Sam Huntington, Taye Diggs and Anita Briem join DEAD OF NIGHT

by Jeff

15672 Sam Huntington, Taye Diggs and Anita Briem join DEAD OF NIGHTSocial Media Release — LOS ANGELES, CA – March 25, 2009 – Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment Group and Platinum Studios Inc. (OTCBB: PDOS) announced that Sam Huntington, Taye Diggs and Anita Briem have joined the cast of the supernatural whodunit, “DEAD OF NIGHT”. The film, which will be a presentation of the Omnilab Media Group, is based on the best-selling Italian comic book series, ‘Dylan Dog’, created by Tiziano Sclavi and published by Italy’s Sergio Bonelli Editore. The comic book series has sold more than 56 million units worldwide and has been translated into 17 languages since its debut in 1986.

Brandon Routh, (‘Superman Returns’), stars as reluctant paranormal investigator Dylan Dog, who must save the undead hidden among us from their human predators. The film is being directed by Kevin Munroe, whose 2007 re-imagining of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ resurrected the billion dollar franchise. Munroe brings a fresh take on the supernatural whodunit by bringing a hip, modern style – think MEN IN BLACK in a supernatural world populated by vampires, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures by focusing less on the transformation from human to non-human and more on the seamless interaction between and among the living and the undead. Writers Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly (‘Sahara’ and ‘Conan The Barbarian’) have taken the world of Dylan Dog out of a European setting and given it a New Orleans flavor with its rich bayou and marshland backdrop.

Sam Huntington co-stars as Marcus, Dylan’s wise-cracking trusted assistant. Taye Diggs co-stars as Vargas, head of the Vampire family and Anita Briem co-stars as Elizabeth, another potential in the long line of Dylan conquests.

The producers have also hired Eric Norris to lead the stunt team and handle stunt choreography. Norris was most recently the stunt coordinator on “Tekken”, “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt”, “I Love You Philip Morris” and “Righteous Kill” and has performed stunts in various feature films including Ron Howard’s “Angels & Demons”, “12 Rounds”, “Rush Hour 3”, “Premonition”, “The Guardian”, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”, “Poseidon” and “”War of the Worlds”. In addition, he has been the second unit director for numerous TV series including “Prison Break” and “Walker, Texas Ranger”.

Huntington most recently appeared in TWC’s “Fanboys” and “Superman Returns” where he played Jimmy Olson, opposite Routh’s Clark Kent. Diggs currently appears weekly as Dr. Sam Bennett on ABC’s “Private Practice” and has appeared in numerous feature films including “Rent”, “Malibu’s Most Wanted” and “Chicago” as well as his feature film debut, “How Stella Got Her Grove Back” opposite Angela Bassett. Briem most recently appeared opposite Brandon Fraser in “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and has appeared on television on “The Tudors”.

Platinum Studios chairman and CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, who brought the billon dollar “Men In Black” franchise to Sony, and Hyde Parks’ Amritraj are producing with Gilbert Adler (“Valkyrie”, “Superman Returns” and “Constantine”). Executive Producers are Omnilab Media’s Christopher Mapp, Matthew Street and David Whealy, Cinemarket’s Peter Graves, The Greenberg Group’s Randy Greenberg, who brought all of the parties together, Hyde Park’s Patrick Aiello, Kevin Munroe, SAF Comics’ Ervin Rustemagic, Lars Sylvest and Film Production Capital LLC’s Will French and Stephen Roberts. Platinum Studios’ Brian Altounian and Rich Marincic are co-producing along with Hyde Park’s Manu Gargi.

Hyde Park and Platinum Studios completed the financing for the picture with Omnilab Media, a vertically integrated Australia and New Zealand content, development and media service business and Hong Kong-based Standard Chartered Bank. Recently, Omnilab Media has played a key role in providing production financing, as well as securing and/or overseeing North American distribution for “The Bank Job,” “W,” and “The Messenger.”

The producers have also hired Harvey Lowry and Academy Award-winning DRAC Studios to handle make-up effects. DRAC Studios has been nominated eleven times for Best Achievement in Makeup by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, most recently won for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and won twice before for “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “Mrs. Doubtfire”.

Hyde Park Group recently produced “Street Fighter – The Legend of Chun Li”, based on the extremely successful video game from Capcom, with 20th Century Fox, “Traitor” with Overture Films, “Premonition” with Sony , ”Death Sentence” at Fox and the company is in post production on Thomas Jane’s directorial debut in 3D, “The Dark Country”, for Sony’s Stage 6. Company is also ratcheting up its remake of Blake Edwards’ iconic film “10”.

Platinum Studios’ film and TV division has various other properties in development at major film studios, including “Atlantis Rising” at DreamWorks with Kurtzman/Orci (“Transformers”) set to produce, “Cowboys and Aliens” also at Dreamworks with Kurtzman/Orci partnering with Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, and “Unique” at Walt Disney Pictures. Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures and Platinum Studios are currently co-developing feature films based on the soon-to-be-published action thriller graphic novel “Final Orbit” and Top Cow’s “Magdalena”. And the company is in development with Arclight Films and Top Cow Production Inc. on Top Cow’s “Witchblade”.

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