Joel Silver's Dark Castle Prods. has raised $240 million from half a dozen investment firms to make 15 films over the next six years, with Warner Bros. aboard to distribute the entire slate, according to Variety. "We'll be like a mini-studio inside the studio," Silver told Daily Variety over the weekend.
First Dark Castle film under the deal is expected to be action thriller Whiteout, based on Greg Rucka's book about a lone U.S. marshal in Antarctica tracking the continent's first serial killer. Pic is expected to start production this winter for release in the first quarter of 2008. Next two are psychological horror pic The Summoner, written by Matthew Sand and to be directed by Victor Salva; and urban action movie Gangland, written by Alex Tse. "After five movies we sat down and said, 'What do you want to do?' (Warner) said, 'Why don't you get outside financing and make the movies yourself?' " Silver recalled.