WWE News: WWE Studios Announce New Deal, 'The Marine 3' Going into Production
Movie site Deadline.com are reporting that WWE Studios, WWE's beleaguered movie division, is partnering with 20th Century Fox Entertainment to release three upcoming straight-to-DVD movies.
Per the deal, 20th Century Fox Entertainment will handle worldwide distribution of the movies, while WWE will promote and market the films on episodes of Raw and SmackDown.
The article notes that The Marine: Homefront, a continuation of the movie division's long-running franchise, is the first movie scheduled to be made. It was reported last year that the company had already started scouting screenwriters for a new Marine film.
2006's The Marine starred John Cena as a highly dangerous marine forced into action on his vacation when his wife is abducted by a gang of thieves. Unusually for a WWE movie, it had a theatrical release, although it performed fairly average at the box office.
A sequel, The Marine 2, was released in 2009 and starred mid-carder Ted DiBiase. Hugely different from the first movie, it focused on a highly dangerous marine forced into action on his vacation when his wife is abducted on by a gang of terrorists.
WWE Studios President Michael Luisi spoke to the site for the piece, saying, "WWE Studios will continue to expand its film offerings to appeal to a wide range of movie fans in 2012 and 2013.”
He goes on to add, “We look forward to building upon our relationship with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to present movies that bring action, adventure and humor to audiences all over the globe.”