When people hear the name “Gene Simmons,” the first image that pops into their head is likely that inhumanly long tongue hanging down to the beat of “Rock and Roll All Nite.” Now, though, Simmons is getting in the ring with a pretty unusual partner to jump into the scene of horror movies.
According to Variety, the Kiss frontman is forming a business partnership with World Wrestling Entertainment’s WWE Studios in a venture aimed at financing and producing horror movie projects under a new banner, Erebus Pictures. The partnership is for a deal to co-produce three new horror films, starting with Temple, which has already begun pre-production at WWE Studios. The name of the new studio should fit right in with the persona of Simmons, who on stage as the Kiss bass player and co-lead vocalist dresses in the guise of “the Demon.” Erebus, taken from the Greek mythological primordial deity, is seen as a personification of darkness, born of chaos at the beginning of time.
WWE Studios was originally established in 2002 to finance and produce a range of feature films featuring prominent WWE performers in lead roles. Past films include several starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson like The Rundown and Walking Tall, to other action vehicles like The Marine starring John Cena, The Condemned starring “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Chaperone starring Triple H, and Bending the Rules starring Adam “Edge” Copeland. They’ve also dipped their toes into horror before, producing the modest box office success See No Evil in 2006 starring their own demon of the ring, Kane.
On the partnership, Simmons released a statement saying,”The horror genre continues to fascinate me as it proves to be endlessly thrilling and engaging for audiences.” WWE Studios president Michael Luisi also added, “Horror films fall into a genre that thrives on genuine passion, and I believe this partnership truly capitalizes on that sentiment and supports our vision.”
Temple, the first film of the three-picture deal, deals with highly trained military operatives being locked in a compound while dealing with paranormal activity. It’s expected to begin shooting this summer, with the second film of the deal expected to go into production inside of the year. For more on this partnership as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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