When WWE Studios first launched with a gory slasher film called See No Evil back in 2006, it seemed like a company that was destined to usher in a new golden age of schlocky, exploitive B-movies starring professional wrestlers. Not too long after, a parent company decree that everything with the WWE name on it should be PG and family friendly kind of robbed the whole venture of its teeth though. Gone were gory horror movies like See No Evil and cheesy actioners like The Condemned, and in their place were wacky comedies like Knucklehead and The Chaperone. This strategy was stupid, so thankfully WWE has recently been getting away from it by doing things like taking a stake in the production of The Call, which was a fairy successful thriller, and developing Leprechaun: Origins, which is sure to be delightfully twisted. And today we got our best indication yet that WWE Studios might be going back to their original strategy of flooding the market with the sort of low-rent but charming grindhouse stuff that used to line the VHS racks of your local video store. Variety is reporting that they’re bringing back the star of See No Evil, Kane (Glenn Jacobs), and having him star in a sequel.


WWE Studios has had an interesting history. First set up in the hopes that it would be able to develop theatrically released starring vehicles for WWE wrestlers in the action and horror genres, this fledgling wing of Vince McMahon Jr.’s empire has since gone through myriad strategy changes. It’s gone from making R rated films to making PG and PG-13 rated films exclusively, from giving its movies wide releases to giving them straight to video releases, it’s moved away from action and tried its hand at family films and comedies, and most recently it’s even teamed up with Lionsgate to re-boot the Leprechaun franchise. And today the studio announced that they’re going to be adding yet another type of film to their repertoire, by creating an animated feature. Which is an historic announcement indeed, as this new project will be the first time wrestlers have appeared in animated form since Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling hit the television airwaves in the early ’80s.

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