WWE Studios has been around since 2002, but in those 17 years they’ve made surprisingly few movies about pro wrestling. Other than animated crossovers with Hanna-Barbera characters like Scooby Doo and the Flintstones, they seem to specialize in action movies about rugged men (usually played by WWE Superstars) overcoming the odds, like The Marine and 12 Rounds franchises. They’ve also dabbled in horror and let the Miz star in a couple of Christmas movies.
This year, however, wrestling has seemingly become more of a focus for the studio that grew out of a wrestling company. First there was Fighting With My Family, Stephen Merchant’s Paige biopic, and now there’s a new project coming from WWE Studios and Netflix that puts a children’s fantasy spin on the wrestling business.
The Main Event is a live-action family film coming to Netflix in 2020, as reported by The Wrap. In addition to The Miz, Kofi Kingston, and Sheamus, it will feature Seth Carr, Tichina Arnold, Ken Marino, and Adam Pally. Carr will star as a young boy who loves wrestling and finds a magical mask that enables him to compete for a chance to become a WWE Superstar. The movie is written by Larry Postel and directed by Jay Karas. Filming starts this week in Vancouver.