Metropolitan has distributed hundreds of successful films in France, continuing through The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Through the growth of this distribution business, Hadida has developed a keen sense of understanding distribution and marketing. It was then an easy step for Hadida to move into producing his own films.
His first production was True Romance, the first film produced from a Quentin Tarantino script and his first collaboration with director Tony Scott. Hadida now produces or co-produces several films each year through Davis Films, the production company owned and operated by him and Victor. These productions encompass the best of the French industry, European productions and co-productions, and American productions.
In addition to Domino, Hadida has most recently produced Resident Evil and Resident Evil: The Apocalypse with Milla Jovovich, Christophe Gans' Silent Hill with Radha Mitchell and Sean Bean for 2006 release, The Bridge of San Luis Rey with Robert De Niro, and Fabian Bielinsky's thriller El Aura. He has also co-executive produced George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck.
Hadida has had a long collaboration with writer-director Roger Avary, having produced Avary's first directing venture, Killing Zoe (with Jean-Hugues Anglade and Julie Delpy) and executive producing his Rules of Attraction. Hadida reached out to Avary to write his current Silent Hill, based on the successful video game by Konami.
He also has a long association with acclaimed French director Christophe Gans. He produced Gans's first film, Necronomicon, his next film Crying Freeman, and then the phenomenally successful Le Pacte des Loup (Brotherhood of the Wolf), one of the biggest French grossing French films of all time and nominee of four Cesar Awards and eight Saturn Awards. Gans is currently directly Silent Hill for Hadida.
Other Hadida productions include David Cronenberg's acclaimed psychological horror film Spider starring Ralph Fiennes and Miranda Richardson, Sheldon Lettich's Only the Strong (the first Capoeira/martial arts film, and the film which introduced both Mark Decascos and the famous score music now popularized in the United States in the zoom zoom zoom Mazda car commercials), Michael Radford's Dancing at the Blue Iguana, Steve Barron's Pinocchio with Martin Landau (one of the first films to combine computer-generated images and live action), Matthew Bright's Freeway (winner of the top award at the Cognac Festival and Reese Witherspoon's first role), and Gabriele Salvatores' Nirvana.
Upcoming projects include Onimusha, the adaptation of the successful Capcom video game as well as Judge Dee, to be adapted from the famous series of books by author Robert van Gulik.
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