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Silver planning to locate in Venice

With no fanfare, Warner Bros. has erased the last vestiges of the Joel Silver era via a remodel of the Silver Pictures offices on the Burbank lot.

The new occupants, who moved in recently, include Todd Phillips’ Green Hat Films, Roy Lee’s Vertigo Films and studio casting offices in the building that was long occupied by Silver Pictures.

During Silver’s tenure, the offices contained a wide arrray of mementos from his films — such as several lifesize statues of Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith character from “The Matrix” trilogy and a 10-foot Predator from the 1987 sci-fier.

Silver left the lot last year after two and half decades. The studio agreed to pay the prolific producer around $30 million for the rights to more than 30 of his films produced under the Silver Pictures banner including the titles in “The Matrix,” “Lethal Weapon” and “Sherlock Holmes” franchises.

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Silver’s offices were relocated to Santa Monica. He announced in October plans to renovate the U.S. Post Office building in Venice and move the Silver Pictures offices there in 2014.

Phillips inked a first-look deal with Warners in 2006. Since then, he’s directed and produced “The Hangover” trilogy and “Due Date.”

Lee, best known for remaking Asian fare such as “The Departed,” “The Grudge” and “The Ring,” signed a first-look deal in 2010. He’s a producer on the upcoming “Lego” movie.

Warner Bros. has more than 30 other term deals with movie producers including pacts with Robert Downey Jr., Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio, Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

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