Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios are collaborating on a sequel to SPA’s 2007 CG film Surf’s Up — an Oscar-nominated comedy about surfing penguins. The companies are co-financing and producing the movie, which is slated for a 2017 release in time for the property’s 10th anniversary. Titled Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania, the sequel will be distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, with WWE Studios providing marketing support by leveraging its multi-platform reach.
The new adventure finds Cody Maverick hungry for a new challenge, so he convinces a surf crew known as The Hang 5 — voiced by WWE Superstars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, WWE Diva Paige and Mr. McMahon — to let him join in their journey to a mysterious place known as The Trenches, where legend has it they will find the biggest waves in the world. But Cody soon discovers that the life he left behind might be more heroic than any death-defying wave.
Wavemania is being helmed by Genndy Tartakovsky’s protege Henry Yu, making his directorial debut after serving as a story artist on the Hotel Transylvania flicks. Abdul Williams wrote the screenplay and Michelle Wong produces. Rainmaker Entertainment is providing the animation.