Lionsgate and WWE Studios are extending their longstanding partnership to include six new action films that will star WWE Superstars.
The films are designed to serve as vehicles for new and emerging WWE talent.
“We’re thrilled to join forces with Michael and his WWE team on a series of modestly budgeted action films that extend our longstanding and successful partnership,” says Steve Beeks, co-chief operating officer and motion picture group president, Lionsgate. “We have a strong track record in this genre, and we’re delighted to team with the WWE juggernaut to deliver action-packed event films that will resonate with their global fan base and beyond.”
Vendetta will be the first installment in the Action Six-Pack series, which will begin filming this summer and feature WWE Superstar Big Show. The film centers on a hard-nosed detective who deliberately commits a crime to get thrown in prison, allowing him the chance to seek vengeance upon the criminal serving a life sentence for having brutally murdered his wife.
The second installment in the Six-Pack series, which is currently in development, will begin filming this fall.
WWE Studios will leverage its extensive multi-platform reach to promote each film.
WWE Studios and Lionsgate previously collaborated on The Condemned and See No Evil, as well as the upcoming 2014 releases Leprechaun: Origins and See No Evil 2.
“This collection of six high-octane films will not only excite our fans, but provide a stage for emerging and talented filmmakers,” says Michael Luisi, president, WWE Studios.