Total Divas star Summer Rae will also be getting in on the action, having snagged a part in the former. This makes her the first Diva to ever appear in a WWE Studios film.
Mark Graser writes:
WWE Studios will produce “Jingle All the Way 2,” starring Larry the Cable Guy, and a fourth installment of “The Marine” together with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
WWE star Mike “The Miz” Mizanin will return for “The Marine 4,” after starring in the third outing last year. Should the film, which will also feature WWE Diva Summer Rae, prove a popular seller, the film could give Mizanin his first film franchise. Mizanin headlined the ABC Family comedy “Christmas Bounty” over the holidays.
The “Jingle” sequel, to be directed by Alex Zamm, will also feature WWE’s Santino Marella.
The Marine 4 will be a follow up to 2013's shockingly good Marine 3: Homefront.
The low-budget action film did surprisingly well on DVD, too, shifting over 150,000 copies in its first month of release. Impressive numbers compared to the anemic sales for 12 Rounds 2, which was out a few months later (figures from The Numbers.com).
The Miz also starred in last year's Christmas Bounty, which premiered on ABC Family in November.
It's not really a surprise WWE keep putting him in these films, he's one of the few wrestlers that can appear in a movie and perform quite capably. (On-screen, he's sort of like '80s Michael Biehn before he made all the terrible career choices.)
It will be interesting to see if Jingle All The Way 2 can live up to the success of its predecessor. While the 1996 comedy isn't exactly Citizen Kane, it made close to $130 million worldwide, as Box Office Mojo.
Similar to Arnold Schwarzenegger's Kindergarten Cop, it's also become something of a so-bad-its-good cult classic.
Come on, it's difficult not to find some amusement in the former Terminator risking life and limb to get his son a heavily sought-after toy.