In the 1960s, Hammer struck distribution deals with Universal, Warner Brothers, Fox, and Columbia. Hammer went on to produce a huge volume of films which included such titles as
Albuquerque, New Mexico (PRWEB) October 10, 2009
Let Me In begins principal photography this fall at Albuquerque Studios. Matt Reeves' adaptation of Let the Right One In includes a stellar headline cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz and Oscar®-nominee Richard Jenkins.
Director Reeves (Cloverfield) has cast Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Moretz ((500) Days of Summer) in the two lead child roles of Owen and Abby for the eagerly awaited feature. Jenkins will play the lead adult character known as Hakan in the original film.
Based on the bestselling Swedish novel, Lat den Ratte Komma In, by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let Me In is a contemporary vampire tale about a young boy who befriends a girl who is new to his neighborhood. The film is a remake of the highly acclaimed Swedish film, Lat den Ratte Komma In, also known as, Let the Right One In.
Producing the film are Hammer's Simon Oakes, Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, and Oscar®-winner Donna Gigliotti. Hammer's Alex Brunner and Tobin Armbrust will executive produce along with John Ptak, Philip Elway and Fredrik Malmberg. Overture's Robert Kessel, EVP Production & Acquisitions, will oversee production for the studio. Swedish producers John Nordling and Carl Molinder, who produced the original film, are also involved as producers on this remake.
Jeremy Hariton, SVP Albuquerque Studios, said, "Having just wrapped their last project with us, we are thrilled to welcome Hammer Films back to the studios with Let Me In. What could be more gratifying than a client doing back-to-back projects at our facility? We look forward to delivering the same caliber of experience to Overture, and to future production endeavors with their team as well."
It was announced last year that Reeves would write and direct Let Me In. In addition to the box office hit Cloverfield, Reeves' directing credits include the comedy The Pallbearer and the hit television show Felicity, starring Keri Russell, which he co-created and executive produced along with partner J.J. Abrams.
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About Albuquerque Studios:
Albuquerque Studios is New Mexico's premier full-service studio complex. Situated on 38 acres, the 91.4 million-dollar facility boasts eight (8) hi-tech sound stages totaling nearly 170,000 square feet; 78,000 square feet of production office space; 70,000 square feet of Mill Space; and the southwest's fullest compliment of industry support services: lighting & grip, camera, heavy equipment, telecom & data, and more. With several high-profile movies under its belt, Albuquerque Studios was recently ranked as the top independent studio in the U.S., while the impressive campus of soundstages and production offices currently house several feature film and television productions.
Hammer is the legendary British film brand, which was originally launched in 1934 and delivered a hugely successful run of films in the 1950s including Gothic classics "Dracula" and "The Curse of Frankenstein," and Sci-Fi picture "The Quatermass Xperiment." Hammer's reputation became branded worldwide as 'Hammer House of Horror." In the 1960s, Hammer struck distribution deals with Universal, Warner Brothers, Fox, and Columbia. Hammer went on to produce a huge volume of films which included such titles as "The Plague of Zombie," "The Nanny," "Quatermass and the Pit," "The Devil Rides Out" and "One Million Years B.C."
Not in production since the 1980s, the company's brand is now being aggressively re-invigorated by Exclusive Media Group through new investment in the development and production of film, television and digital-platform content.
Hammer's return to horror was heralded by interactive web serial "Beyond the Rave," which was broadcast by MySpace in 12 territories in 2008. Today, Hammer has an active development slate totaling more than 25 projects across diverse genres sourced out of both Europe and the United States. Hammer recently wrapped production on "The Resident," which stars Academy Award winner Hilary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and is directed by Antti Jokinen.
About Exclusive Media Group (EMG):
Formed by strategic investment group Cyrte Investments in May 2008, Exclusive Media Group (EMG) (http://www.exclusivemedia.com) is the parent company of Spitfire Pictures and the legendary British studio, Hammer, which now has a combined shareholder equity and bank facility in excess of $100 million. The company is run by Nigel Sinclair, Guy East, and Simon Oakes, with Sinclair and Oakes serving as co-chairmen and co-CEOs (out of Los Angeles and London, respectively). East is president of EMG and chairman of Exclusive Film Distribution (EFD).
Under EMG, Spitfire and Hammer operate as two separate production entities with offices both in London and Los Angeles. EMG aims to produce 6-8 films per year, and to acquire additional pictures for worldwide distribution through EFD, its London based subsidiary responsible for worldwide sales and distribution. The group also develops projects for television and digital platforms.
EMG has over 300 titles in the combined Hammer and Spitfire libraries, and pursues an aggressive library acquisition policy. The Hammer library is noted for its re-make potential and the company is in discussions with "A-list" writers and directors to revive and re-imagine some of its highly touted titles.
Cyrte Investments is part of Delta Lloyd Asset Management, one of the Netherlands major asset managers, which in-turn, is majority-owned by London Stock Exchange and listed Aviva plc: one of the world's largest insurance companies.
About Overture Films:
Overture Films (http://www.overturefilms.net) develops, produces, acquires, and distributes feature length, theatrical motion pictures worldwide. The studio is a wholly owned unit of Starz Media, a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group. Its affiliated companies, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Starz Entertainment, make the films available domestically to viewers via home video, premium television, Internet, and other outlets.
Gail Smerigan, VP Communications