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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Reboot News
We’ve known for a while now that Seth Rogen and Jeff Rowe, both of whom have notable comedy writing chops, are working on a cinematic reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Rogen noted back in an August 2020 interview with Collider that he really wanted to focus on their teenage qualities:
As a lifelong fan of Ninja Turtles, weirdly the ‘Teenage’ part of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was always the part that stuck out to me the most, and as someone who loves teenage movies, and who’s made a lot of teenage movies, and who literally got their start in their entire profession by writing a teenage movie, the idea of kind of honing in on that element was really exciting to us,” Rogen said. “I mean, not disregarding the rest, but really using that as a kind of jumping off point for the film.
Now Rogen’s twitter account displayed a handwritten notes page announcing the movie’s released date:
The movie will be entirely CG – much like 2007’s TMNT – and will come out of Nickelodeon Animation Studios. The Turtles have been the focus of several projects in the last few years with a new animated series (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; which is also getting a feature length movie on Netflix later this year), a rumored Netflix exclusive series, the 2D fighter Shredder’s Revenge, and lots of success in comic media – specifically at IDW. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s brainchild has remained one of the highest grossing franchises of all time, and the money train doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.