Cowabunga, pizza lovers! Nickelodeon and Seth Rogan are rebooting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise for the big screen.
Per Deadline, Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey Pictures’ will produce alongside James Weaver. Gravity Falls director Jeff Rowe will direct from a screenplay by Brendan O’Brian (Neighbors: Sorority Rising).
The pizza-munching heroes in a half shell will be CG animated, the new film will be Nickelodeon Animation Studios first ever CG animated theatrical production.
TMNT launched as a comic book series, created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in 1984, it became mainstream after the success of the 1987 animated TV series, which lead to six TMNT films between 1990 and 2016.
Warner Bros. tried their hand at a CG animated TMNT film in 2007. However, it failed at the box office leading to Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Paramount Studios rebooting the franchise with live action films in 2014 and 2016 grossing $738.9m at the worldwide box office.
Paramount will once again handle the global distribution of the film.
Brian Robbins, President, Kids & Family for ViacomCBS released a statement:
“Adding Seth, Evan and James’ 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, and I know that Ramsey Naito and her team are excited to take the Nick Animation Studio into another great direction with their first-ever CG-animated theatrical.”
TMNT needs a win, there’s been so many reboots. The franchise needs freshened up, I still believe there’s untapped potential here, then again I liked all the live-action films, perhaps I’m an apologist. But if they want a hit, they need to take some risks, perhaps that’s where Seth Rogen comes into this, he has an eye for comic book properties, having produced The Green Hornet (in which he also starred), and the critically acclaimed Preacher and The Boys. They could also take a page out of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse book.
SOURCE | DEADLINE