Silent Hill: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Konami's best-selling horror video game franchise Silent Hill has been optioned for the big screen by Davis Films, with Helmer Christophe Gans, whose credits include Brotherhood of the Wolf and Crying Freeman, directing.
The film will be a collaboration between the Japanese game maker and Davis Films. There are three "Silent Hill" games on the market, having sold a total of more than 4 million units worldwide. The Mature-rated games thrust players into a nightmarish world filled with grotesque creatures, dark rooms and lots of gore.
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Here's the official press release:
REDWOOD CITY, CA - September 17, 2003 - Leading videogame publisher, Konami of America, Inc., a subsidiary of Konami Corporation (NYSE: KNM), today announced that its hit psychological horror videogame series, Silent Hill�, will be released worldwide as a major motion picture. Production company Davis Films will produce the feature film adaptation of Konami's popular franchise. Produced by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, Inc. (KCET), the Silent Hill games thrust players into a nightmarish world where they must unravel twisted storylines and battle grotesque creatures and terrifying monsters.
Bringing the series to the big screen is prolific producer Samuel Hadida whose credits include blockbuster films, True Romance, directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino, Spider, directed by David Cronenberg, and Brotherhood of the Wolf, directed by Christophe Gans. Gans, who also directed the major motion picture, Crying Freeman, has been appointed as the director of the Silent Hill feature film.
"Silent Hill is a groundbreaking game with an atmosphere that has mesmerized millions of gamers all over the world - it is scary and clever," said Christophe Gans. "I am very proud to be associated with this game."
Working closely with the production team, Konami Corporation will help recreate the universal appeal of the game by overseeing the script development, participating in the design of all the monsters, creatures and characters as well as aiding in the film's soundtrack composition.
"The success of the Silent Hill series is based on a perfect blend of suspense, plot twists and captivating characters," said Geoff Mulligan, Chief Operating Officer of Konami of America, Inc. "We are confident that Samuel Hadida and his talented team will capture and create an unforgettable movie-going experience."
Silent Hill is the premiere franchise in the horror videogame genre with over four million copies sold in Japan, the U.S. and Europe. Silent Hill 3 for PlayStation was recently released in August 2003 and is considered to be the best game in the series. With a terrifying narrative, spectacular graphics and a bloodcurdling soundtrack, Silent Hill 3 has already garnered numerous industry accolades and awards.
To further strengthen the Konami brand worldwide, the company is currently pursuing film production deals for its other blockbuster videogame franchises.
Silent Hill 3 is rated M for Mature and is available at an SRP of $39.99.