Paramount is going back into the sewers for yet ANOTHER ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ movie reboot. The studio released one ‘TMNT’ flick in 2014 and a followup ‘TMNT: Out of the Shadows’ just two years ago, in 2016. Both movies were produced by Michael Bay. Neither was a massive smash, but the first made $493 million worldwide, while the second fizzled out with just $245M– although in all fairness, by most accounts, the second was much better and more faithful to the classic cartoon series.
Just to clarify, this new movie is not another sequel. This will be a new start, even though the last ‘Turtles’ flick just came out two years ago. The reason for this is Paramount’s new chairman Jim Gianopulos, who came aboard after the previous movies were released and has made it a point to get the studio’s franchises back on track.
Bay will be back as a producer, along with Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, who also served as producers on the prior Paramount ‘Turtles’ installments. Through their Platinum Dunes banner, they were the team behind the recent low-budget smash ‘A Quiet Place’. Andrew Dodge has been hired to pen the script. His black list script ‘Bad Words’ was turned into a movie, when Jason Bateman chose to make it his film directing debut. Dodge has also been selected to pen the scripts to ‘Space Jam 2’ and ‘O’Lucky Day’ to which Peter Dinklage is attached to star.
Hopefully, by the time Dodge’s script is complete, enough time will have passed that the public will have forgotten the two previous ‘Turtle’ flicks (if they haven’t already) and there may be more of an audience. Despite the fact that the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ is still an active brand in terms of cartoons, toys, etc., the film only seemed to attract adults who were fans as kids. And their curiosity was satisfied with the first, which is why the sequel fell flat.
Are you curious to see what they come up with to rejuvenate the franchise?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter