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Gans' 'Hill' piles up cast
Thesps flesh out vidgame adaptation

PARIS -- Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates and
Tanya Allen have joined the cast of Christophe Gans' horror pic "Silent
Hill," which started shooting in Toronto on Monday with Radha Mitchell in
the lead role.

Bigscreen adaptation of hit vidgame was recently acquired by TriStar
Pictures in a negative pickup.

Mitchell stars as Rose, a woman searching for her lost daughter,
played by "Tideland" child thesp Jodelle Ferland. Bean plays her husband
in the chiller, scripted by Roger Avary. Holden is a police officer.

English-lingo pic, budgeted at $45 million-$50 million, is a Franco-Canadian
co-production. Don Carmody, Victor Hadida, Andrew Mason and Samuel
Hadida exec produce; Samuel Hadida produced Gans' hit French-lingo actioner
"Brotherhood of the Wolf."
The Hadidas' French distribution company Metropolitan Filmexport will
release the pic in Gaul. Alliance Atlantis will release in Canada.
Metropolitan and Focus Features are jointly handling international

"Christophe's a keen gamer, and he has wanted to adapt 'Silent Hill'
ever since playing it to relax during the shoot of 'Brotherhood of the
Wolf,' " said Samuel Hadida.

Hadida's production company Davis Films acquired the rights to the
vidgame 18 months ago, convincing rights holder Konami Corp. with a
half-hour videotape in which Gans laid out how he would turn it
into a movie. Project was developed in association with Konami.

Production team includes "Brotherhood" cinematographer Dan Laustsen
and editors David Wu and Sebastien Prangere; "Hellboy" costume designer
Wendy Partridge; and production designer Carole Spier ("League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen"). Scary creatures were designed by Patrick
Tatopoulos, whose credits include "I, Robot" and "Underworld."

"Silent Hill" is Samuel Hadida's second big-budget English-lingo pic
this year after Tony Scott's Keira Knightley thriller "Domino," which will
be released Stateside by New Line.


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