Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the premier next generation global content leader, and WWE Studios (NYSE: WWE) are extending their longstanding 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 today.
The popular directing team of Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska (See No Evil 2, American Mary) will return to the WWE Studios and Lionsgate fold to direct Vendetta, the first installment of the "Action Six-Pack" series, which will commence photography this summer and feature WWE Superstar Big Show® (aka Paul Wight). The second installment of the "Six-Pack" series, which is currently in development, will commence photography this fall. WWE Studios will leverage its extensive multi-platform reach to promote each film.
Written by Justin Shady, Vendetta 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 the detective's wife.
Said Michael Luisi, WWE Studios President,
"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."
Said Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks,
"We're thrilled to join forces with Michael l 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."