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Hurd, Allen to remake Bava thrills

'Punisher's' Hensleigh may helm one of the films

Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures and David Allen’s Kismet Entertainment Group are teaming to produce remakes of Mario Bava’s “Kidnapped” and “Black Sabbath.”

Jonathan Hensleigh, who helmed “The Punisher,” will contribute to the script development and may direct one of the thrillers. Jeff Davis (“Retribution”) has signed to write “Kidnapped,” centered on three bank robbers on the run with three unwitting hostages.

Kismet, formed by Allen in 2000, has rights to 13 films directed by Bava, a pioneer in Italian horror films. Allen noted that he developed the idea of a remake while Kismet was involved in finishing Bava’s original uncompleted “Kidnapped.”

“Black Sabbath,” released in 1964, is a three-part horror film that culminates with Boris Karloff portraying a vampire who must kill those he loves.

Hurd is in pre-production on “Aeon Flux,” starring Charlize Theron and directed by Karyn Kusama, with Lakeshore and MTV for Paramount. Filming’s expected to start this summer.

Hensleigh’s writing credits include “Die Hard With a Vengeance,” “Jumanji,” “The Rock” and “The Saint.”

Kismet’s in post-production on “Neo Ned,” a romantic drama starring Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union; “Mojave,” an action-thriller starring Eric Christian Olsen and Rider Strong; “Boo,” a ghost story featuring Dee Wallace Stone; and “Cemetery Gates” starring Reggie Bannister.

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