Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Colin and Casey Jost to Reportedly Pen New Live-Action ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Movie for Paramount

Coming off his Emmy nomination for his work as a writer on Saturday Night Live, Colin Jost is continuing to build out his film slate and looks to have landed a big IP to give his own spin to. Sources tell Deadline, Jost and his brother, Casey (Impractical Jokers), have been tapped to co-write a new live-action Untitled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film for Paramount Pictures.

Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Scott Mednick and Galen Walker are on as producers. Like the past two installments, plot details are being kept under wraps outside of the film revolving around everyone’s favorite pizza-eating, nunchuck-swinging life-sized turtles. But the film will revolve around the martial arts master superhero turtles in their fight against the evil Shredder and their love of pizza.

Paramount relaunched the franchise with Bay’s Platinum Dunes in 2014 with a new spin different from the New Line pics from the 90s. The film went on to gross $485 million globally with a sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, bowing in 2016. Paramount still sees the IP as a high priority.

The untitled, live-action movie is separate from the CGI-animated film that Seth Rogen is producing for Paramount and Nickelodeon, set for release in August 2023.

Diane Bondareff/Invision for Paramount Pictures/AP Images

As for Jost, while he has been known as one of the key writers on Saturday Night Live since joining in 2005, this marks his first time he will be able to give his vision on a huge franchise as widely known as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Jost is also co-writing Worst Man for Universal, which he will also star in along with his SNL co-star Pete Davidson.  He recently starred in Tom & Jerry and will be back for SNL this season.  His memoir, A Very Punchable Face was published in July 2020 and was recently released in paperback this past July. Jost previously served as staff writer on the Nicktoons series Kappa Mikey.

He is repped by CAA and Morris Yorn Barnes and Levine.

Originally published: August 02, 2021 at 21:41 BST.

H/T: @TheAGames10; Additional sources: Variety, GeekTyrant, TheWrap.

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