Now that shooting on the movie version of Konami's survival horror classic Silent Hill has begun, we have all the cast and crew news as well as the first few images from the filming location.
The transfer from game to movie has proved a passionate and often disturbing affair which often leaves everyone involved disappointed. The most controversial aspect of any such transfer is, of course, the people involved. An example of how things can go wrong is the involvement of Uwe Boll in movies such as Alone in the Dark and now, unfortunately in the forthcoming movie adaptations of Far Cry and Bloodrayne. An example of how the mention of a decent name can bring elation is the recent stories suggesting that Ridley Scott may direct the Halo movie.
It seems that Konami may have gone that one step further however, as it has decided to use promising new names for its transition to the silver screen. The story has been penned by Roger Avary (Killing Zoe and co-writer of Pulp Fiction), and the movie will be directed by Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf). The director's name may not mean much to most but anyone who has witnessed Brotherhood of the Wolf will be happy to confirm that Mr. Gans knows how to create a tense and engaging atmosphere, a prerequisite for a good Silent Hill movie. the power of gamers has played a central role in the Silent Hill movie story as producers initially wanted to name it Centralia but had to change back to Silent Hill after intense gamer reaction.
In the movie, a woman (Radha Mitchell from Pitch Black) finds herself trapped in an alternate reality as she tries to save her dying daughter, Sharon, from the demon-filled world.
Rose will try anything to save her dying child and ends up in the eerie ghost-town of Silent Hill when her trip to see a faith-healer goes wrong. Laurie Holden is Cybill, the police officer helping Rose, while the role of Sharon is being filled by 10-year-old Jodelle Ferland. Deborah Kerr Unger is Dahlia, a witch-like character.
The movie also includes British Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean (Boromir) and Canadian Kim Coates.
Silent Hill's suriviving inhabitants are also trapped and fighting a losing battle against the forces of Darkness. To save her daughter, Sharon makes a deal with a demon in the form of a little girl...
The Silent Hill movie is being shot in Colborne Street, Brantford, Canada and will be released by Tri-Star Pictures in the U.S. in 2006.