Batista to Star in and Produce New Action Thriller ‘Cooler’
WWE Legend Batista is set to produce and star in “Cooler,” a new action thriller.
We noted last week that Batista’s Dogbone Entertainment signed an initial deal with FilmNation Entertainment’s new production label, Infrared. “Cooler” is the first project to come out of the new deal, according to Deadline.
Batista will play the role of Ray Sagona, a South Beach bouncer who is about to find redemption and get his family back. When a drug-filled safe is stolen from the club where he works, Sagona is blackmailed into finding it before the Miami Police Department’s Narcotics Bureau comes to retrieve it on a Sunday night. Now, as Sagona’s past and present collide in ever more dangerous ways, Sagona must survive an epic 36-hour odyssey through Miami Beach to retrieve the safe…one final Herculean task in her journey to the absolution.
Production on the film is set to begin in the summer of 2023. Drew Pearce will direct the film from his own script. Pearce will also produce through his Point of No Return banner, with Batista’s Dogbone Entertainment. Drake, Future the Prince and Jonathan Meisner will produce through their DreamCrew label, while Drew Simon and Sam Speiser will produce for Infrared. Ian Fisher and Toby Harvard are executive producers on behalf of Point of No Return. Infrared is also financing the film and handling worldwide sales.
“Dave is one of the most moving and talented collaborators I’ve had the chance to work with – the chance to build an iconic character with him and make the kind of long dark night thriller of the soul that I’ve always loved is too good to be true. The fact that we can do it all in Miami, guided by the epic cultural insights of Drake and Future The Prince, is frankly breathtaking. And there’s nobody more perfect to be our partner than Infrared, whose creative ambitions align perfectly with what we want this film to be,” Pearce said in a press release.
“Drew Pearce is one of the action genre’s most exciting storytellers and we are extremely proud to partner with him to bring his dynamic and exciting vision to the screen. With Dave at the center of the story and the creative minds of DreamCrew on our team, we couldn’t have asked for a better project to kick off our Dogbone Entertainment contract. This is the kind of bold and entertaining project that Infrared represents and we look forward to continuing to work with this incredible group. of people,” added Infrared’s president of production, Simon.
Pearce previously worked with Batista when he made his writer/director debut with the 2018 action crime film “Hotel Artemis,” which also starred Jodie Foster and others.
The animal will next be seen this holiday season in Netflix’s “Glass Onion: Knives Out 2,” which recently received rave reviews when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He’s currently filming the sequel to “Dune,” and also has Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” released May 5, 2023. Batista recently completed M. Night Shyamalan’s “Knock at The Cabin,” which will hit theaters. on Feb. 3, 2023. Batista is also set to star and produce in Netflix’s 2023 film “Unleashed,” and will also star in MGM’s buddy comedy film Lethal Weapon-esque starring Jason Momoa, which premiered in a Tweet from August 2021 by the former WWE Champion.
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