Although 2016’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows received slightly better reviews than the first TMNT film produced by Platinum Dunes back in 2014, ultimately it was not enough to win over fans who had already dismissed Michael Bay’s take on the characters. The movie earned just $82 million domestically ($245 million worldwide), leaving the turtles without an active big screen franchise once again. A couple of years ago we heard that Paramount was in the process of rebooting the series with screenwriter Andrew Dodge (Bad Words) penning the script for a brand new live-action movie. Now this week, however, it appears that they may be changing gears and setting their sights on a brand new CG animated movie instead. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to Deadline, Nickelodeon is partnering with Point Grey Pictures to produce a new CG animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver are producing with Jeff Rowe (Gravity Falls, Connected) attached to direct. Brendan O’Brian (Neighbors 2, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) will write the screenplay.
This will be the first theatrical feature for Nickelodeon Animation Studio, who just wrapped up the second season of the 2D animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Paramount will be handling global distribution on the film and it is unclear if this means that the live-action reboot is currently off the table. The last Ninja Turtles animated feature to hit theatres was the 2007 film TMNT which had its moments but definitely leaves plenty of room for improvement. Considering that Jeff Rowe worked with Phil Lord and Chris Miller on Connected, you have to wonder if they might be aiming for something fresh and exciting like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Are you looking forward to a new CG animated TMNT movie?