Thursday, January 06, 2022

Paramount to Release New 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' VOD Content in 2023

2023 may be the year of the rabbit, but it'll also be the year of the turtle!

Mark Kingston, Senior Vice President (SVP), International Licensing at ViacomCBS Consumer Products, has revealed that Nickelodeon and Paramount are planning to release brand new Video-on-Demand (VOD) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles content in 2023!

Speaking to LicensingSource about ViacomCBS Consumer Products' upcoming highlights, Kingston revealed: “We’re also thrilled to see new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles content coming to viewers screens on VOD in 2023, as well as a new Paramount movie.”

Not much is currently known about the new TMNT content for streaming services, including whether it'll tie-in to Nickelodeon and Paramount's upcoming TMNT movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Next Chapter, currently set to be released in theaters on August 11, 2023, or be standalone content, featuring a whole new take of the beloved justice-sworn, pizza-fuelled, half-shelled heroes. It's also currently not known whether the project will be a full series, short-form content or a feature length film, and what VoD service the content is for.

Nickelodeon first announced that they were 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.

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."

This is the most recent heroes in a half shell project from Nickelodeon since taking the reigns of the franchise. Nickelodeon acquired the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 2009 and launched a CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series which re-energized these iconic characters of this wildly popular franchise in 2012. Nickelodeon followed up the CG-animated series, which ran for four seasons, with Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which premiered in 2018 and ran for two seasons. The action-comedy series follows the band of brothers as they discover new powers and encounter a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City.

In addition to TMNT: The Next Chapter, Nickelodeon has two other Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the pipeline: The network is working with Netflix on an original animated 2D film based on Rise of the TMNT, set to be released in 2022, and 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.

It's currently unknown which streaming platform the new TMNT content is being produced for, however, it'll most likely be released on Paramount+, the streaming service from Nickelodeon and Paramount's parent company, ViacomCBS, where the majority of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles content currently lives.

The news comes as Nickelodeon is looking to build up its beloved franchises, including producing new movies and spin-off series based on SpongeBob SquarePants and Avatar: The Last Airbender, the latter of which Nickelodeon formed Avatar Studios, headed by original series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino.

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 more adventures.

Originally published: January 05, 2022 at 18:54 GMT.

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