to Bring Spike TV's "Deadliest Warrior" to the Big Screen
BRINGS SPIKE TV'S "DEADLIEST WARRIOR" TO THE BIG SCREEN
(September 14, 2010) - Paramount Pictures announced today it has made a
deal for Shawn Levy's 21 Laps Entertainment to do a big-screen adaptation
of sister company Spike TV's original hit series "Deadliest
Warrior." The announcement comes on the heels of the show's Season 2
finale, which brought about exceptional ratings for the network.Spike TV
has renewed the series for a third season.
This partnership by Paramount and Spike TV marks the first time that
the Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) owned companies have worked together.
"Spike has some of the most innovative and forward-thinking content
on television today, "Deadliest Warrior" being no exception. The
property has proven its ability to engage audiences across multiple
platforms," said Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman.
"We hope this is the first of much future collaboration with
"Deadliest Warrior" pits history's greatest warriors against
one another to determine who reigns supreme. Along with the use of 21st
century science and the latest in CGI technology, the series enlists
world-class fighters, historians and weapons experts to provide insight
into the unique history and style of these combatants which culminates in
a head-to-head final fight between two warriors to declare which one would
have been the deadliest. The first two seasons showed such memorable
battles as Spartan vs. Ninja, Viking vs. Samurai, Pirate vs. Knight,
Yakuza vs. Mafia and Comanche vs. Mongol.
The film's storyline is being kept under wraps.
Shawn Levy and 21 Laps President Dan Levine will produce the film, with
the possibility that Levy may direct. The property fits within Levy and 21
Laps' ongoing expansion from family comedies to event action movies,
following the "Night and the Museum" franchise and Levy's
current action drama "Real Steel" with Hugh Jackman for
Source: Spike TV Press Release