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TheEveningStar
24-04-05, 16:08
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Actress Radha Mitchell, currently onscreen in Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda," will topline the film adaptation of the video game "Silent Hill," producer Samuel Hadida said Friday.

Principal photography is due to begin Monday in Toronto on the suspense horror feature and will run through July 22. The movie, directed by French filmmaker Christophe Gans ("Brotherhood of the Wolf"), is budgeted at $45 million-$50 million, with additional casting not yet final. TriStar Pictures will release the film next year in the United States.

"Silent Hill" is based on the hugely successful Konami game directed by Keiichiro Toyama. Mitchell will play Rose, who is desperately searching for her lost daughter in the mysterious, terrifying town of Silent Hill, where they are trapped. The screenplay was written by Roger Avary ("Pulp Fiction").

"Konami sold over 4 million units of the 'Silent Hill' trilogy of games, and I'm thrilled that they have entrusted me with this valuable franchise," said Hadida, in a nod to his future expectations for the property.

Hadida co-produced the video game adaptation "Resident Evil" and its sequel with Sony/Screen Gems and Germany's Constantin, with a third installment in the pipeline. The first two movies, both starring Milla Jovovich, grossed $101 million and $129 million worldwide, respectively. Hadida also is preparing to go into production on another game spinoff, the samurai-vs.-forces-of-evil story "Onimusha," based on Capcom's game. Davis Films is co-producing with Japan's Gaga Communications.

Australian-born Mitchell starred opposite Johnny Depp in last year's "Finding Neverland." Her other film credits include "Phone Booth" and "Man on Fire."

"Silent Hill" is a Franco-Canadian co-production from Hadida and Don Carmody ("Chicago"). Aside from TriStar's U.S. distribution rights, Hadida's Paris-based distribution company, Metropolitan Filmexport, has retained French-speaking rights. Focus Features is handling international sales in remaining territories.

The production team includes cinematographer Dan Laustsen ("The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"); editors David Wu and Sebastien Prangere, who both worked on "Brotherhood of the Wolf" (also produced by Davis); costume designer Wendy Partridge; production designer Carol Spier; and creature design by Patrick Tatopoulos ("I, Robot").

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