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Helkon hot for horror

Kilmer in talks to star in Waller-helmed 'Nine Miles Down'

Helkon Intl. Pictures’ latest slate of U.S. acquisitions includes the supernatural horror pic “Nine Miles Down,” to be helmed by Anthony Waller (“Mute Witness”) and produced by Richard Claus (“The Little Vampire”) with Amsterdam-based Cometstone Pictures and Dutch film financier Structurion.

Val Kilmer is in talks to star in the $22 million pic, scheduled to shoot on location in South Africa this fall. Story follows a security expert sent to investigate strange goings on at a remote scientific research camp.

Other projects include crime thriller “Slow Burn” from writer/director Wayne Beach (“The Art of War”) and producer Mitchell Robbins (“Next Stop Wonderland”); romantic comedy “The M Word” written by Marc Andrus (“As Good As It Gets,” “Life As a House”) and comedies “The Big One-3” from helmer Savage Steve Holland (“Better Off Dead”) and Stephen Burrow’s “Chump Change.”

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. has picked up U.S. rights to “Hansel & Gretel,” starring Howie Mandel and Delta Burke, from Helkon Int’l’s new family label HIP4F. Pic, due out in the fall, is part of HIP4F’s Grimm Brothers slate of family pics. Company is starting principle photography on “Red Riding Hood” later this year. Both projects are being produced by Tag Family Entertainment, Steve Austin and Jonathan Bogner.

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