Just when we thought the era of movie reboots couldn’t be crazier, a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is on its way in 2023 – with Seth Rogen and Nickelodeon as producers.
The project was announced in August 2020, but the Superbad actor has now shared a cryptic tweet which sheds more light on what audiences can expect from the CG-powered adventure.
The most notable detail among the scribbles – allegedly taken from Leonardo’s diary – is the film’s release date of August 11, 2023, alongside notes referring to brothers Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello as well as the friend and journalist. of April O’Neil turtles.
According to a recent Variety report, screenwriter and co-director of the excellent The Mitchells vs. The Machines, Jeff Rowe, will direct the film, from a screenplay written by Brendan O’Brien. The latter also wrote the screenplay for Bad Neighbors and its sequel, in which Rogen starred and produced with longtime creative partners Evan Goldberg and James Weaver.
So it’s safe to say that we know what brand of humor to expect, then. In 2020, said Rogen Collider that “the ‘Teenage’ part of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has always been the part that stood out [him] most as a longtime fan, ”so could we see a Superbad-esque version of the beloved comic book franchise?
The restart… the restart?
Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello are no strangers to going out on the big screen.
Originating in a comic book in 1984, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (often abbreviated as TMNT) franchise has since extended its shells to countless TV series and animated films.
The 1990s saw Turtles in live-action form for the first time, while Michael Bay attempted to breathe new life into the characters by producing two heavyweight CGI films in the 2010s – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its sequel, Out of the Shadows.
Say what you like about the franchise’s slapstick humor and its apparent reluctance to call it a day, but its films have grossed over $ 1.2 billion at the global box office, so it’s not surprising that Rogen and co. want to capitalize on the popularity of Leonardo and his reptilian brothers.
There’s no word on the film’s cast just yet, or even if Rogen himself can star in his own image, but we expect to receive more details as 2023 draws near.