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Return to Silent Hill

Variety reports that a rough cut of Return to Silent Hill has been shown at Cannes

It’s an exciting time to be a Silent Hill fan. Kind of. With a remake of Silent Hill 2 on the horizon, and numerous other Silent Hill games in the works, we’re hopeful the series is back on track. But we could end up being let down. Now there’s news on the third Silent Hill film, too: Variety reports that a rough cut has just been shown at the Cannes Film Festival.

Return to Silent Hill has been directed by Christophe Gans, and is an adaptation of Silent Hill 2, which many people consider to be the best game in the Silent Hill series. Jeremy Irvine is set to star as James, a man who travels to Silent Hill upon receiving a letter from his ex-wife, Mary, played by Hannah Emily Anderson.

Based on a script Gans co-wrote with Sandra Vo-Anh and William Josef Schneider, what’s really important here is that Gans also directed the original Silent Hill film from 2006, which was positively received. In fact, it went on to make $100 million worldwide.

The less said about the 2012 sequel Silent Hill: Revelations directed by MJ Basset the better. It wasn’t terrible, but as sequels go it was very disappointing. It didn’t help that many scenes appeared to have been designed around using 3D as a gimmick. Audiences didn’t like it much, either, with it making just over half of what its predecessor did.

Hopefully Return to Silent Hill will fare better better when it releases. And we’re fairly confident it will, what with it having Gans on board. It’s just a shame there’s no release window for it yet. This Halloween would be good. Hopefully we’ll find out more soon.

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