His WWE non-compete’s expired, and he’s made it pretty clear that when/if he next shows up in a wrestling promotion, he’ll be working under his real first name. But is that what's next for Windham Rotunda, fka Bray Wyatt?
From the time of his surprise release over the summer, there were rumors and speculation that Rotunda’s next project wouldn’t be in pro wrestling. A photo tweeted out by make-up artist, designer & filmmaker Jason Baker (who helped with Bray Wyatt’s Fiend masks and other props) showing him in Hollywood with Windham supported that theory.
Now, while speaking to Metro’s Alistair McGeorge, Baker confirms that he and Rotunda are working on a movie - and even provides some details:
“We’re starting a film at the end of the month. Two weeks to go, we’re filming in Tennessee. It’s a feature film and it’s something really new and different. I’d say probably the best way to describe it is Ichi the Killer meets Xanadu. We had some meetings out there and things happened and things got moving forward, and now we’re going and shooting this feature film with him and the end of the month.”
Yowie wowie! A cross between Japanese auteur Takashi Miike's gonzo action horror masterpiece about a deranged man who’s manipulated into killing gangsters while being stalked by an even more twisted murderer, and a musical fantasy romance starring Olivia Newton John as a Greek goddess sent to open a disco in Los Angeles? Sign me up!
Whether you’re wild about Baker’s pitch for the film or not, it’s evidence for wrestling fans who wondered if Windham didn’t need an outlet other than the squared circle for his creativity. It’s difficult to see how either of the influences for this project work in AEW. Or Impact. Maybe if DDT Pro and CZW merge, it could work at the twisted fed that union could create. But Hollywood is probably the right place for it.
Don’t expect to see any of the Firefly Fun House gang in the picture, says Baker:
“We’re not using any of that – we’re going in a completely different direction, a whole new thing. It should be fun. Hopefully fans of horror and fans of Windham like it! We get to chop somebody up with a chainsaw, filet their back and dig their eyeball out with a pencil. We just shot it here in our studio. We just paid everybody in pizza and just had that old mindset. It wasn’t stressful. It wasn’t anything like that.”
Will you be checking this out, scripted fight fans? Or are you just going to wait to see if the artist formerly known as Bray Wyatt shows up on a wrestling show?