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WWE Films produces violent remake of ’70s sitcom: ‘Lobo With a Shotgun,’ starring Jerry Lawler

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No need to pull the strap when you've got a loaded shotgun.

WWE Films continues its stranglehold on Hollywood B-movie-type fare with the announcement today of a modern-day remake of the late ’70s sitcom “The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo,” which starred the late Claude Akins as the scheming lawman of Orly County, Georgia. WWE’s “Lobo With a Shotgun” will star RAW announcer and Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler in the title role of Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo, with his base of operations moved to Daytona Beach, Fla.


WWE Divas Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres co-star as undercover bikini-clad deputies working with Lobo to break up a drug ring on the famed Florida beach led by Kharma (Kia Stephens) and The Big Show (Paul Wight).

Central casting: Horror. Gore. Half-naked women. These are a few of Lawler's favorite things.

Unlike the TV comedy, WWE’s version will be “a re-imagined, sexier, more violent take on a camp classic—fun for the whole family,” promised Stephanie McMahon, executive vice president, creative.

OK, not really, but you have to admit that concept sounds better than “The Marine 3.”

The above pic of the King is actually a publicity photo for the upcoming “Girls Gone Dead,” a horror film in which Lawler co-stars as Sheriff Jackson Cole.

The film, which also features porn legend Ron Jeremy playing himself, is about a group of six ex-high school cheerleaders who are stalked by a killer with a medieval war hammer and battle axe during their first spring break from college.

Sounds like a tongue-in-cheek ’80s horror throwback concept. (Based on a true story.)

In addition to his recent cameo in the Dick Tracy comic strip, this has to be another item to scratch off Lawler’s bucket list, as he’s a big fan of the horror-movie genre–not only the classic Universal movie monsters but also slasher films like the “Friday the 13th” series and “Halloween–he even contributed to Fangoria magazine in the early ’80s.

(All one has to do is look at the Ghosts of Memphis Wrestling’s Past to see Lawler’s affinity for outrageous pop-culture characters.)

Laying down the Lawler

Lawler later formed a friendship with Tom Savini, the makeup-effects master behind such splatter films as “Friday the 13th” “The Burning” (which starred a young Jason Alexander as one of the victims) and “Maniac.” Savini, a huge wrestling fan, eventually appeared as a heel on “Jerry Lawler’s Memphis Wrestling” a few years ago, sending in various movie monsters to gain revenge for the late Andy Kaufman, his “old Hollywood friend.”

In the clip below, Lawler explains how he wound up in the film…and explains his weapon of choice if he were a horror slasher.

 

  1. Daniel
    March 28th, 2012 at 21:27 | #1

    OK, this is why WWE should hire you. Your ideal sounds a million times better than theirs.
    I can’t wait for your Wrestlmania predictions with Scott Titpon. Here are mine:
    • Once in a Lifetime (unless they have a rematch): The Rock vs. John Cena
    Who do I want to win? John Cena. What do I think will win? John Cena
    • End of an Era, Hell in a Cell: The Undertaker vs. Triple H, special referee Shawn Michaels.
    Who do I want to win? The Undertaker. What do I think will win? The Undertaker
    • WWE Championship: CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho
    Who do I want to win? CM Punk. Who do I think will win? CM Punk
    • World Heavyweight Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Sheamus
    Who do I want to win? Daniel Bryan. Who do I think will win? Shemus
    • Randy Orton vs. Kane
    Who do I want to win? Kane Who do I think will win? Randy Orton
    • 12-man tag team match for control of Raw and SmackDown: Team Teddy (captain and US champion Santino Marella, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Zack Ryder, The Great Khali & Booker T) vs. Team Johnny (captain David Otunga, Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, The Miz & Drew McIntyre
    Who do I want to win? Don’t care. Who do I think will win? Team Johnny
    • Intercontinental championship: Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Big Show
    Who do I want to win? The Big Show. Who do I think will win? The Big Show
    • Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos vs. Beth Phoenix & Eve Torres
    Who do I want to win? Don’t care. Who do I think will win? Kelly Kelly and Menounos.

  2. David
    March 31st, 2012 at 17:49 | #2

    Hollywood writers booking the matches!?!? Freddy Prinze, Jr is on the creative team!?!?!? This explains so much…

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