WWE To Make Films With Netflix

First feature, The Main Event, to star John Cena.

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WWE Studios' films look set to bypass cinemas (and the straight-to-DVD shelves) in the near future after the company agreed a partnership with online streaming service Netflix.

Mike Johnson of PWInsider confirmed the link-up, reporting that the studio will focus on family-friendly fare, with the first feature scheduled to begin production this summer.

The Main Event, which is set to include small cameos for WWE superstars John Cena, The Miz, Bray Wyatt, and Sheamus, follows the story of a bullied ten-year-old with designs on becoming a pro-wrestler. Thanks to the magic power of his breakfast cereal, he obtains super-strength.

As 'The Spaghetti Kid' (that's breakfast these days?), he almost certainly puts the bullies in their place. Or perhaps not. We bet he does, though.

WWE Studios - then WWF Entertainment - was formed in 2002 to help fund The Rock's various vehicles as he broke into Hollywood. In 2006, the studio started producing its own films, beginning with the dismal See No Evil. Despite being panned by critics, the Kane romp doubled its budget at the box office.

The similarly terrible The Marine, released the same year, provided John Cena with his first role on the big screen.

The latest WWE Studios flick, Fighting with My Family, a fictionalised biopic on superstar Paige, is due to release on 14 February. Perhaps a film about Bruce Prichard would have been more appropriate?

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