Silver Pictures

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Silver Pictures
TypeProduction company
IndustryMotion pictures
FoundedJune 24, 1980; 40 years ago (1980-06-24)
FounderJoel Silver
Key people
Susan Downey
Steve Richards
OwnersWarner Bros. (WarnerMedia/AT&T)
SubsidiariesDark Castle Entertainment

Silver Pictures is an American film production company founded by Hollywood producer Joel Silver during 1980. The Silver Pictures logo, also called The Chip, is modeled on a block pattern that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the exteriors of the Storer House in Los Angeles. Silver has been a lifelong aficionado of Frank Lloyd Wright and has worked many of Wright's works within both Silver Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment. All pre-Universal Pictures deal films (starting with Ricochet) are owned and distributed by Warner Bros.

In 2012, Joel Silver and Warner Bros. ended their 25-year production, marketing, and distribution relationship. This is due to Silver growing increasingly upset with how Warner Bros. had been handling the marketing and releasing of the films his company produced. Despite having split, Silver and Warner Bros. co-produced The Nice Guys four years later. That same year, Joel Silver and Universal Studios struck a 5-year marketing and distribution deal, starting with the Liam Neeson action thriller Non-Stop on February 28, 2014. Universal Pictures will not be a production partner with Silver Pictures, only a distributor.

Three years after Silver finalized Silver Pictures 5-year marketing and distributing deal with Universal, the veteran producer connected with Canadian financier Daryl Katz. Founder and Chairman of the Katz Group of Companies, one of Canada's largest privately owned enterprises, Daryl Katz holds operations in pharmaceuticals, sports and entertainment and real estate. The two came together to create a slate of feature films, digital projects and television shows. Hal Sadoff, longtime packaging and finance agent, will serve as Chief Executive Officer of Silver Pictures Entertainment. Sadoff left ICM in 2012.

Before Silver's connection with Katz, Silver Pictures required studio backing to develop and fund its films. After the formation of the new partnership, Silver possessed the ability to work on projects both inside and outside the studio system.

CEO Hal Sadoff and Silver still possess a longstanding relationship, having worked together on Gothika, Thirteen Ghosts and House on Haunted Hill.[1]

On June 24, 2019, Sadoff announced Silver's resignation from the company.[2]


Year Film Director Distributor Notes
1984 Streets of Fire Walter Hill Universal Pictures co-produced with RKO Pictures; first film
1985 Brewster's Millions
Weird Science John Hughes co-produced with Hughes Entertainment
Commando Mark L. Lester 20th Century Fox
1986 Jumpin' Jack Flash Penny Marshall co-produced with Lawrence Gordon Productions
1987 Lethal Weapon Richard Donner Warner Bros.
Predator John McTiernan 20th Century Fox
1988 Die Hard co-produced with Gordon Company
Action Jackson Craig R. Baxley Lorimar Film Entertainment
1989 Road House Rowdy Herrington Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Lethal Weapon 2 Richard Donner Warner Bros.
1990 Die Hard 2 Renny Harlin 20th Century Fox
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
Predator 2 Stephen Hopkins
1991 Hudson Hawk Michael Lehmann TriStar Pictures
Ricochet Russell Mulcahy Warner Bros. co-produced with HBO Pictures, Cinema Plus L.P. and Indigo Productions
The Last Boy Scout Tony Scott co-produced with The Geffen Film Company
1992 Lethal Weapon 3 Richard Donner
1993 Demolition Man Marco Brambilla
1994 The Hudsucker Proxy Joel and Ethan Coen Warner Bros. (North America)
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (International)
co-produced with Working Title Films
Richie Rich Donald Petrie Warner Bros. co-produced with Davis Entertainment and The Harvey Entertainment Company
1995 Assassins Richard Donner co-produced with Donner/Shuler-Donner Productions
Fair Game Andrew Sipes
1996 Executive Decision Stuart Baird
1997 Fathers' Day Ivan Reitman co-produced with Northern Lights Entertainment
Conspiracy Theory Richard Donner
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Clint Eastwood co-produced with Malpaso Productions
1998 Lethal Weapon 4 Richard Donner co-produced with Doshudo Productions
1999 The Matrix The Wachowskis co-produced with Village Roadshow Pictures and Groucho II Film Partnership
2000 Dungeons & Dragons Courtney Solomon New Line Cinema co-produced with Behavior Worldwide and Sweetpea Entertainment
Romeo Must Die Andrzej Bartkowiak Warner Bros.
2001 Exit Wounds co-produced with Village Roadshow Pictures
Swordfish Dominic Sena
2003 Cradle 2 the Grave Andrzej Bartkowiak
The Matrix Reloaded The Wachowskis co-produced with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment
The Matrix Revolutions
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Shane Black
2006 V for Vendetta James McTeigue co-produced with Virtual Studios, Anarchos Productions, DC/Vertigo Comics, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Fünfte Babelsberg Film GmbH
2007 The Invasion Oliver Hirschbiegel
James McTeigue (uncredited)
co-produced with Village Roadshow Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment
The Brave One Neil Jordan co-produced with Village Roadshow Pictures
Fred Claus David Dobkin
2008 Speed Racer The Wachowskis co-produced with Village Roadshow Pictures, Anarchos Productions and Babelsberg Studio
2009 Ninja Assassin James McTeigue co-produced with Legendary Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment
Sherlock Holmes Guy Ritchie co-produced with Village Roadshow Pictures and Wigram Productions
2010 The Book of Eli The Hughes Bros. co-produced with Alcon Entertainment
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Guy Ritchie co-produced with Village Roadshow Pictures and Wigram Productions
2012 Project X Nima Nourizadeh co-produced with Green Hat Films
Dragon Eyes John Hyams After Dark Films co-produced with Dark Castle Entertainment
Stash House Eduardo Rodríguez
El Gringo After Dark Films
G2 Pictures
Tanweer Films
2014 Non-Stop Jaume Collet-Serra Universal Pictures co-produced with TF1 Films Production, Anton Capital Entertainment, Canal+, TF1 and LoveFilm
2015 The Gunman Pierre Morel Open Road Films co-produced with StudioCanal, Anton Capital Entertainment, Canal+, Nostromo Pictures and TF1 Films Production
2016 The Nice Guys Shane Black Warner Bros. co-produced with Waypoint Entertainment and Bloom
Collide Eran Creevy Open Road Films co-produced with IM Global, Sycamore Pictures, DMG Yinji, Hands-on Producers GmbH, 42 and Automatik
2017 Suburbicon George Clooney Paramount Pictures co-produced with Black Bear Pictures and Smoke House Pictures
2018 Superfly Director X Sony Pictures Releasing
2021 Sherlock Holmes 3 Dexter Fletcher Warner Bros. co-produced with Village Roadshow Pictures and Di Bonaventura Pictures
2021 The Matrix 4 Lana Wachowski co-produced with Village Roadshow Pictures and Anarchos Productions
TBA untitled Horror film [3] TBA Sony Pictures Releasing co-produced with H. Brothers

Television series[edit]

Year Series Creator Network Notes
1999–2000 Action Chris Thompson Fox co-production with Christopher Thompson Productions and Columbia TriStar Television
The Strip Alfred Gough
Miles Millar
UPN co-production with Millar Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television
2000 Freedom Hans Tobeason co-production with Pandemonium Pictures Ltd. and Warner Bros. Television
2004 Next Action Star N/A NBC co-production with Warner Bros. Television, NBC Studios and GRB Entertainemnt
2004–2007 Veronica Mars Rob Thomas UPN (seasons 1–2)
The CW (season 3)
co-production with Rob Thomas Productions and Warner Bros. Television
2007–2008 Moonlight Ron Koslow
Trevor Munson
CBS co-production with Warner Bros. Television
2014 My Friends Call Me Johnny N/A Esquire Network

Highest-grossing films[edit]

Highest-grossing films
Rank Title Year Domestic gross Notes
1 The Matrix Reloaded 2003 $281,576,461 Co-produced by Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment
2 Sherlock Holmes 2009 $209,028,679 Co-produced by Village Roadshow Pictures and Wigram Productions
3 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011 $186,848,418 Co-produced by Village Roadshow Pictures and Wigram Productions
4 The Matrix 1999 $171,479,930 Co-produced by Village Roadshow Pictures and Groucho II Film
5 Lethal Weapon 2 1989 $147,253,986
6 Lethal Weapon 3 1992 $144,731,527
7 The Matrix Revolutions 2003 $139,313,948 Co-produced by Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment
8 Lethal Weapon 4 1998 $130,444,603 Co-produced by Doshudo Productions
9 Die Hard 2 1990 $117,540,947 Co-produced by Gordon Company
10 The Book of Eli 2010 $94,835,059 Co-produced by Alcon Entertainment


  1. ^ "Joel Silver Partners With Canadian Financier for Silver Pictures Entertainment".
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