Friday, October 15, 2021

Title of Seth Rogen's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Movie Revealed

The title of the upcoming CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie has been revealed!

As part of their annual 10 Animators to Watch in 2021 feature, Variety has revealed that the title of the new TMNT movie will be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Next Chapter!

It should be noted that TMNT: The Next Chapter could be the working title. As the movie is still in early development, with a released slated for August 2023, the name of the movie could change.

The world’s most fearsome fighting team began as a joke in 1983, but the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have had serious success ever since. Countless comic books, television shows, films, and video games have shown the group’s lasting appeal. So it’s no surprise they’re gearing up for another big screen adventure. Nickelodeon is teaming up with Seth Rogen on an all-new CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

Nickelodeon first announced it is partnering with Point Grey Pictures’ Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver to develop a new CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in June 2020. It will also be Nickelodeon Animation Studio’s first-ever CG theatrical release. Jeff Rowe (Gravity Falls, Connected, Disenchantment) will direct. Brendan O’Brian (Neighbors, Sorority Rising) will write the script. Nickelodeon’s Executive Vice President Ramsey Naito will lead the production for Nickelodeon, alongside Point Grey Pictures’s Josh Fagen. Paramount Pictures will distribute the film globally.

“Adding Seth, Evan and James’ genius to the humor and action that’s already an integral part of TMNT is going to make this a next-level reinvention of the property,” said Brian Robbins, President, Kids & Family for ViacomCBS, in a statement.

The new movie will arrive in theatres on August 11, 2023.

Plot details for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remain under wraps, but Rogen previously revealed that the film will use the "teenage" part of the title as the "jumping off point for the film."

"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. I mean, not disregarding the rest, but really using that as kind of a jumping off point for the film."

This is the most recent heroes in a half shell project from Nickelodeon. The network debuted the 2D-animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 2018. The network is also working with Netflix on an original animated 2D film based on that most recent series. Season one of Rise of the TMNT is currently streaming on Paramount+.

This is not entirely new ground for Leo, Donatello, Mikey, and Raph. Nickelodeon previously produced a CG-animated series that debuted in 2012. And Warner Bros. also produced a CG-animated feature film. TMNT, whose cast included Chris Evans as Casey Jones. That one released in 2007.

In addition to the CG-animated TMNT film, Colin Jost (Saturday Night Live) and his brother Casey (Impractical Jokers) are reportedly penning a new live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie for Paramount.

And we’re sure this won’t be the group’s last big screen foray. That’s one heck of a legacy for superheroes who began as a joke.

Originally published: October 15, 2021.

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