WWE Studios And Richwater Films Announce Partnership For Two-Picture Deal
WWE Studios (NYSE: WWE) and independent British production and financing company Richwater Films announced today a partnership to co-produce and co-finance two upcoming films, starting with Eliminators, which will be directed by James Nunn (Tower Block, Green Street 3: Never Back Down) and will feature action star Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2, Zero Dark Thirty) and WWE Superstar Bad News Barrett.
Eliminators follows a former US Federal Agent who must abandon the witness protection program and come out of hiding after his London home is mistakenly invaded. Now with his daughter’s life in jeopardy, the determined father finds himself on the run from Europe’s most dangerous assassin to get her to safety. Eliminators will start principal photography in London late spring.
The second picture Rampage, currently in development, follows an American counter terrorism operative who must work with an English MI5 agent to take down a dangerous terrorist in London.The film is anticipated to go into production later this year.
“Having watched WWE programming since the 1991 Royal Rumble and regarding Vince McMahon as the ultimate entrepreneurial pioneer, I am thrilled to be in business with WWE Studios,” said Jonathan Sothcott, CEO and Founder of Richwater Films. “Michael and his team share my ambition to create high-quality genre movies and these films are sure to deliver thrills to audiences around the world.”
“As a major new player on the British Independent film scene, Richwater Films exudes a professional zeal that is highly compatible with the work we do here at WWE Studios,” said Michael Luisi, President of WWE Studios. “Both of our organizations are dedicated to creating films that engage and excite.”
WWE Studios will be handling worldwide rights, currently available for both upcoming films, and will leverage WWE’s extensive platforms from weekly TV shows, including WWE’s flagship programs, Monday Night Raw® and SmackDown®, digital, social media and WWE Network®, to market its titles.