The last time that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were on the big screen was Michael Bay’s live-action extravaganza. That was enough for many fans and newcomers to say ‘no thanks’ to the mutant turtles that know martial arts. However, it seems that the massive billion-dollar franchise is going back to its animated roots with a new movie. Seth Rogen will apparently be working on a CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie reboot for Nickelodeon Animation Studio.
Original TMNT Was A 90’s Franchise That Became A Classic
Original TV series | Image via CBS
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) were originally a comic book series from and Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird released in 1984. The franchise’s mainstream appeal came when it became an animated TV series that ran from 1987 to 1996. The series was so popular that it’s one of those franchises that raised a generation of early rising Saturday morning cartoon lovers, in the same vein as Transformers. They also had an extensive line of toys that allowed kids to create their own adventures with the characters. Since then, the TMNT franchise grew into multiple comic book series, various iterations of TV shows, direct-to-video animated films, and two distinct live-action feature film franchises.
In 2014 Michael Bay did a live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie reboot. The reboot featured digitally-altered Turtles that fans found jarring and awkward. The two movies out of the Bay camp featured redesigned turtles, that were supposed to be gritty and realistic. Ultimately, the story and the turtles’ depictions felt out of place. Despite those critiques, the movies still succeeded at the box office. And now, a Deadline report says that the franchise will return in a new Teenage Mutants Ninja Turtles movie reboot.
New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Reboot and Seth Rogen
For some, Seth Rogen is the guy from those Judd Apatow comedies. But weirdly enough, Rogen has churned out some pretty amazing content in his filmography as a producer and writer. On top of his dramatic acting credits that include The Disaster Artist and Steve Jobs, behind the scenes, Rogen is a pretty influential creator as well. Seth Rogen produced the live-action adaptations of both AMC’s Preacher and the Amazon Prime original, The Boys. Rogen’s deep dive into these amazing comic book adaptations really makes me excited to see what he, along with his producing partners Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, can really do with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
No word yet on the expected premiere of the new TMNT movie reboot.
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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.