There’s a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie on the way.
Nickelodeon is gearing up to reboot the franchise with a CG-animated movie to be directed by Jeff Rowe (Gravity Falls, Connected, Disenchantment) and written by Brendan O’Brian (Bad Neighbours, Sorority Rising, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates). Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver are on board to produce the film, which will mark the first CG-animated feature for Nickelodeon Animation Studio.
“Adding Seth, Evan and James’ genius to the humour and action that’s already an integral part of TMNT is going to make this a next-level reinvention of the property,” Brian Robbins, President, Kids & Family for ViacomCBS, said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to see what they do, and I know that Ramsey Naito [Nickelodeon Animation Studio exec vice president] and her team are excited to take the Nick Animation Studio into another great direction with their first-ever CG-animated theatrical.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird and began as a successful comic book series. The brand would go on to spawn TV shows, feature films, video games, toys and apparel, among other things.
The most recent attempt at a live-action movie franchise resulted in two films, 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and 2016’s sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Despite mediocre reviews, the first film performed decently at the box office, although the follow-up was a flop and put a stop to the film series. The previous theatrically-released CG-animated film for the turtles was 2007’s TMNT, which performed well, making $US95.8 million worldwide from a budget of $US34 million.