WWE and Lionsgate today announced that there will be a sequel to The Condemned, one of the first action flicks Stone Cold Steve Austin starred in, and Randy Orton will play the lead role. Work on the film is set to begin later this year, so it's at least possible that played a part in the decision to have John Cena defeat Orton at Hell in a Cell last night in Dallas.
Here's the full press release:
SANTA MONICA, Calif., and STAMFORD, Conn. - Lionsgate, the premier next-generation global content leader, and WWE Studios announced today the production of "The Condemned 2: Desert Prey," (working title), which extends the long-standing partnership between the two studios.
Roel Reiné ("Death Race: Inferno," "The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption") is set to direct with WWE Superstar Randy Orton attached to star. "The Condemned 2" marks Reiné's and Orton's second film together after the successful release of "12 Rounds 2: Reloaded." Alan McElroy ("The Marine 4: Moving Target") wrote the script. The film is scheduled to commence principal photography in New Mexico later this year.
"The Condemned 2" follows a former bounty hunter (Orton) who soon finds himself on the run as part of a newly revamped, high-stakes and deadly Condemned tournament.
"We're thrilled to be continuing ‘The Condemned' franchise with Randy, Roel and our terrific partners at Lionsgate," said Michael Luisi, WWE Studios President.
WWE Studios will leverage its extensive multi-platform reach to promote the film.
"We are excited to be reteaming with WWE on "The Condemned 2," after such a positive experience on the original film," said Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks. "The combination of their brand marketing capabilities, creativity and deep lineup of dynamic onscreen talent result in a powerful partnership."
WWE Studios and Lionsgate previously collaborated on "The Condemned," "See No Evil" and "Leprechaun: Origins," as well the just-released "See No Evil 2." In 2015, the two studios will release the first two installments of their "Action Six-Pack" series: "Vendetta," directed by The Soska Sisters ("See No Evil 2") and starring WWE Superstar Paul "Big Show" Wight, as well as "Lockdown," directed by Stephen Reynolds ("Tomb Raider Ascension") and starring WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose.
Bradley Buchanan, SVP of Business Affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of WWE Studios, and Wendy Jaffe, EVP of Business & Legal Affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of Lionsgate.