Silent Hill movie director would love to explore graphic novels, create new stories for next film

Director Michael J. Bassett would love to make more films in the Silent Hill universe, but he'd rather not base them on the games when doing so.

Speaking on at New York Comic Con panel with the some of the cast of the soon-to-be-releasedSilent Hill: Revelation 3D film, the director said that while he's a big fan of the video games, he'd love to create a movie not directly connected to them.

"I would like to play in the Silent Hill universe without using the games anymore," he told the packed auditorium.

One idea he floated was crafting a movie that pulls from some of the graphic novels created about the Silent Hill universe. In particular, Bassett seemed intrigued with the idea of taking some of the story found in Silent Hill: Past Life to create a film. That graphic novel takes place in 1867 when Silent Hill was a profitable mining town.

"I think that backstory is interesting," he said. "There are cool stories to tell."

He also said he'd love to make a really low-budget film filled with the sort of sexual imagery and darkness found in the games that could never be used in a mainstream film.

"It would be really twisted," he said.

Samuel Hadida, the producer on both the original film and this year's, has the rights to make future movies based on the game series, Bassett pointed out.

Bassett, who spent much of the talk nthusing about the games and the impact they had on video games in general, said that he believes strongly that movies based on video games shouldn't be slavish copies of the gaming experience.

While Silent Hill: Revelations is a loose retelling of the events of the Silent Hill 3 video game, he seems ready to move beyond that sort of creation if he makes another movie.

"The games are the games are the games," he said. "I can't change that."

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