Seth Rogen's TMNT Movie Is The First Of A New Franchise – Screen Rant

Seth Rogen's TMNT Movie Is The First Of A New Franchise – Screen Rant

Seth Rogen’s CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot will trace the heroes back to their roots and be the first in a slate of several films.
Seth Rogen’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated film will be the first of multiple planned projects for the “heroes in a half-shell” revival. Among a slew of video games, animated shows, and a gritty comic miniseries featuring Michelangelo as the last living Ninja Turtle, the franchise remains as popular as ever for old and new fans. But the Turtles have not been present at the box office since 2016’s Michael Bay-produced sequel, Out of the Shadows, an ill-received live-action/animation hybrid.
Paramount hopes to remedy the Turtles’ absence from theaters with a resurgence that goes back to the origins of the comic book series that birthed the billion-dollar franchise. This reboot will be fully CG-animated, a style last featured in the 2007 movie TMNT. While that film got a less-than-welcome critical reception, audiences enjoyed it far more, and Paramount is putting its money on producer Seth Rogen to lead the next CG-fueled attempt and attract those same viewers.
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The studio’s new chief, Brian Robbins, appears confident in Rogen and his partner Evan Goldberg’s approach to the Ninja Turtles. In an interview with Variety, he states that the producers will take the heroes back to their roots as teenagers, and Paramount has plans to create “multiple animated movies this way,” indicating that the film will be the first in a new feature franchise. He also remarks that the movie will work for every demographic and that Paramount may someday go back to the hybrid version that Bay spearheaded. Check out the full quote below:
It’s animated, and it goes back to the roots of the Turtles. Seth and his producing partner Evan Goldberg were brilliant choices because no one can tell stories about being teenagers better than those guys. They’re passionate and super nerdy about the Turtles. It’s going to work for kids, parents, Gen Z-ers and Millennials. We have plans to do multiple animated movies this way, but one day we might go back to a hybrid live-action version of the Turtles.
Rogen’s desire to tell the story of the Ninja Turtles as teenagers is not new information, as most reboots tend to focus on this aspect of the characters when reestablishing the franchise. The kicker is that Rogen’s track record with raunchy comedies and animated films that appeal to a younger audience makes him particularly apt for leading a Turtles film, an idea that Paramount appears to trust enough to commit to several CG-animated movies. Robbins and company seem so inclined to that plan that Bay’s hybrid blockbusters are taking a back seat.
With the right approach to its story and character development, and with the amount of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles material out there, Rogen and Goldberg’s films could easily stretch into a lucrative saga. Whether or not going back to the roots implies the more brutal tone of the Eastman and Laird comics is something fans will have to find out when more information about the project is released. Paramount is unlikely to take that chance after the success of their recent family-friendly movies. However, Rogen and Goldberg could still approach the Turtles’ teenage sensibilities in a meaningful way that doesn’t dumb down the franchise and stays true to its exciting action elements, culminating in a more profound multi-film rebirth.
More: TMNT: Why The Crazy Reincarnation Origin Story Should Be Kept For The Film Reboot
Source: Variety
Bart Woinski is a writer, podcaster, and filmmaker from Metro Detroit. He is a new addition to the Screen Rant Core News team but a lifelong and passionate fan of cinema and TV. Along with writing for Screen Rant, Bart is an aspiring feature screenwriter, hosts the horror entertainment podcast Grave Discussions, and works full-time at a city and regional magazine publication. When he isn’t watching something or writing, Bart enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and their dog, Rupert, playing video games, reading, and playing disc golf.

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