UPDATE: WWE sent out the following today, confirming the
new WWE Studios film, Celebrity Death Pool. The movie will star Ken Jeong (The
Hangover) and David Hasselhoff. Hulk Hogan is set to have a role in the film as
Hyde Park-Image Nation and WWE Studios team up for
‘Celebrity Death Pool’ comedy
LOS ANGELES and STAMFORD, Conn. –
Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment, Image Nation Abu Dhabi and WWE Studios
announced that they are joining up again to co-produce a comedy with the working
title “Untitled Celebrity Death Pool.” Ken Jeong (“The Hangover,” “Community”)
has signed on to star in the satire, which centers on a struggling nightclub
owner whom, after amassing a large debt from a loan shark, sets out to win his
long-running celebrity death pool by attempting to kill his chosen celebrity,
David Hasselhoff. Darren Grant (“Diary of a Mad Black Woman”) will direct from a
script written by Peter Hoare.
In addition to Hasselhoff, legendary WWE
Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan and an increasing number of other celebrities have
signed on for various supporting roles and cameo appearances. Pre-production for
the film commences this September in Los Angeles, with a theatrical release
anticipated for 2015.
WWE Studios President Michael Luisi and Hyde Park’s
Amritraj are producing the picture along with Hasselhoff, Michele Berk, Patrick
Hughes and Warren Zide. Eric Gardner is Executive Producing. Hyde Park
International will handle international sales with WWE Studios set to leverage
its extensive multi-platform reach to promote the film.
SVP of Business Affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of WWE Studios and Allen
Babakhanloo, VP of Business Affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of Hyde Park
Jeong is currently shooting “Ride Along 2″ with Ice Cube
and Kevin Hart for Universal Pictures.
ORIGINAL: Ken Jeong will star in a new comedy for WWE
Studios. The as-yet-untitled film will see Jeong play a struggling nightclub
owner who after amassing a large debt from a loan shark, sets out to win a
long-running celebrity death pool by attempting to kill David Hasselhoff according to Variety. Hulk Hogan
will cameo in the film.