The next couple of months will be a busy time for WWE Studios, with The Call, Dead Man Down and The Marine 3: Homefront all due out in March.
But the film division is already looking ahead and planning future projects. Movie site Deadline exclusively reports that WWE Studios' next film will be a buddy cop comedy, tentatively-titled Cruisin' For A Brusin.'
WWE Studios producer Edward R. Pressman and Jason Blum’s Blum-Hanson-Allen Films are getting into the comedy game. The trio is developing Cruisin’ For A Brusin’, an action comedy to be written and directed by Adam Bhala Lough. It focuses on two rule-breaking ex-cops who get back together to take revenge on the crooks and corrupt senator who murdered their mentor.
Michael Luisi, president of WWE Studios, is also quoted for the article and speaks of his enthusiasm for the project:
As we continue to seek out key creative and strategic partnerships to broaden our release slate, the opportunity for WWE Studios to work with producers like Ed Pressman and Jason Blum, and their talented executive teams, was a natural fit for us.
Notably, this isn't the first time WWE has flirted with the "buddy cop" genre.
2012's Bending the Rules, which starred comedian Jamie Kennedy and Adam "Edge" Copeland, covered similar ground. The film itself wasn't too bad, and Edge is actually a very competent actor but, nonetheless, it didn't exactly set the world on fire. Hopefully WWE will have more luck with the genre this time around.
Presumably, the company will recruit one of its own wrestlers to star in the piece as one of the leads. Who could they pick? Well, John Cena would be an obvious choice, but he's starred in plenty of films already (The Marine, 12 Rounds, Legendary and The Reunion), and surely doesn't need the exposure.
Or maybe CM Punk, who has yet to feature in a WWE Studios film, despite being one of the better actors on the roster.