Samuel Hadida, the French godfather of the “Resident Evil” film franchise, got on board the project after pulling an all-nighter playing the video game with his son who was a fan of the game. Hadida admits he quickly became addicted. “I’ve never been a gamer but I immediately clicked with this one: I’ve always loved comic books, Marvel’s in particular, and movies from Dario Argento and George A. Romero. ‘Dawn of the Dead’ is one of my favorite films and...
With his brother Victor Hadida, Samuel (known as “Sammy”) Hadida runs Metropolitan Filmexport, which has steadfastly thrived for nearly 40 years thanks to the pair’s deep-rooted ties to Hollywood’s power players, passion for movies and guts. A family business, Metropolitan Filmexport was founded in the early 1980s by the brothers and their father, David.
The Hadida brothers were the first distributors in France to import cult Hollywood movies like Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs,” David Fincher’s “Seven” and martial-arts pics with Jean-Claude Van Damme in the 1990s. Today, they handle films by George Clooney, Martin Scorsese, Park Chan Wook and Steven Spielberg, among others. Metropolitan Filmexport has deals with New Line Cinema, Lionsgate and Dreamworks.
In addition to producing two pictures for Tony Scott, Hadida has also collaborated with Roger Avary on “Killing Zoe,” “Rules of Attractions” and “Silent Hill,” and with director Christophe Gans on a number of movies including “Le Pacte des Loups” and “Silent Hill” starring Radha Mitchell.
In recent years, Davis Films and Metropolitan Filmexport have started getting involved in French movies, notably Claude Lelouch’s “Un + Une” with Jean Dujardin and Elsa Zilberstein, and Rachid Bouchareb’s upcoming “Belleville Cop,” a buddy comedy starring Omar Sy and Luis Guzman.
On the English-language front, Hadida is currently working on “The Crow Reborn,” a reboot of “The Crow” franchise. Hadida is also currently developing, several Japanese properties based on well-known Japanese comics and anime characters.