After a succession of star-crossed attempts at reviving the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the big screen over the years, Michael Bay and his Paramount co-producers are hoping to revive the Turtle Power in a big way again with a just-announced, all-new reboot.
The new movie, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, has recruited writer Andrew Dodge (Bad Words) to pen the script, and will be produced by Bay along with Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (all of whom produced the last TMNT movie). There’s no early word on casting or a release date, so we’ll just have to kick back with a pizza as development heats up.
The new film comes in the wake of a pair of TMNT movies that performed decently at the box office but didn’t exactly knock critics — and, judging from the box office decline between the two installments, the fans — on their half-shells.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles raked in plenty of cash at the global box office when it premiered in 2014, but poor critical response and fan word of mouth may have played a role in the withering the legs of its 2016 followup, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Out of the Shadows took in only half the revenue of its predecessor worldwide, and once again failed to impress the critics.
While the freshly-revealed reboot continues with the same production team in place, it brings Dodge’s comedic wit to the new script, as well as a recommitment from the studio to jump-start the TMNT franchise. As the writer for Bad Words, the 2013 comedy starring Jason Bateman, Dodge garnered generally favorable reviews for bringing a dark humor and whiplash sass to the Bateman-directed, low-budget flick.
THR also notes that a change in leadership at Paramount could raise hopes for how the new project will shape up. Both of the upcoming film’s TMNT predecessors “were made before the arrival of chairman Jim Gianopulos, who has made it a priority to clean up the studio’s slate and refocus its franchises,” the report states. “Insiders are hoping to bring a patina of quality as they relaunch the franchise.”
With little more to go on until development gets rolling, stay tuned for much more on the new project. In the meantime, you can check out Nickelodeon’s separate, upcoming TMNT animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is on track to hit the network beginning this September.