans are convinced members of Team Silent who worked on the original games as composer/sound designer Akira Yamaoka and Masahiro Ito and art director and monster designer. Masahiro Ito is also involved in a new Silent Hill project.
On the subject of his own return to Silent Hill, Gans said, “In this second film, I’m going to try to explain that Silent Hill is a place that owes as much to the creatures that live there as what we project onto the city. So I’m going to go in something much more psychological and much more psychoanalytic to try to understand that Silent Hill is not only this strange labyrinth that changes its shape, but also the projection of tortured and tormented souls and sometimes of extremely paradoxical feelings that can be between crazy love and violence.”
Gans previously directed Brotherhood of the Wolf, a fun martial arts/action/horror film set in the 18th century and featuring some great tricorne hats. If he is to direct another video game adaptation, I think he would be a much better match for a Bloodborne movie itself.