Stone Cold Steve Austin, Action Movie Star

A recent press release from the WWE, announcing that they're about to begin production on their third film, doesn't seem all that strange on the surface -- unless you realize that "WWE" stands for World Wrestling Entertainment. (Yep, they make their own movies now.)

WWE press release: "World Wrestling Entertainment® (WWE) has begun pre-production on its third film, 'The Condemned,' which will be distributed theatrically by Lionsgate, it was announced today by Joel Simon, President, WWE Films, and Peter Block, Lionsgate's President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions.

The film will star WWE's Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vinnie Jones ('Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,' 'X-Men: The Last Stand') and will be directed by Scott Wiper, who also wrote the screenplay from an original script by Rob and Andrew Hedden. 'The Condemned' will commence principal photography on May 15, 2006, on location on the Gold Coast, Australia and at the Warner Roadshow Studios in Australia. Block will oversee the production for Lionsgate, along with Jason Constantine, Vice President, Acquisitions and John Sacchi, Vice President, Production.

The production follows WWE's two previous feature productions, 'See No Evil,' the horror thriller starring WWE Superstar Kane, which will be released by Lionsgate nationwide on May 19; and 'The Marine,' which will be released by 20th Century Fox on September 8. 'The Condemned' is produced by Simon and executive produced by Vince McMahon, Chairman, World Wrestling Entertainment and Michael Lake. Jed Blaugrund is co-executive producer and Ross Emery ('The Cave') will serve as the director of photography.

"I am passionate about our WWE Films division and am thrilled to announce 'The Condemned' as the third feature film on our slate," said McMahon. "Joel and his team are going into production on an action-packed, adrenaline pumping, psychological thrill ride."

"We're delighted be filming in Australia once again," said Simon. "We always find a wealth of very talented people over there, as well as some extraordinary locations. The settings will add to the look and feel of this high-octane action thriller."

Block added, "Stone Cold Steve Austin, Vinnie Jones and the rest of the cast will blow audiences away. This film has a great story, extreme action and hard core heart. We very much look forward to working with the WWE for the second time to bring the film to moviegoers."

An adrenalin-charged action thriller, 'The Condemned' tells the story of Joe Conrad (Stone Cold Steve Austin), who is awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American prison. He is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer and taken to a desolate island where he must fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world, with freedom going to the sole survivor."



Alsan Ali

... hard-core heart?

I think that says enough...

And does this remind anybody else of the video game Manhunt?

Apr 21 - 05:16 AM


Jeff Meurer

reminds me of that Ah-nuld movie....The Running Man, was it?

Apr 21 - 06:38 AM


DJ Hnd

sounds like Manhunt/Battle Royale

Apr 21 - 11:31 AM


First Last

Oscar anyone?

Apr 21 - 01:53 PM


Harry Myland

it'll be interesting to see if WWE movies take off, or if they'll sink faster than the XFL. See No Evil looks like it could go either way, either being a "classic" style horror flick, or poo on a stick. Haven't heard of "The Marine" or "John Cena" so can't comment there. Stone Cold was my favorite wrestler back in the old WWF days (I quit watching shortly after the name change) so I hope that movie does well, Austin is better than the Rock anyday...AND THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE! heh...haven't said that in years... :)

Apr 21 - 03:48 PM


Dave Magnum

Sounds like the old Ray Liotta movie, No Escape.

Apr 21 - 04:53 PM


jonathan watterman

bloodsport anyone?

Apr 23 - 01:42 PM


Dan Huck

[b]This is funny[/b]
"Stone Cold Steve Austin, Vinnie Jones and the rest of the cast will blow audiences away."

Glad to know that before they even start FILMING. What a bunch of tools. I am not sure what to think of these WWE films. Is there any story at all? The stories in WWE have been pretty brutal for a while now so I don't see a lot of promise here.

Hmmm, could be "No Escape" or "Gladiator." Who wants to bet on the former?

Apr 23 - 02:13 PM


Patrick Kerl

The Condemned sounds like a rip-off of Manhunt. :P

Apr 23 - 11:30 PM

Irish rattlesnake

rattle snake

i dont give a fuck austin is in it and he is a better actor than the rock and triple h...pff
plus he has got parts for films and adds so stfu kids

Jun 17 - 10:35 AM

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