More than a decade since directing the first live-action adaptation of Silent Hill, The deadline brings word that French filmmaker Christophe Gans has officially returned to the horror franchise to helm the upcoming reboot titled. Return to Silent Hill. Jeremy Irvine (Great Expectations) and Hannah Emily Anderson (Jigsaw) has been tapped for the lead roles of James and Mary in the new film adaptation of the hit video game series of the same name.
Return to Silent Hill will be based on the popular 2001 Konami game Silent Hill 2, which centers on a widower’s journey through the titular evil town in hopes of finding his missing wife. It was written by Gans, Sandra Vo-Anh, and William Josef Schneider. Production is expected to begin next month in Germany and Eastern Europe.
“The film will follow James (Irvine), a man broken after being separated from his one true love (Anderson),” reads the synopsis. “When a mysterious letter calls him back to Silent Hill to find him, he finds a familiar town transformed by an unknown evil. As James descends deeper into the darkness, he encounters the terrifying people familiar and new and begins to question his own sanity as he struggles to understand the truth and move on enough to save a lost love.
The reboot is being produced by Victor Hadida for Davis Films with Molly Hassell and David Wulf for Hassell Free Productions. Gans first adapted the play in 2006, starring Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Jodelle Ferland, Laurie Holden, and Alice Krige. It was followed by Silent Hill: Revelation in 2012, which served as a direct sequel to the first film.