It looks like WWE Studios, the company's prolific movie division, has yet another project lined up,
Movie website Deadline.com exclusively reported this afternoon that WWE is teaming with television network ABC Family to produce Christmas Bounty, a holiday-themed action-comedy film due for release at the end of next year. As Deadline.com notes, former WWE Champion Mike "The Miz" Mizanin is currently scheduled to star in a leading role.
TV website TVbythenumbers.com later went into details about the plot of the film, which will be part of ABC Family's famous "25 Days of Christmas" programming schedule:
Christmas Bounty is an action-filled comedy about a former bounty hunter turned elementary schoolteacher. Determined to have a normal life and keep her bounty hunter past a secret, she reluctantly returns home for Christmas to help save the family business by catching the one bounty that got away. But when her fiancé follows her home for the holiday, she struggles to hide her wild family business and a bounty hunter ex-boyfriend she thought she’d left behind.
TVbythenumbers.com also quoted Michael Luisi, current President of WWE Studios, for the piece:
We are so pleased to partner with a tremendous network like ABC Family,” said Michael Luisi, President, WWE Studios. “25 Days of Christmas is one of the biggest cable programming events of the year and is the perfect release platform for this engaging holiday title.”
On paper, it's hard to see how this can go wrong.
Sure, WWE Studios have made a few missteps in the family-comedy genre (anyone remember the hideous debacle that was Knucklehead?). However, by partnering with an experienced, successful network like ABC Family (the channel produces hit shows like Pretty Little Liars and The Secret Life of the American Teenager), they may be guaranteeing themselves a hit.
After all, television movies usually don't cost much to produce, and a good-natured, heart-warming holiday film will likely get decent ratings, due to the time of the year, if nothing else.
Christmas Bounty also marks yet another acting role for The Miz, who is quickly turning into one of the most busy wrestlers-turned-actors on the roster, having picked up roles in TV roles in hit shows Psych and A Pair of Kings earlier this year.
He is also serving as the lead in upcoming movie The Marine: Homefront, the third installment of WWE Studios' military-themed franchise and has a part in soon-to-be-released French wrestling film Les reines du ring (Queens of the Ring), which is about a woman who decides the best way to bond with her estranged son is to become a WWE Diva.