WWE Studios and Kiss frontman Gene Simmons have joined forces to launch Erebus Pictures, a new label that will finance and produce horror movies. The initial deal is to co-produce three movie, starting with Temple, which was originally acquired and developed by WWE Studios.
Erebus Pictures plans to take full advantage of WWE’s weekly television shows, including Monday Night Raw and SmackDown, as well as WWE’s digital and social media presence, and the WWE Network cable channel.
“The horror genre continues to fascinate me as it proves to be endlessly thrilling and engaging for audiences,” Simmons said in a press release. “I am so thrilled to be working with the masterminds from WWE Studios in launching Erebus Pictures.”
“Horror films fall into a genre that thrives on genuine passion, and I believe this partnership truly capitalizes on that sentiment and supports our vision,” said Michael Luisi, President of WWE Studios. “I am confident that Erebus will provide audiences with an unprecedented horror experience.”
Temple is written by Matt Savelloni (Exile to Babylon) and will follow a team of highly trained operatives who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down. While investigating the source of the malfunction, the crew begins to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover who or what killed the team previously stationed at the compound.
Erebus Pictures says a director for Temple will be announced soon, and filming is expected to begin this summer. Erebus Pictures’ second feature will go into production later this year.