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WWE Studios, Inc.
Formerly calledWWE Films
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryMotion pictures
Founded2002
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California USA
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleMichael Luisi
(President)
ParentWWE
SubsidiariesWWE Films Development, Inc.
Eye Scream Productions
Marine Productions
Marine 2 Productions, Inc.
Condemned Productions, Inc.
WWE Films Development Funding (LA), LLC.
WWE Films Production (LA), LLC.
WWE Nola, LLC.
Barricade Productions Inc.
[1]
WebsiteWWE Studios
 
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WWE Studios, Inc.
Formerly calledWWE Films
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryMotion pictures
Founded2002
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California USA
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleMichael Luisi
(President)
ParentWWE
SubsidiariesWWE Films Development, Inc.
Eye Scream Productions
Marine Productions
Marine 2 Productions, Inc.
Condemned Productions, Inc.
WWE Films Development Funding (LA), LLC.
WWE Films Production (LA), LLC.
WWE Nola, LLC.
Barricade Productions Inc.
[1]
WebsiteWWE Studios

WWE Studios, Inc.; commonly known as WWE Studios (formerly known as WWE Films) is a Los Angeles-based subsidiary of WWE which was created in 2002 as to develop and produce feature film properties for its wrestlers and personnel. WWE Studios movies frequently mix well-known actors and actresses in lead roles with WWE Superstars, and teams with existing production and distribution companies to deliver the product at a cheaper cost for both parties.

History[edit]

Before the formation of WWE Studios, the WWF had produced the 1989 film No Holds Barred featuring Hulk Hogan under the Shane Distribution Company banner, a precursor to today's company. The film was given a DVD release in 2012.[2]

WWE Studios was formed in 2002 as WWE Films,[3] and was seen as "a natural extension of the entertainment business" that they already featured in the weekly Raw and SmackDown television programmes.[4] Joel Simon was named as President of the WWE Films and Jed Blaugrund as Vice President.[3][5] The name was changed to WWE Studios in 2008.[6][7]

WWE announced the first three film projects in January 2005; The Condemned, starring Steve Austin, The Marine, starring John Cena, and Goodnight, later retitled as See No Evil, starring Kane.[8][9]

In February 2009, WWE Studios announced the first film which would not feature a WWE Superstar as the lead, with That's What I Am starring Ed Harris as a schoolteacher accused of fondling kids.[10] In December 2009, it was announced that Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover would star in the WWE Studios and Samuel Goldwyn Films co-production of Legendary along with WWE Superstar John Cena.[11][12] Around the same time, the film announced production had been completed another co-production with Samuel Goldwyn Films, comedy Knucklehead starring WWE Superstar Big Show.[13][14] Further projects were announced in 2010 with WWE Superstars in lead roles, with The Chaperone starring Triple H,[15][16] which was released in February 2011,[17] and Bending the Rules starring Edge,[18][19] which was released in March 2012.[20][21]

Former WWE Studios president Joel Simon died on June 19, 2011 after a four-year battle with cancer.[22][23]

In February 2012, WWE Studios agreed a new three-film deal with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to produce, finance and market three straight-to-DVD titles,[24] including The Marine 3: Homefront starring The Miz, having previously worked with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on the previous films in the franchise The Marine and The Marine 2. The deal also included the release of 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded starring Randy Orton, having together previously released 12 Rounds starring John Cena.[25]

In April 2012, WWE Studios partnered with Warner Bros. Entertainment France and producer Thomas Langmann to distribute French film Les Reines Du Ring in USA and Canada,[26][27] as well as the rights to remake the film, which was announced in 2014.[28][29]

WWE Studios has produced No One Lives with Pathe Pictures, starring Luke Evans (Immortals) and WWE Superstar Brodus Clay, acquired the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival cult hit The Day, starring Shawn Ashmore (X-Men trilogy) and Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Lost). WWE Studios has acquired Interrogation, a suspense thriller by Adam Rodin.[30] WWE Studios has also secured the rights to Bermuda, a found footage horror spec script by Bobby Lee Darby and Nathan Brookes, set in the Bermuda Triangle.[31] WWE Studios is teaming with producer Edward R. Pressman and Jason Blum's Blum-Hanson-Allen films to develop Cruisin' for a Brusin', an action comedy to be written and directed by Adam Bhala Lough.[32] WWE Studios and Warner Bros. will co-produce a Scooby-Doo animated feature that finds Scooby and the gang solving a mystery at Wrestlemania.[33] On May 29, 2013 it was announced that WWE studios and Warner Bros will once again team up to co produce a Flintstones animated movie to be released in early 2015.[34]

WWE Studios most successful film to date is the 2013 release The Call, starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin, which made close to $70 million at the box office,[35] despite a comparatively small budget of just $13m.[36] Despite having an R rating,[37] The film opened at the US box office at #2 with 17 million in its first weekend and was only expected to make 11-12 million.[35] It was reported that thanks to The Call's big success WWE is looking at a potential sequel.[38]

In 2013, WWE Studios and Hyde Park Entertainment agreed to work together on the film adaptation of the 1980s television series The Fall Guy. The film will star Dwayne Johnson, who made his name as The Rock in WWE from 1996-2004 before becoming an actor, in his first WWE Studios production since departing.[39][40][41][42] In August 2014, a second collaboration between WWE Studios and Hyde Park was announced, with Ken Jeong, David Hasselhoff and WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan signed to star in a comedy tentatively known as Untitled Celebrity Death Pool.[43][44]

In February 2014, WWE announced the sequel to 1996 film Jingle All the Way, to star Larry the Cable Guy and WWE Superstar Santino Marella.[45][46] In May 2014, it was announced that WWE had extended their partnership with Lions Gate Entertainment to release a further six films together,[47][48] with the first announced being Vendetta,[49] and "Lockdown" starring Dean Ambrose as a police officer.[50][51]

Filmography[edit]

Released[edit]

YearTitleUS Release DateWrestler(s) FeaturedDistributorNotes
2002The Scorpion KingApril 19, 2002The RockUniversal Studiosas WWE Entertainment
2003The RundownSeptember 26, 2003The RockUniversal Pictures
2004Walking TallApril 2, 2004The RockMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
2006See No EvilMay 19, 2006KaneLionsgate
2006The MarineOctober 13, 2006John Cena20th Century Fox
2007The CondemnedApril 27, 2007Steve AustinLionsgateLast picture as WWE Films
200912 RoundsMarch 27, 2009John Cena20th Century FoxFirst picture as WWE Studios
2009Behind Enemy Lines: ColombiaJanuary 6, 2009Mr. Kennedy20th Century FoxStraight-to-video
2009The Marine 2December 29, 2009Ted DiBiase20th Century FoxStraight-to-video
2010LegendarySeptember 10, 2010John CenaSamuel Goldwyn Films
2010KnuckleheadOctober 22, 2010Big ShowSamuel Goldwyn Films
2011The ChaperoneFebruary 18, 2011Triple HSamuel Goldwyn Films
2011That's What I AmApril 29, 2011Randy OrtonSamuel Goldwyn Films
2011Inside OutSeptember 9, 2011Triple HSamuel Goldwyn Films
2011The ReunionOctober 21, 2011John CenaSamuel Goldwyn Films
2012Bending the RulesMarch 9, 2012EdgeWWE Studios
2012No Holds BarredJune 3, 2012Hulk HoganImage EntertainmentRemastered edition DVD, Blu-ray released 2 years later.
2012The DayAugust 29, 2012Anchor Bay Films
2012BarricadeSeptember 25, 2012WWE Studios
2013The Marine 3: HomefrontMarch 5, 2013The Miz20th Century FoxStraight-to-video
2013Dead Man DownMarch 8, 2013Bad News BarrettFilmDistrict
2013The CallMarch 15, 2013David OtungaTriStar Pictures
2013No One LivesMay 10, 2013Brodus ClayAnchor Bay Films
201312 Rounds 2: ReloadedJune 4, 2013Randy Orton20th Century FoxStraight-to-video
2013Christmas BountyNovember 26, 2013The MizWarner Bros.TV movie
2014Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania MysteryMarch 25, 2014VariousWarner Bros.Straight-to-video, animated
2014OculusApril 11, 2014Relativity Media
2014Road to PalomaJuly 11, 2014Anchor Bay Entertainment
2014Leprechaun: OriginsAugust 22, 2014HornswoggleLionsgate
2014See No Evil 2October 21, 2014KaneLionsgateStraight-to-video

Upcoming[edit]

YearTitleUS Release DateWrestler(s) FeaturedDistributorNotes
2014Queens of the Ring (Les reines du ring)November 11, 2014The Miz
CM Punk
Eve Torres
Image Entertainment
2014Jingle All the Way 2December 2, 2014Santino Marella20th Century FoxStraight-to-video
2015The Marine 4: Moving TargetSpring 2015The Miz
Summer Rae
20th Century FoxStraight-to-video
2015The Flintstones: Stone Age Smackdown![52]Spring 2015VariousWarner Bros.Straight-to-video, animated
2015The Fall Guy [53]The RockDreamWorks
2015Term LifeUniversal Studios
2015VendettaBig ShowLionsgate
2015IncarnateMark HenryUniversal Pictures
2015Camp WWE[54]VariousAnimated web-series
2015Lockdown[55]Dean AmbroseLionsgate
2015Killing Hasselhoff[56]Hulk Hogan
2015The Condemned 2: Desert PreyRandy OrtonLionsgate
2016Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery 2[57]VariousWarner Bros.Straight-to-video, animated

Box office performance[edit]

FilmRelease dateBox office revenueBox office rankingReference
DomesticForeignWorldwideUnited States
See No EvilMay 19, 2006$15,032,800$3,388,168$18,420,968#6[58]
The MarineOctober 13, 2006$18,844,784$3,320,824$22,165,608#6[59]
The CondemnedApril 27, 2007$7,371,706$1,263,477$8,635,183#9[60]
12 RoundsMarch 27, 2009$12,234,694$5,045,632$17,280,326#7[61]
LegendarySeptember 10, 2010$200,393#38[62]
KnuckleheadOctober 22, 2010$1,000$7,927$8,927[63]
The ChaperoneFebruary 18, 2011$14,400$29,395$43,795[64]
That's What I AmApril 29, 2011$6,400[65]
The DayAugust 29, 2012$20,984#71[66]
Dead Man DownMarch 8, 2013$10,895,295$7,179,244$18,074,539#4[67]
The CallMarch 15, 2013$51,872,378$16,700,000$68,572,378#2[35]
No One LivesMay 10, 2013$74,918#39[68]
OculusApril 11, 2014$27,695,246$16,335,000$44,030,246#3[69]

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