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Samuel Hadida, ‘True Romance’ and ‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Producer, Dies at 64

The filmmaker co-founded distributor Metropolitan FilmExport with his brother, Victor, and father, David

Samuel Hadida, a French producer and distributor with over 70 producing credits including “True Romance,” the “Resident Evil” franchise and most recently as a co-executive producer on this year’s “Hunter Killer,” has died. He was 64.

Hadida died unexpectedly on Monday at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital following a short illness, his brother, Victor Hadida announced in a statement.

Hadida and his brother have owned and managed Metropolitan FilmExport, a French distributor of American indie fare, which they founded with their father, David.

In addition to working with director Tony Scott on the 1993 film “True Romance” and “Domino” in 2005, Hadida also collaborated with Constantin Film on the “Resident Evil” series of film and the “Silent Hill” movies. More recently, he worked with Claude Lelouch on “Un+Une”  and “The Best Years,” an upcoming sequel to the Oscar-winning “A Man and a Woman.” He’s also listed as a producer on the upcoming “The Crow” movie at Sony.

“Sammy’s passion and humor were infectious and his larger than life presence will certainly be missed,” Victor said in a statement. “We are committed to honoring his life by bringing to fruition the numerous development projects under the Davis Films banner that Samuel so loved as well as the upcoming productions that were so important to him.”

In addition to his brother, Samuel is survived by his wife, Maryse Claire, their three grown children, Laurent, Audrey and Aurelie and one grandchild, Sasha.