World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. announced that principal photography will conclude this week in New Orleans, Louisiana on WWE Studios’ film, “Knucklehead,” starring Mark Feuerstein (“Royal Pains”), Melora Hardin (“The Office”) and WWE Superstar Paul “Big Show” Wight.
Director Michael W. Watkins (“Prison Break”) helms this comedy adventure, which also stars Dennis Farina (“Law & Order”), Wendy Malick (“Just Shoot Me!”), Rebecca Creskoff (“Hung”), Bobb’e J. Thompson (“Role Models”), Will Patton (“The Fourth Kind”) and Saul Rubinek (“Warehouse 13”).
“Knucklehead” will complete its location filming in and around New Orleans, Louisiana November 5, 2009 and is scheduled for theatrical release in the United States in Spring 2010. Written by Tom Sullivan & Bear Aderhold and Adam Rifkin, “Knucklehead” follows the on-the-road adventures of a trio of misfits – a naïve giant and church orphan-turned-amateur fighter Walter Krunk (Big Show); former mixed martial arts champion-turned-manager Eddie Sullivan (Mark Feuerstein); and church aide-turned-chaperone, Mary O’Connor (Melora Hardin) – fighting their way across the south to the annual Pro-Am mixed martial arts tournament in New Orleans.
“Knucklehead” is produced by WWE Studios’ Executive Vice President Mike Pavone and executive produced by WWE Studios’ Senior Vice President, Development & Production, Steve Barnett and Vice President, Production, David Calloway. Line producer is Robert Del Valle. Director of photography is Kenneth Zunder, production designer is Raymond Pumilia and costume designer is Claire Breaux. Editor is Peck Prior and the composer is James Raymond. “I asked Michael Watkins to join our team because he is the consummate director and he makes me laugh harder than anyone I know,” said Pavone. “He was also the perfect director to help set up the template moving forward for WWE Studios’ new slate of films.”
Emmy Award-winning Director Michael W. Watkins is well-known for his work as a director, producer, executive producer and cinematographer on numerous episodes of the television series: “Prison Break,” “Warehouse 13,” “The X-Files,” “Law & Order,” “The Guardian,” “Quantum Leap,” and “Las Vegas.” His other series credits include: “Royal Pains,” “Monk,” “Numb3rs,” “NYPD Blue,” “CSI,” “American Dreams,” “In Plain Sight,” “Smallville,” “The Agency” and “Brooklyn South.”