Saban Films Acquires WWE Studios’ Sci-Fi Thriller Armed Response for North America
It may fall on the “horror lite” side of the fence, but when a film is described as a “sci-fi thriller,” we figure there are probably enough genre elements to entice our readers into checking it out… so here’s word on the latest WWE Studios film, Armed Response, which just landed distro with Saban Films.
From the Press Release:
Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights from WWE Studios, Gene Simmons, and Erebus Pictures to Emmy-nominated John Stockwell’s (Blue Crush) Armed Response. The film stars Wesley Snipes (the Blade franchise, The Expendables 3), Anne Heche (pictured below; Donnie Brasco, Psycho, “Hung”), WWE Superstar Seth Rollins®, Gene Simmons (KISS Co-Founder, Runaway, Wanted Dead or Alive, Extract, Why Him?), and Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters,” Little Black Book, What’s Your Number?).
The sci-fi thriller, written by Matt Savelloni, follows a team of highly trained operatives who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its AI is suddenly shut down. The crew members begin to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover what killed the previous team.
WWE Studios President Michael Luisi produced the film along with Gene Simmons under their Erebus Pictures banner. The film is currently in post-production.
Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said: “Armed Response is a unique story, with the look and feel of a sci-fi epic. We’ve been fans of WWE for a long time, and it is great to be partners on this film.”
Bill Bromiley, Ness Saban, and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films. WWE handled North American rights, with Voltage Pictures handling international sales.