Michael J. Bassett Describes Silent Hill 2
11.10.10 by Ryan
Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane) was recently announced as the director of Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, the sequel to 2006's Silent Hill, at the American Film Market. The brief synopsis for the sequel that was revealed with the announcement seemed to hint that Revelation would follow the story of the Silent Hill 3 video game, something that Bassett confirmed in an interview with Empire.
It's early days, and I'm keeping details of the plot secret for now, but it's going to be a sequel to the first film whilst trying to remain true to the plot of game 3, and will also work as a stand-alone movie for people who don't know the series.
Bassett will not only take over directing for Christophe Gans, who decided not to return for Revelation, but also Silent Hill screenwriter Roger Avary, who has reportedly penned a draft of the screenplay despite being incarcerated. Bassett admits he had to do quite a bit of research in order to write the script.
It was a real challenge writing it and I spent a long time revisiting the games and reading just about every little piece of material I could find on the mythology. Of course, my choices may not please everyone, but the ambition is to give the audience a twisted, intense and terrifying experience, following a really interesting story, anchored by a terrific cast giving great performances. It's more than you get from most horror movies these days, I know, but I figure why not aim high and try to bring a bit of quality back to a genre that's rarely treated with respect?
Bassett mentioned on his personal website that he "loves the games" as well as the original movie, particularly how Gans and his team "managed to capture the look and feel of the world."
I say, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, so I’m bringing back as many of that core creative team as I can — but I’m probably going to bring just a little more darkness and fear into the mix as well. I love the complex mythology and psychological twists that Konami created so will do my best honor that aspect too. I’m determined to deliver a film that builds on the qualities of the first film and draws on the best aspects of the games whilst giving the audience more nuanced characters, a compelling story and introducing some terrifying new monsters (as well as bringing back a few favorites) and, most important of all… just scaring the sh*t out of everyone.
Shooting on Silent Hill: Revelation 3D begins this winter in Toronto.