Seven years ago, World Wrestling Entertainment ventured out of simple “sports entertainment” and opened WWE Studios in order to capitalize on the popularity of their wrestlers, often times playing upon their gimmicks for the concept of the film. After co-financing starring vehicles for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, WWE Studios would then go on to produce their first feature film with a little-known slasher titled See No Evil from first-time director Gregory Dark. The movie only barely passed its budget in domestic box office gross and was met with a 9%, or Rotten, rating from the Rotten Tomatoes film website. However, since then, WWE Studios has had somewhat mixed luck at the box office: The Marine and 12 Rounds were smaller box office hits; The Condemned performed well on DVD as opposed to theaters; The Day, Dead Man Down and No One Lives proved to be dead on arrival.
Well it has been announced this week that WWE Studios will not be discouraged by the domestic set backs, focusing instead on their big hit with the Halle Berry-starring The Call and See No Evil’s foreign and home media score, going ahead and greenlighting See No Evil 2. The film is set to take place quite soon after the events of the first film, when crazed murderer Jacob Goodnight (Glen Jacobs a.k.a. WWE’s “Kane”) wakes up in the morgue and begins terrorizing a group of medical students trapped in the building with him. This film will be alongside WWE’s reboot of the Leprechaun franchise as well as their first theatrically released Wrestler-starring film since 12 Rounds, Interrogation with “CM Punk”.
Along with this was also the news that the film will be directed by the Canadian filmmaking duo, Jen and Sylvia Soska. The Soska Twins, who introduced the world to American Mary last year to critical acclaim and independent success, will make See No Evil 2 their first studio-assigned film to be released, following their short in Drafthouse Films’ More ABC’s of Death. The film will be co-written by Nathan Brookes and Bobby Lee Darby, and will be distributed by Lionsgate Entertainment. Production on the film is set to start this fall, and no release date has been set as of now, but with the Soska’s attached, one can only imagine what sick, depraved acts the two exceptional filmmakers are going to bring to this project.
– By Matthew Delhauer
Matt Delhauer is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, with a degree in communications and digital filmmaking. As an avid fan of horror films since childhood, Matt has had years of exposure to the best, worst, and many in between. Outside of film Matt also holds knowledge in several fields of media and entertainment, from literature to television, which are all met with an eye for analysis and a love of entertainment. For more of Matt’s work take a look at his blog at www.gingergeekblogs.blogspot.com or follow him on twitter: @MattDelhauer