The line separating the movie and game industries, previously dubbed "blurred," is now a full-on smudge. With Silent Hill ready for release this April, hot on the heels of January's BloodRayne, film adaptations of games are becoming commonplace, particularly in the action-horror genre.
The latest interactive spookfest on course to make a splash on the big screen is Sony's Siren. Ghost House Pictures, led by director Sam Raimi (both Spider-Man films, the Evil Dead franchise) and producer Robert Tapert (The Grudge, Xena: Warrior Princess), has purchased the game-to-movie rights from Sony, according to movie trade Variety (subscription required).
No director or cast has been attached to the movie yet. Penning the screenplay will be Michael Gordon, author of Warner Bros.' upcoming 300, based on the Frank Miller graphic novel. Joining Raimi and Tapert on production duties will be Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment (The Grudge, The Ring 2), and Ted Adams and Rick Privman will executive-produce.
In the movie, an American medical student will search for her missing sister in Japan. Her investigations lead her to the village of Hanuda, where evil has taken hold of its citizens. Shooting is expected to begin this year.
Siren was originally released in Japan in late 2003 on the PlayStation 2, with the North American version hitting stores in April 2004. A sequel, Siren 2, is scheduled for release later this year. For more information on Siren read GameSpot's review.