According to new rumors spreading online, Fatal Frame and Silent Hill movie adaptations could be on the way. The project is apparently being led by Christophe Gans, who directed the first Silent Hill film released back in 2006. The rumor was sparked by a report from Allocine, with a French translation provided by Rely on Horror.
It would be great to see more faithful recreations of these iconic games. The Silent Hill films were a huge disappointment for fans, mostly due to them failing to capture the proper tone and style. Granted, they did not make the same mistakes the Monster Hunter film is about to make by shoehorning in unwitting connections to the real world, but fans of the game series still found problems.
The project is also being supported by an executive producer of Silent Hill and the Resident Evil movie series’ so there is a fair amount of game to film experience here. The tone and setting of the Silent Hill project are described as “anchored in this atmosphere of a small American town, ravaged by Puritanism,” and the team is looking to keep a consistently atmospheric and immersive tone throughout.
The director of the first Silent Hill movie views it as a “beautiful memory” and feels “a great sense of satisfaction” when thinking of it. Hopefully, that love comes through in the final project. I know plenty of fans will be excited to see how this project turns out.
Going back to the Fatal Frame film, details are a bit murkier. The filmmaker has said that he doesn’t want to just shove in a new setting by taking the film outside of Japan and setting it in Europe or North America. “I especially don’t want to uproot the game from its Japanese haunted house setting,” said Gans, who is also helming this project.