EXCLUSIVE: WWE Studios has acquired Bermuda, a found-footage horror spec script by Bobby Lee Darby and Nathan Brookes. Set in the Bermuda Triangle, the story focuses on a documentary film crew that goes missing. The only trace is the discovery of their film footage chronicling their final desperate days. The scribes previously wrote Slaughter, a homage to Japanese cult horror films that won a Horror Screenplay Competition prize at Slamdance. Original Artists repped the scribes along with Hung Entertainment. ”The Bermuda Triangle has always been an intriguing and mysterious setting,” said WWE Studios president Michael Luisi. “Bobby and Nathan’s script puts a very unique spin on the found footage genre.”
EXCLUSIVE: In a deal that just kisses seven-figures, WWE Studios has acquired U.S. distribution rights to The Day, the Douglas Aarniokoski-directed post apocalyptic thriller that played last night in the Midnight Madness program. WWE Studios is a surprise combatant in the film acquisitions ring, but newly named WWE Studios president Michael Luisi said the company will use its TV, digital/social media and print assets–which reach more than 20 million people each week–to generate heat for the film.
Set in a post-apocalyptic future, five survivors wander along the back roads, trying to survive. Food and ammunition is dwindling and their attempt at seeking shelter leads them into a battleground where they must make a final stand. The film takes place over a nightmarish 24 hours. Shawn Ashmore, Ashley Bell, Michael Eklund, Cory Hardrict, Dominic Monaghan and Shannyn Sossamon star. The soundtrack is by Rock Mafia. The film first screened for media on Monday, and distributors including eOne, Anchor Bay, IFC and Lionsgate circled all week before a deal was closed right after the film’s midnight premiere at the Ryerson. Luke Passmore wrote the script and Guy A. Danella produced. Aarniokoski, Michael Finley, Tim James, Antonina Armato and Ross M. Dinerstein were exec producers.
“The Day is a renegade thriller ride that will not disappoint audiences,” Luisi said in a statement. “We went to Toronto looking for flms to showcase and expand the WWE Studios brand and found exactly that with Doug’s exceptional film.” …
Michael Luisi, who until this year ran the day-to-day operations at Miramax as EVP Worldwide Operations, has been tapped as president of WWE Studios, where he joined in January as EVP Business Development and General Counsel. He will report to WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. Luisi will be charged with expanding the WWE portfolio worldwide on multiple platforms — theatrical, home video and VOD. The first project he will oversee is No One Lives, a co-production with Pathe Pictures that stars Luke Evans and is directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. The horror thriller, which Luisi brought to the company, is in postproduction.