Paramount Pictures had previously assigned Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to produce an animated film focused on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Rogen took to Twitter to announce that his CGI-animated movie is going to be released on August 11, 2023. The film is directed by Jeff Rowe, who wrote on Disney’s Gravity Falls and Netflix’s Disenchantment. He most recently co-directed the Netflix film The Mitchells Vs. The Machines.
Well, Paramount wants more Ninja Turtles.
Deadline reports that Colin and Casey Jost have been tapped to pen a new movie with Michael Bay set to produce, the assumption is that this will be “live-action” but unknown if it’ll be a continuation of the previous two movies or a hard-reboot. There had been talk that next live-action film would be a reboot but it’s not mentioned in this report.
Colin Jost is famously a writer and Weekend Update co-host on Saturday Night Live.
Starting out as a violent comic book turned kids cartoon and toyline that was eventually developed into a live-action film franchise at New Line Cinema starting in 1990 and was recently rebooted with two installments at Paramount from producer Michael Bay.
Paramount hasn’t had much luck with reboots lately as the Michael Bay movies were increasingly bizarre/incoherent in comparison to the original Ninja Turtles films and the studio recently saw their G.I. Joe reboot Snake Eyes flop hard only earning $28.8 million in two weekends of release on a budget of $88 million.
The original 1990 movie had practical suits from Jim Henson, his final film before passing from cancer.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES – In New York, mysterious radioactive ooze has mutated four sewer turtles into talking, upright-walking, crime-fighting ninjas. The intrepid heroes — Michelangelo (Robbie Rist), Donatello (Corey Feldman), Raphael (Josh Pais) and Leonardo (Brian Tochi) — are trained in the Ninjutsu arts by their rat sensei, Splinter. When a villainous rogue ninja, who is a former pupil of Splinter, arrives and spreads lawlessness throughout the city, it’s up to the plucky turtles to stop him.