Helkon inks deal with Dark Castle

Pickup expected to bring exclusive output deal

FROM THE AMERICAN FILM MARKET

German indie distributor Helkon Media has taken all German rights to the $25 million remake of “House on Haunted Hill,” produced by Joel Silver (“Die Hard,” the “Lethal Weapon” series), Robert Zemeckis and Gil Adler for Dark Castle Entertainment.

Helkon Media co-president Werner Koenig said the pickup is intended to lead to a full exclusive output deal between Helkon and Dark Castle, Silver and Zemeckis’ genre-pic production company.

“We have to secure a wide range of product, including films for young adults,” Koenig said of his company’s interest in Dark Castle.

Since Dutch TV giant Endemol Pictures took a 51% stake in Helkon last year, Helkon has obtained access to approximately $80 million for acquisitions and co-productions.

The Dark Castle deal is Helkon’s fourth significant pact with a U.S. company. Helkon already has an output deal with Silver and Richard Donner’s Decade. It has a revolving production and distribution arrangement with producer Ed Pressman; and it signed a four-pic distribution deal with Signature/Behaviour at Mifed last year.

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