Return to Silent Hill, the movie adaptation of the iconic Konami video game Silent Hill 2, will officially begin filming next month. The live-action adaptation will be helmed by Christophe Gans who previously directed 2006’s Silent Hill movie. The project has finally landed on its two leading roles: Jeremy Irvine has been cast as protagonist James Sunderland while Hannah Emily Anderson will play his wife, Mary. A synopsis of the movie has also been revealed.
Deadline reports that Return to Silent Hill will begin filming next month in Germany and Eastern Europe. Irvine, best known for movies like War Horse and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, will portray James Sunderland, the main character of Silent Hill 2. Anderson, who previously appeared in Jigsaw, will play his wife Mary and presumably her doppelganger, Maria.
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An official synopsis of Return to Silent Hill was also revealed:
“When a mysterious letter calls him back to Silent Hill in search of her, he finds a once-recognizable town transformed by an unknown evil. As James descends deeper into the darkness, he encounters terrifying figures both familiar and new and begins to question his own sanity as he struggles to make sense of reality and hold on long enough to save his lost love.”
Gans provided a statement on his approach to the adaptation, calling Return to Silent Hill a love story – and certainly one of the most twisted ones in entertainment history. “Return to Silent Hill is a mythological love story about someone so deeply in love, they’re willing to go to hell to save someone,” said Gans. He added:
“I’m delighted to have the wonderful talents of both Jeremy Irvine and Hannah Emily Anderson take us on this journey into a psychological horror world that I hope will both satisfy and surprise fans of Silent Hill.”
Producer Victor Hadida teased that the movie adaptation will remain very faithful to Silent Hill 2 but we may see some new monster designs in addition to iconic figures like Pyramid Head.
The first Silent Hill movie was praised for capturing the off-kilter tone and atmosphere of Konami’s games and remains, in my opinion, one of the best video game movies ever made.