WWE and the media entrepreneur and former KISS idol will finance and produce ‘elevated’ horror fare, kicking off with a three-film deal led by Temple.

WWE Studios originally acquired and developed Temple, which is set to begin shooting this summer and follows elite operatives trapped inside an isolated military compound with a terrifying history.

Matt Savelloni wrote the screenplay and a director and cast will be announced shortly. The second Erebus production is forecast to begin shooting before the end of the year.

“The horror genre continues to fascinate me as it proves to be endlessly thrilling and engaging for audiences,” said Simmons. “I am so thrilled to be working with the masterminds from WWE Studios in launching Erebus Pictures.”

“Horror films fall into a genre that thrives on genuine passion and I believe this partnership truly capitalises on that sentiment and supports our vision,” said WWE Studios president Michael Luisi. “I am confident that Erebus will provide audiences with an unprecedented horror experience.”

Bradley Buchanan negotiated on behalf of WWE Studios and Simmons is represented by Bob Lange of Kleinberg Lange.