Cowabunga, dude! Nickelodeon and Seth Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures are teaming up for a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.
This version of the much beloved (and much adapted) pizza-eating heroes will be CG animated. The screenplay comes from Brendan O’Brian (Neighbors: Sorority Rising). Jeff Rowe (Gravity Falls, Disenchantment) will direct.
The upcoming project marks Nickelodeon Animation Studio’s first-ever CG theatrical production.
“Adding Seth, Evan [Goldberg] and James [Weaver]’s genius to the humor and action that’s already an integral part of TMNT is going to make this a next-level reinvention of the property. I’m looking forward to see what they do,” said Brain Robbins, President of Kids & Family for ViacomCBS.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first launched as a comic book in 1984 from Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The Turtles gained widespread notoriety with a hit animated television series, running from 1987 to 1996.
Since 1990, six TMNT films from three different studios premiered, earning an accumulated $1.15 billion. The most recent of the adaptations came from Paramount Studios and Michael Bay in 2014 and 2016. However, both of these films were live action. The last CG animated TMNT film came from Warner Bros in 2007.
Nickelodeon last involved itself with the franchise in 2012, creating a new animated TV series which ran for five seasons. A year later, the studio launched yet another animated TMNT series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
In addition to this upcoming film with Rogan, Nickelodeon previously announced a partnership with Netflix to produce a film based on Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
What do you think? Are you ready for another TMNT movie?
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