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Kassovitz gets ‘Gothika’

Helmer known for 'La Haine,' thesping turn in 'Amelie'

Mathieu Kassovitz will direct Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz in “Gothika,” the Dark Castle supernatural thriller that will be a co-production between Warner Bros. and Columbia Pictures.

As a director, Kassovitz is best known for “La Haine” and the Jean Reno starrer “The Crimson Rivers.” He is perhaps more recognizable recently as a star of “Amelie” and “Amen,” the latter being the politically charged WWII drama directed by Costa-Gavras. Endeavor made Kassovitz’s directing deal.

Written by Sebastian Gutierrez, “Gothika” stars Berry as a criminal psychologist who awakens to find herself a patient in her own mental institution, unable to remember a murder she supposedly committed. She is victimized by a vengeful spirit in the asylum. Cruz plays a fellow inmate.

Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis and Susan Levin will produce the film, with Richard Mirisch co-producing. Steve Richards, Don Carmody and Gary Ungar are exec producers. The film begins production in April, and will be released domestically for Halloween by WB. Columbia will distribute abroad.

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