French filmmaker Christophe Gans has revealed that development has begun on two game-to-film adaptations, one of which is a third “Silent Hill” film based on the celebrated video game series.
Gans helmed the 2006 original film adaptation which has grown a cult audience since its release, however he handed the second film over to new writer and director Michael J. Bassett with that 2012 follow-up not well received and which Gans admits he never saw.
In an interview with Allocine, Gans revealed he and producer Victor Hadida are working on the two game-to-film adaptations. The first is “Project Zero” (aka. “Fatal Frame”), a haunted house tale which will take place in Japan.
He then says: “we’re also working on a new Silent Hill. The project will always be anchored in this atmosphere of a small American town, ravaged by Puritanism. I think it’s time to make a new one.”
The exciting news is tempered by the sad news that the stalled “Corto Maltese” film, based on the celebrated comic, is “permanently cancelled”. Gans says the project fell apart in the final stages of funding with pre-production already underway, and the problem now is the rights are distributed among several heirs – making them difficult to get.