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WWE extends partnership with Lionsgate for six action films

MUMBAI: US film and entertainment company Lionsgate and WWE Studios, the film division of sports entertainment company WWE, are extending their partnership to encompass six new action films which will serve as starring vehicles for WWE Superstars as well as incubators for new and emerging talent, the two companies announced.

The directing team of Jen and Sylvia Soska ‘See No Evil 2’ will return to the WWE Studios and Lionsgate fold to direct ‘Vendetta’, the first instalment of the ‘Action Six-Pack’ series, which will commence photography this summer and feature WWE Superstar Big Show. The second instalment of the ‘Six-Pack’ series, which is currently in development, will commence photography this fall. WWE Studios will leverage its multi-platform reach to promote each film.

Written by Justin Shady, ‘Vendetta’ centres 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 the detective’s wife.

WWE Studios president Michael Luisi said, “This collection of six high-octane films will not only excite our fans, but provide a stage for emerging and talented filmmakers like the Soska Sisters. We couldn’t have a better partner in this enterprise than Steve Beeks and the team at Lionsgate, who have been great teammates and are proven distributors of this genre.”

Lionsgate co-COO, motion picture group president Steve Beeks said, “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. 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.”

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’. WWE Studios develops and produces feature films, as well as television and digital content. Its slate is released theatrically, direct to home, and/or across digital platforms, and is co-produced and distributed through partnerships with global entertainment companies including Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate. WWE’s film division, led by president Michael Luisi, is headquartered in Santa Monica, California.

Recent films from WWE Studios include ‘The Call’ with Halle Berry and WWE Superstar David Otunga, ‘Oculus’ directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Karen Gillan and Katee Sackhoff, ‘Dead Man Down’ with Colin Farrell and WWE Superstar Wade Barrett, ‘No One Lives’ starring Luke Evans and WWE Superstar Brodus Clay and ‘Scooby-Doo! Wrestle Mania Mystery’, which paired WWE Superstars with Scooby and the gang.