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Sony Announces ‘Surf’s Up’ Sequel Starring WWE Superstars

We are now living in Donald Trump’s America. In this America, anything you can imagine is possible, even if what you imagine – like a wrestling-themed sequel to Sony’s Surf’s Up – makes absolutely no sense.

Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios have announced that they will co-finance and produce Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania. The direct-to-video project will be released next spring through Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, in time for the original film’s tenth anniversary.

Abdul Williams (writer of the urban-comedy Lottery Ticket) will script Surf’s Up 2, and story artist Henry Yu will make his directorial debut. Yu’s previous credits include Sym-Bionic Titan and both Hotel Transylvania movies. Here’s an interview with Yu in which he explains his artistic background and work history:

Animation will be provided by Rainmaker Entertainment, the studio behind the upcoming Ratchet & Clank feature, as well as Sony’s Open Season: Scared Silly, which will be out next week.

So, how will Surf’s Up 2 weave Wrestlemania into its surfing penguin premise? From the press release:

Cody Maverick, hungry for a new challenge, convinces an infamous big wave riding crew known as The Hang 5, voiced by WWE stars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, WWE Diva Paige, and Mr. McMahon, to let him join them on their journey to a mysterious surf spot known as The Trenches, where legend has it, they’ll find the biggest waves in the world. Cody soon discovers that the life he left behind might be more heroic than what any death-defying wave has to offer.

“We are thrilled to be working with Sony Pictures Animation to bring Cody Maverick back to audiences for more adventures, paired with our WWE Superstars in what promises to be a fun animated film for the entire family,” said Michael Luisi, WWE Studios president.

WWE Studios has previously created Wrestlemania-themed animation projects with Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones.

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