Larry the Cable Guy is still a thing, folks. It’s true. Larry, real name Daniel Whitney, has managed to sustain a weird level of pop culture relevance since debuting his redneck persona in the early nineties. The Blue Collar Comedy Tour staple alongside comedians Ron White, Bill Engvall, and ringleader Jef Foxworthy, Whitney has hosted Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy on the History Channel (“Larry’s Favorite Stuff” is a particularly touching episode), voiced the beloved tow truck Mater in Pixar’s Cars franchise, and swung a Golden Raspberry Award in 2013’s A Madea Christmas.
Dude Ain’t going away, and both Fox and WWE Studios have every intention of keeping Larry Cable Guyin’ in 2014 with the weirdly random announcement of a sequel to 1996’s Jingle All the Way.
Yes, Larry is stepping into Arnold Schwarzenegger’s shoes as lead in a direct to home video entry into what will now be a franchise. Rightly so, what with fans of the universally panned, almost twenty-year-old original clamoring for a second entry, with no original cast, and way more wrestlers. WWE Studios, responsible for That’s What I Am, The Chaperone, The Marine (1,2, and 3), and the upcoming Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, doesn’t drop a film without throwing some of their roster into the mix.
Co-starring as the Sinbad to Larry’s Schwarzengger, is WWE Superstar Santino Marella (Anthony Carelli), best known for sporting a pretty rad unibrow and poking his fellow wrestlers with a snake sock puppet to devastating effect. The sequel will be written and directed by Alex Zamm, who is no stranger to the world of direct to DVD fare. His filmography includes Inspector Gadget 2, Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, and the Larry the Cable Guy-led Tooth Fairy 2, making Jingle All the Way 2 a reunion.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is handling worldwide distribution of the film, while WWE Studios will swing the promotional duties across their various shows, online outlets, and on WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon’s recently announced WWE Network.
President of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Mike Dunn says of its collaboration with the WWE’s film arm, “WWE Studios remains a valuable partner, and we are pleased to continue to bring these films to their legions of fans across the globe. We’re excited to be launching the fourth installment of the tremendously successful franchise, The Marine, and to have Larry the Cable on board for Jingle All the Way 2, a perfect star for our first family comedy with WWE Studios.”
He apparently said all of this without breaking into giggles. No word yet on when home audiences can expect Jingle All the Way 2. Patience, dear readers.