This week Jim Ross was interviewed by the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Ross talks in-depth about the WWE divas, including the possibility of Stephane McMahon returning to television and what Divas match JR wants to see at WrestleMania 24.
WWE Films generated its first dollars for the company in the last quarter of 2007 with a total of $16 million in sales mainly from the Kane movie ‘See No Evil’. While ‘The Marine’ with John Cena was way more popular than Kane’s, revenue from that movie will most probably be recorded in the first quarter of 2008. ‘The Condemned’ with Steve Austin didn’t break even and it’s highly unlikely that the company will make any money off that movie after covering marketing and production costs. No movies are scheduled for this year however John Cena will start working on his new movie titled ’12 Rounds’ in New Orleans. The movie will be released in theaters in 2009 while other projects which are being considered are all going direct to video. Direct to video movies cost much less to produce and can bring in revenue much quicker than a theatrical release unless it’s a blockbuster movie that made millions in its first weekend. (thanks to Colin Vassallo)
From Jeff Sheridan: If you’re a subscriber to Howard Stern On Demand, go to the Daily Shows section, go to page 2 & you’ll see “2/7 Win Fred’s Money” where indy wrestler Tim Arson (AKA ECW’s The Zombie) appears on. The segment’s 25 minutes.
With WWE dropping Jakks in 2010 there is also talk of them dropping THQ when their deal ends the same year. EA is very interested in the WWE video game license and are likely to put in a bid for it when their deal with THQ is up.