Last week it was announced that Silent Hill: Revelation 3D would be moving forward with Michael J. Bassett as director. The prospect of a sequel to a mildly successful horror film (which I enjoyed) wasn’t really appealing as it would probably be a step down from the first, but Bassett has spoken for the first time about his plans, and he seem to know what he’s doing.
From the Basset’s official blog:
I love the games and was a huge admirer of the first film. Especially how Christophe Gans and his team managed to capture the look and feel of the world. I say, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, so I’m bringing back as many of that core creative team as I can – but I’m probably going to bring just a little more darkness and fear into the mix as well. I love the complex mythology and psychological twists that Konami created so will do my best honour that aspect too.
I’m determined to deliver a film that builds on the qualities of the first film and draws on the best aspects of the games whilst giving the audience more nuanced characters, a compelling story and introducing some terrifying new monsters (as well as bringing back a few favourites) and, most important of all… just scaring the shit out of everyone.
Bassett also told Empire:
Of course, my choices may not please everyone, but the ambition is to give the audience a twisted, intense and terrifying experience, following a really interesting story, anchored by a terrific cast giving great performances. It’s more than you get from most horror movies these days, I know, but I figure why not aim high and try to bring a bit of quality back to a genre that’s rarely treated with respect?”
Ambitious words there. Saying something is one thing, but actually following it through is another. I hope he succeeds though.
The sequel follows Heather Mason, along with her father, who 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 horrific 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.
No cast has been confirmed yet, but as filming is expected to begin before the end of the year we should hear news soon.