In my opinion,for a film it would look horrible to have scenes of the viewfinder fighting ghosts,except if it happens like one time or something(in a clever way),but the only thing i'm sure about is that I don't want the movie to turn out as a "shoot em up first person chase the ghosts movie".I would so much prefer to keep the tone & pacing of the Japanese movie in a new setting or something similar.
As much as I love the games (& the Japanese movie),I don't thing that recreating any of them would actually work.
A ghost-fighting camera works as a game concept, but like Greek said, it probably wouldn't work on film. How would you keep it from getting repetitive while being interesting to watch? How do you keep the tension? It's tense as a game because it's down to your skills with the camera whether you survive or not. As a film, you'd probably be watching a lot of shaky cam to convey someone's fear and vulnerability and yeesh, sign me up.
If they used the camera instead to solve puzzles, reveal secrets and capture creepy photography I'd be more than happy with that. It would be staying true to its game roots while avoiding some of the more visually awkward pitfalls. What I completely disagree with is taking the series out of Japan. You say you could remove the camera from the Japanese film and rename it something else, Nagakura, but I feel the same about the setting. If you set Fatal Frame in America with no Asian ties whatsoever, even with a camera, you might as well make a Paranormal Activity sequel. It's identity would be gone, something that even with limited use of the camera the Mari Asato film kept intact imo.
I'm not sure how they'll tackle this though. It's likely they'll have an American cast in Japan which I'm not against, but if it's an adaptation of one of the games, how would that work? We need more to go on, film people, it's been 3 years.
Honestly, incorporating a bit of gameplay element, like looking through the viewfinder, can work as a cinematic element, it has been done before in this fan film, where I honestly think it works really well. I think they have a well balanced portion of filming her, and filming what she sees through the camera.
Some in the comments section say they find it goofy when she reads the article while the red light goes off on the camera, indicating a hostile ghost is nearby, but I honestly think it is a clever and subtle way of foreshadowing, because you don't know if she'll be ambushed the next time she looks up or not.
Anyway, as of april 2018, is there ANY word at all on the Hollywood movie?