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JOEL SILVER (Producer) is one of the most successful producers in the motion picture industry today.  His films have earned a combined gross of almost $4 billion worldwide, averaging over $100 million per picture.  His 1999 production The Matrix grossed over $456 million worldwide, earning more than any other Warner Bros. Pictures film in the Studio's history at the time of release.  Universally acclaimed for its groundbreaking storytelling and visuals, The Matrix also won four Academy Awards, including the award for Best Visual Effects, and was the first DVD release to sell one million units.

In addition to producing The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, the second and third chapters of the Matrix trilogy, Silver executive produced The Animatrix, a groundbreaking collection of nine short films inspired by the visionary action and innovative storytelling that power The Matrix.  This spectacular fusion of CG-animation and Japanese animé features Final Flight of the Osiris, a nine minute short that serves as an explosive prelude to The Matrix Reloaded. 

Silver also produced the video game Enter the Matrix, starring Jada Pinkett Smith and Anthony Wong, who reprise their roles from The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.  Powered by one hour of additional film footage written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers, Enter the Matrix furthers the chain of action set off by Final Flight of the Osiris and intersects with the plot of Reloaded, revealing aspects of the story not depicted in the film. 

Prior to the completion of the Matrix trilogy, Silver supervised the release of The Matrix Revisited, a special-edition DVD that includes extensive behind-the-scenes footage of the making of The Matrix, as well as an exclusive preview of The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

Silver is currently producing Gothika, directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and starring Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz, through his Dark Castle Entertainment division.  Gothika is scheduled for release in October 2003.  Silver and Robert Zemeckis launched Dark Castle, the production entity they formed in the spirit of the late horror impresario William Castle, with the record-breaking release of House on Haunted Hill, which opened at number one on Halloween of 1999.  This was followed by the successful Dark Castle releases Thirteen Ghosts and Ghost Ship. 

Most recently, Silver produced the hit films Cradle 2 the Grave, starring DMX and Jet Li; Swordfish, starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry; Exit Wounds, starring Steven Seagal and DMX; and Romeo Must Die, featuring Jet Li and Aaliyah.

Silver began his career at Lawrence Gordon Productions, where he ultimately ascended to president of motion pictures for the company.  He associate produced The Warriors and, with Gordon, produced 48 HRS., Streets of Fire and Brewster's Millions.

Silver's first independent production under his Silver Pictures banner was Commando, followed by Jumpin' Jack Flash and Predator.


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