Deadline has reported that Return to Silent Hill, the upcoming film adaptation of Silent Hill 2’s story, will commence filming in April and has cast its two main leads.
The film, directed and co-written by Christophe Gans (who directed the original and honestly pretty okay Silent Hill movie), will see James called to the town of Silent Hill in search of his “one true love” when things begin to unravel and he descends into a twisted reality.
Playing James will be Jeremy Irvine (The War Horse, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) alongside Hannah Emily Anderson (Jigsaw, The Purge).
“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. “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.”
The film’s producer, Victor Hadida, says that the film is being developed alongside Konami and Bloober Team’s upcoming remake of Silent Hill 2 and other in-development games in the series, with the goal to generate buzz around the Silent Hill property as multiple projects release.
“Christophe and I have been working closely with our partners at Konami, as they update the video game, to also create a version of Silent Hill for the theatrical audiences of today,” explained Hadida. “You will still find the iconic monsters – but there will also be new designs. We are confident that this new film and Konami’s updated game together will propel the franchise forward for years to come.”