“See No Evil” was the first film that WWE produced through its film division, and went on to earn $19 million worldwide when it was released in 2006 — its biggest hit until this year’s Halle Berry thriller “The Call,” which generated $52 million to date.
Production on “See No Evil 2” will start in the fall, with identical twin helmers the Soska Sisters Jen and Sylvia (“American Mary”) set to direct. They are also among the directors that will contribute to the anthology series “ABCs of Death 2.” The duo captured the attention of the film biz with their low-budget indie “Dead Hooker in a Trunk” in 2009.
Kane will return as the reclusive madman Jacob Goodnight, who rises from the dead in the city morgue after his killing spree at the Blackwell hotel and goes after a group of medical students who fight to survive. Nathan Brookes and Bobby Lee Darby are co-writing the script.
Kane, portrayed by Glen Jacobs, has a high-profile match at WWE’s “SummerSlam”on Aug. 18, at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The annual event is WWE’s second most popular pay-per-view behind “WrestleMania.”
In Gregory Dark’s first film, Kane’s seven-foot tall, 400-pound character has a rusty steel plate screwed into his skull and razor-sharp fingernails as he stalks a group of juvenile delinquents tasked with cleaning up an abandoned hotel.
Lionsgate will handle worldwide distribution of “See No Evil 2,” while WWE Studios will promote the film through its weekly TV series, digital, social media and print platforms.
“See No Evil 2” becomes the fourth film WWE Studios has produced with Lionsgate after the original “See No Evil,” “The Condemned” and a reboot of the “Leprechaun” series, which will star WWE’s Hornswoggle.
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“We are so pleased to extend what has been an ideal partnership with Lionsgate,” said Michael Luisi, president, WWE Studios. “Their expertise in distributing and marketing thrilling genre films complements our own vision and efforts for these movies perfectly.”
Added Steve Beeks, co-chief operating officer and motion picture group president, Lionsgate: “The WWE team has proven success in building strong global brands and have proven to be a great partner in our past ventures together. We are thrilled to expand the partnership in the development and marketing of genre features that marry WWE’s stars with our own global distribution expertise.”
WWE Studios’ ramped up release slate this year includes “The Call;” “Dead Man Down,” with Colin Farrell, Noomie Rapace and WWE’s Wade Barrett;” “The Marine 3: Homefront,” with WWE’s Mike “The Miz” Mizanin; and “12 Rounds 2: Reloaded,” with WWE’s Randy Orton. The latter two were released direct-to-homevideo through 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
The Miz also stars in “Christmas Bounty,” a holiday action comedy that bows on ABC Family on Nov. 26. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the film on Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 3.
Next year, WWE Studios has “Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery,” out in the spring from Warner Home Entertainment; and “Leprechaun,” while a “Flintstones” movie, pairing up the animated characters with WWE’s roster of stars, is out in 2015.
The Soska Sisters are repped by APA, Affirmative Entertainment and Joel Vanderkloot at Nelson Davis Wetzstein.