[WWE News] Randy Orton to Star in ’12 Rounds: Reloaded’ for WWE Studios
WWE announced today that Randy Orton will star in the movie 12 Rounds: Reloaded for WWE Studios. Orton will play an EMT who ends up in a cat and mouse game when his wife is kidnapped by a maniac with ties to his past. 12 Rounds: Reloaded is the sequel in spirit to the 2009 film 12 Rounds that starred John Cena as a man caught in the exact same situation, except instead of an EMT he was a cop. This will also be Orton’s first chance to star in a WWE Studios movie, having had a supporting role in last year’s anti-bullying drama That’s What I Am starring Ed Harris.
WWE Studios is no stranger to adapting their theatrical properties into sequels for the home market. 2006’s The Marine, another movie that starred Cena, has not one but two sort-of sequels: 2009’s The Marine 2 starring superstar Ted DiBiase Jr. and the just-wrapped The Marine 3: Homeland which stars Mike “The Miz” Mizanin.
Directorial duties on 12 Rounds: Reloaded will be handled by Roel Reiné, a veteran of the direct to DVD sequel world (previous credits include The Scorpion King 3 and Death Race: Inferno) from a script by David Benullo. The movie is slated to begin shooting on September 26th in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In a business sense, WWE Studios is doing the right thing; these movies are relatively inexpensive to make, and given their massive fanbase they can turn a profit rather easily. But really? A 12 Rounds sort-of sequel? And even worse, a 12 Rounds sort-of sequel that’s just the exact same movie with a different lead? The 2009 original wasn’t all that great to begin with and I doubt that taking a second pass at the concept with a much smaller budget behind it is really going to improve upon things. But you can’t knock the WWE for wanting to make some cash and I know there are fans out there that enjoy these movies. I’ll definitely give it a shot when it gets released.
Expect 12 Rounds: Reloaded on DVD/Blu-ray/Digital Download sometime next year courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.