By Marc Graser
The companies will produce up to 13 three-minute installments of the online show that will be distributed across WWE’s digital platforms.
“Entourage” scribe Mike Benson will write the series. His credits also include “The Bernie Mac Show.”
“With a combination of their unique personalities, distinctive characteristics and huge built-in loyal fan base, WWE Superstars make for ideal animation subjects in ‘Camp WWE,’” said Dana Booton, general manager for Film Roman, which has produced the animation for “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill.”
In the show, parents of the WWE stars pack up their kids, their masks, chains and kneepads and send them off to Camp WWE to be transformed into model citizens by the most terrifying counselor who ever lived, Mr. McMahon, after they prove to be a nightmare for teachers and other kids.
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“Film Roman has been involved with some of the most well-known and humorous animated series,” said Michael Luisi, president WWE Studios. “They are the perfect partners for WWE Studios to capture our Superstars in a truly unique and fun way.”
Benson is repped by UTA, Inphenate and Hirsh Wallerstein.
WWE Studios recently set up a sequel for “No One Lives,” that the Soska Sisters are directing; and a film based on the TV show “The Fall Guy,” set to star Dwayne Johnson.
This year, the film division’s slate includes the Halle Berry thriller “The Call;” “Dead Man Down,” with Colin Farrell, Noomie Rapace and WWE’s Wade Barrett;” “The Marine 3: Homefront,” with WWE’s Mike “The Miz” Mizanin; and “12 Rounds 2: Reloaded,” with WWE’s Randy Orton. The latter two were released direct-to-homevideo through 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
The Miz also stars in “Christmas Bounty,” a holiday action comedy that bows on ABC Family on Nov. 26. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the film on Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 3. And WWE Studios will release Jason Momoa’s “The Road to Paloma” on homevideo with Anchor Bay Films later this year.
Next year, WWE Studios has “Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery,” out in the spring from Warner Home Entertainment; and “Leprechaun,” while a “Flintstones” movie, pairing up the animated characters with WWE’s roster of stars, is out in 2015.