Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CG movie reboot in development
Following the box office disappointment of the last big screen effort in the beloved sci-fi action franchise, Nickelodeon is looking to reboot the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise once again with a new CG film, according to Deadline.
The new film is set to be produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver through their Point Grey Pictures banner and has landed Jeff Rowe (Gravity Falls, Connected) to helm the project while Brendan O’Brien (Neighbors: Sorority Rising) is attached to pen the script.
“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,” 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 and her team are excited to take the Nick Animation Studio into another great direction with their first-ever CG-animated theatrical.”
The new film will not only mark the first time in over a decade that a TMNT film has been completely animated, it also marks the first-ever CG theatrical production for Nickelodeon Animation Studios, with Ramsey Naito, EVP of Animation Production and Development overseeing the project for Nickelodeon while Josh Fagen is overseeing for Point Grey Pictures.
Originally created in 1984 with the Mirage Studios comic book of the same name, the titular heroes were first brought to life on the small screen with the ’87 TV series before coming to the big screen in 1990 at New Line Cinema, with the film garnering major box office success and spawning a franchise of three films. After an initial CGI adaptation in 2007, the franchise would be revived in 2014 with a live-action/CGI hybrid theatrical film produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Paramount Pictures, with the first being panned by critics while the latter received better reviews than its predecessor, though was a commercial failure, leading to the scrapping of a third film.
A reboot was initially announced in 2018 with Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller returning to produce and Andrew Dodge (Bad Words) set to pen the script, but after a year of development, co-creator Kevin Eastman confirmed in an interview that Paramount had taken the negative responses to the last two films “to heart” and that they were taking their time to deliver “next-level type of stuff.”