Konami's first crack at a Silent Hill film arrived in April 2006, and while it received a critical drubbing, its opening box office haul of $20 million wasn't too shabby. By the end of that year, director Christophe Gans and writer Roger Avary had indicated that a sequel would shortly follow, with Sandman graphic novel scribe Neil Gaiman also attached to the project. However, since then, little has been heard about the film.
Some four years on, it would appear as if the Silent Hill sequel remains in development. Reporting from the American Film Market conference, Fangoria relays that the film has been given an official title, Silent Hill: Revelation and will be filmed in 3D. It is currently in preproduction at Lionsgate, Konami, and Davis Films, with Samuel Hadida and Don Carmody filling producer roles.
Gans and Avary have also apparently been replaced as director and writer (notably, Avary's 2008 arrest was related to a fatal car wreck); the latter likely due to his 2008 vehicular manslaughter charge, for which he served time. Instead, Lionsgate and Konami have reportedly tapped Michael J. Bassett to write and direct. Bassett's previous directorial credits include 2002's World War I-set horror film Deathwatch and Robert E. Howard's action antihero Solomon Kane.
Fangoria also offered the first plot description for Revelation, one that indicates the film will follow the course of 2003's Silent Hill 3.
"For years, Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn't fully understand," the synopsis reads. "Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying 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."
As revealed during this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, the next gaming installment in the Silent Hill franchise is expected to arrive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2011.