Love him or hate him, but Christophe Gans, the guy behind the Silent Hill film, is helming the movie adaptation of Capcom’s Onimusha. This comes from IGN, as they report that Gans will direct the film for Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films, the production company behind both Silent Hill and Brotherhood of the Wolf, both Gans’ films.
As per their report, the film has a staggering budget of $70 million and is being shopped around to prospective buyers, with several studios showing interest. The movie has been penned by Leslie Kruger and John Collee (Master and Commander), and filming is set to begin in China next February for a late 2009 release.
Dark Horizons reports that Roger Avary and fantasy author Neil Gaiman will team up to write Silent Hill 2. This comes from an interview with Christophe Gans on DVD Rama, a French site, who states that Avary will work on the project after he completes his work on the Driver script.
Christophe Gans is currently working on a live-action Onimusha adaptation, and as per the article, may or may not work on the Silent Hill sequel.
Update: Neil Gaiman has refuted his relationship with the project through a post in his blog. He states that this is a discredited internet rumor, but does not blow out the possibility of him working on the project if an offer is given.
To coincide with the upcoming Silent Hill movie (which is looking pretty good), Konami has announced that Europe will be receiving The Silent Hill Collection – a special limited box set featuring the three PS2 games that inspired the upcoming Christophe Gans movie.
Due for release in April to coincide with the Silent Hill movie’s debut, The Silent Hill Collection comprises Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill 3, and Silent Hill 4: The Room, offering a massive overview of the games that redefined the horror genre. Each game is linked to the mysterious town of Silent Hill, a mist-covered and deserted place where misshapen creatures lurk in the shadows and abandoned buildings. It was first visited in the PSOne title of the same name in 1999, before the three sequels made the leap to PlayStation 2 and added larger play areas and more grotesque imagery to the game.
Each Silent Hill title follows a central character inextricably linked to the town. In Silent Hill 2, James Sunderland’s life is shattered when his young wife Mary suffers a tragic death. Three years later, a mysterious letter arrives from Mary, beckoning him to return to their sanctuary of memories, the dark realm of Silent Hill. Silent Hill 3, however, begins with a young girl called Heather innocently shopping in a sprawling mall, only to find herself transported to Silent Hill for reasons to tied to her childhood. Silent Hill 4: The Room is a more claustrophobic entry to the series. A young man called Henry Townshend finds himself trapped in his apartment and unable to contact anyone outside. A large portal has also appeared in his bathroom and inevitably leads him to Silent Hill – and a terrifying plot that could see the town’s inhuman denizens invading our dimension.
The games all use a potent mix of puzzle-solving, exploration and combat elements, while beautifully-realised cut scenes reveal new twists in the plot as the mystery of Silent Hill is developed. The three games also boast unique elements, too, with Silent Hill 3 featuring the gradual transformation of the shopping mall into the rotting locations of the town, while Henry’s flat in Silent Hill 4: The Room is also affected by the grime and visible decay as the town’s evil seeps through the portal.
The Collection will be released this April and will be priced at 45 Euros.