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Fido Director Securing WWE Studios’ Supernatural Barricade

WWE Studios launched in 2006 with the slasher flick See No Evil. Since then they’ve produced terrible action movies, middling dramas, and cringe-inducing comedies. Barricade will mark World Wrestling Entertaiment’s return to horror, and this time odds are the movie won’t end with a dog peeing into a corpse’s eye socket.

WWE StudiosThe Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision Blog brings word that Fido director Andrew Currie will direct Barricade for WWE Studios with “Will & Grace” star Eric McCormack set to topline the supernatural thriller from writer Michaelbrent Collings.

McCormack will play “a psychiatrist, seeking to find normalcy after the sudden passing of his wife, who takes his two kids to a remote cabin for healing and bonding. Their joy soon turns to despair when the family is terrorized by unknown forces, and the father will stop at nothing to save them from peril.”

Assuming the unknown force terrorizing them doesn’t turn out to be Chris Benoit’s poltergeist, Barricade will mark the first production from WWE Films to not feature one of their wrestling superstars in either a starring or major supporting role. Unless WWE changes their mind and insist Hornswaggle be cast as McCormick’s bearded, tattooed son.

Shooting begins in Vancouver later this month.

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  • Vanvance1

    Fido was a winner but with the WWE behind this it’s sure to get dumbed down to wrestling fan level.

    • Cinemascribe

      I happen to know quite a few extraordinarily intelligent people who enjoy wrestling. I completely agree that -at this point- having the stamp of the WWE on a film pretty much indicates the resulting piece of cinema will likely be something of questionable quality, but you shouldn’t draw the inference that someone has lower intellectual standards or capabilities merely because they derive entertainment value from a spectator event.

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      • GJW

        I was going to comment, but thought below this would be better. I was simply going to play the devils advocate here. I’m not a wrestling fan, although I did enjoy a live event here in Pittsburgh in the 90’s. I wanted to go really just to go, it was a WWE Monday Night Raw. And, yes, I did have a time span of where I watched weekly,but that also was in the 90’s when they had The Rock (who cracks me up), and DX and NWO. I flipped over to the channel to watch the entertainment, I never watched the lower tier matches. They bore me. OH, what I was getting at: What Vanvance stated (and I agree with Vanvance 905 of the time) really is/could be said of the horror community also. Seriously, those outside the horror genre think the exact same thing about horror fans as what Vanvance stated about wrestling fans. AND, I leave with this, sigh, I hate to admit this BUT I kind of liked See No Evil. I thought it was a fun little flick to watch. I’ve actually seen it 2-3 times. I get a kick out of it. And that Kane makes a decent killer!!!!! Other than that one, I also tried to watch the one with John Cena, the marine one, FAIL!

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      • Vanvance1

        While it’s doubtless true that there exist intelligent, sophisticated fans of professional wrestling; the entertainment itself is low brow, simplistic and designed to be that way.

        I won’t argue that people don’t have guilty pleasures. I will argue that intelligent people know when they have made a choice that doesn’t require them to have their brains switched on.

        WWE writers know their target audience and you won’t see them aiming higher on purpose any more than you’d expect 2.5 Men to provide sophisticated, layered satire.

        • Foywonder

          I’d argue in an age when some of the most popular shows on television include Jersey Shore, Teen Moms, The Real Housewives of (Insert Location Here), and anything involving the Kardashians, I’d argue professional wrestling really shouldn’t be the whipping boy for lowbrow stupid entertainment as it used to be.

          That said, WWE’s movies have been universally awful. And to think when they first came along I thought there was an outside chance they could become the new Cannon Films. It really speaks volumes that this movie is simply being produced by them and isn’t being used to try and make one of their wrestlers a crossover star.