Hollywood industry magazine Variety recently wrote an interesting profile piece on WWE Studios, touting the film division's recent success and noting that a sequel to The Call may be in the works.
As Variety notes, The Call has been a massive success for the company which co-financed the film, Troika Pictures. The low-budget thriller is currently poised to earn $50 million in its theatrical run. And that's even before factoring in the overseas box office and DVD and Blu-ray sales. The film may very well have saved the company's film division, which has had a shoddy track record over the past decade.
Michael Luisi, President of WWE Studios, commented to the magazine:
The Call has exceed our most optimistic forecasts. It’s a crowd pleaser and it tends to play consistently well with the core WWE fans but it’s going beyond the core fans. That’s great for the WWE Studios brand.
Variety also noted that a sequel to the film is being considered. Whether it would be a stand-alone story with a similar premise (a 911 operator answering the call of a kidnap victim and frantically trying to keep her on the line) or Halle Berry could be persuaded to return remains to be seen.
The article also spoke about the success of The Marine 3: Homefront, which has emerged as a big hit on DVD, ranking highly on various sales and rental charts. Dead Man Down, which did not perform well, was also briefly mentioned in the piece.
Variety also mentioned the division's upcoming horror film, The Devil's Triangle, which was originally announced by Deadline last year. The film, which centers on a documentary crew exploring the famous Bermuda Triangle, is apparently WWE's attempts to cash in on the current found-footage craze.
In other film news, the first official poster for 12 Rounds: Reloaded was also unveiled over the weekend (via PWInsider), with the action sequel currently scheduled to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 4. The movie stars Randy Orton as a paramedic attempting to save his kidnapped wife from an evil criminal genius.