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Wrestler to star in Trident/Mandalay-produced 'Shutter'

NEW YORK — TNT, home to one of the highest-rated of the weekly wrestling series on television, has signed wrestler Sting to star in a made-for-cable movie called “Shutter Speed.”

Eric Bischoff, president of the Turner Broadcasting-owned WCW (World Championship Wrestling), said TNT is also planning to commission a third cable movie in the “Shadow Warriors” series, starring another WCW wrestling star, Hollywood Hulk Hogan. TNT scheduled the first one, “Assault on Devil’s Island,” earlier this year, and the second, “Assault on Death Mountain,” will run in the summer of 1999. The shadow warriors consist of Hogan, Carl Weathers and Shannon Tweed.

If the “Shutter Speed” movie clicks in the Nielsens, Bischoff says it could end up as a weekly hour-long action series on TNT, with Sting (whose real name is Steve Borden) in the role of a cop whose brother is also on the force. The writers of the pilot are Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes.

The production companies behind “Shutter Speed” are Trident Entertainment and Mandalay Entertainment, which would also do the series. These two companies are also in development with Turner, Bischoff says, to produce an animated series featuring cartoon images of some of WCW’s most famous wrestlers.