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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.

Silver Pictures
Production company
IndustryMotion pictures
FoundedJune 24, 1980; 39 years ago (1980-06-24)
FounderJoel Silver
Key people
Susan Downey
Steve Richards
Productsfilm Edit this on Wikidata
OwnerWarner Bros. Edit this on Wikidata
SubsidiariesDark Castle Entertainment

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 can together to create a slate of feature film, digital projects and television. 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 the Haunted Hill".[1]

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


Year Film Director
1984 Streets of Fire Walter Hill
1985 Brewster's Millions
Weird Science John Hughes
Commando Mark L. Lester
1986 Jumpin' Jack Flash Penny Marshall
1987 Lethal Weapon Richard Donner
Predator John McTiernan
1988 Die Hard
Action Jackson Craig R. Baxley
1989 Road House Rowdy Herrington
Lethal Weapon 2 Richard Donner
1990 Die Hard 2 Renny Harlin
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
Predator 2 Stephen Hopkins
1991 Hudson Hawk Michael Lehmann
Ricochet Russell Mulcahy
The Last Boy Scout Tony Scott
1992 Lethal Weapon 3 Richard Donner
1993 Demolition Man Marco Brambilla
1994 The Hudsucker Proxy Joel and Ethan Coen
Richie Rich Donald Petrie
1995 Assassins Richard Donner
Fair Game Andrew Sipes
1996 Executive Decision Stuart Baird
1997 Fathers' Day Ivan Reitman
Conspiracy Theory Richard Donner
1998 Lethal Weapon 4
1999 The Matrix The Wachowskis
2000 Dungeons & Dragons Courtney Solomon
Romeo Must Die Andrzej Bartkowiak
2001 Exit Wounds
Swordfish Dominic Sena
2003 Cradle 2 the Grave Andrzej Bartkowiak
The Matrix Reloaded The Wachowskis
The Matrix Revolutions
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Shane Black
V for Vendetta James McTeigue
2007 The Invasion Oliver Hirschbiegel
James McTeigue
The Brave One Neil Jordan
Fred Claus David Dobkin
2008 Speed Racer The Wachowskis
2009 Ninja Assassin James McTeigue
Sherlock Holmes Guy Ritchie
2010 The Book of Eli The Hughes Bros.
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Guy Ritchie
2012 Project X Nima Nourizadeh
Dragon Eyes John Hyams
Stash House Eduardo Rodríguez
El Gringo
2014 Non-Stop Jaume Collet-Serra
2015 The Gunman Pierre Morel
2016 The Nice Guys Shane Black
Collide Eran Creevy
2017 Suburbicon George Clooney
2018 Superfly Director X
TBA untitled Horror film [3] TBA

Television seriesEdit

Highest-grossing filmsEdit

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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