Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights from WWE Studios, Gene Simmons and Erebus Pictures to John Stockwell’s “Armed Response,” which stars Wesley Snipes.
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 begins to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover what killed the previous team.
Joining Snipes in front of the camera are Anne Heche, WWE Superstar Seth Rollins, Gene Simmons and Dave Annable.
“Armed Response” 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.”
WWE Studios President Michael Luisi produced the film along with Gene Simmons under their Erebus Pictures banner. 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.
Saban Films, with DIRECTV, also acquired Eshom and Ian Nelms’ 2017 SXSW entry “Small Town Crime,” starring John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Robert Forster, and Octavia Spencer; as well as Roland Joffé’s “The Forgiven” starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana.
The 2017 Saban Films slate includes: John Michael McDonagh’s “War on Everyone” starring Michael Peña, Alexander Skarsgård, Theo James, and Tessa Thompson; Colm McCarthy’s critically acclaimed apocalyptic thriller “The Girl with All the Gifts”; and more.