Sena to direct ‘Whiteout’

Action-thriller is first Dark Castle film

Dominic Sena will direct Kate Beckinsale in action-thriller “Whiteout,” the first movie to go into production under Joel Silver’s new Dark Castle Entertainment genre label.

Warner Bros. will distribute the pic, based on Greg Rucka’s 1999 comicbook miniseries of the same name. Scribes Jon and Erich Hoeber are adapting for the bigscreen.

Dark Castle Prods., a unit launched last fall within Warners-based Silver Pictures, is backed by more than $240 million from 15 different investment firms. Coin will be used to finance 15 pics over the next six years, with Warners distribbing the entire slate.

Silver has sole greenlight authority under the terms of the deal. He also has full creative control. Film budgets are expected to be in the $15 million-$40 million range.

“Whiteout” is set to begin lensing March 5 in Montreal.

Story revolves around a lone U.S. marshal (Beckinsale) stationed in Antarctica who is drawn into a shocking murder investigation. With only three days until winter, she must solve the crime before the continent is plunged into darkness and she is trapped with the killer.

Producers are Silver and Dark Castle co-prexy Susan Downey. Dark Castle co-prexy Steve Richards, Don Carmody and Rucka are exec producers, while David Gambino is co-producing.

Beckinsale, who appeared in 2007 Sundance entry “Snow Angels,” was most recently in theaters with “Click,” opposite Adam Sandler, and horror-thriller “Underworld: Evolution.” Later this year, she’ll be seen in “Vacancy.”

Sena’s credits include “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “Swordfish” and “Kalifornia.”

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