LOS ANGELES, March 5 (UPI) -- Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios say they have green-lit a sequel to Surf's Up, the 2007 action-comedy cartoon about surfing penguins.
The companies are co-financing and producing the movie, which is scheduled for release in 2017.
Featuring the voice talents of WWE stars John Cena, The Undertaker and Triple H, Surf's Up 2: WaveMania will be distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, with WWE Studios providing marketing support by leveraging its extensive multi-platform reach.
"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," Michael Luisi, WWE Studios' president, said in a statement.
"WWE has a proven track record with family audiences, and we couldn't be more excited to partner with them and dive back into the fun world of our surfing penguins," added Kristine Belson, president of Sony Pictures Animation.