Cowabunga, dude! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has one of the largest followings in TV and film. The adolescent half-shelled heroes from beneath the streets have graced us for decades, but never truly been given a modern day live-action telling that does the franchise justice. Now we’ve seen two big-budgeted movies over the past few years, and while the first had moderate success, neither sat well with critics. It left its future is question, until now.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures is heading back underground as they’ve hired screenwriter Andrew Dodge (Bad Words) to pen a script for a new Ninja Turtles movie. Working alongside Paramount will be the Platinum Dunes team that includes Brad Fuller, Andrew Form and yes, Michael Bay. They also worked on both 2014s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its 2016 sequel Out of the Shadows, as well as this year’s knockout thriller A Quiet Place. While the TMNT movies have been meh at the box-office over the last few years, it seems that their remarkable success from John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place has given them the opportunity to continue the series. Now the question is whether or not it’s a continuation or something completely new?
The report doesn’t say what kind of film this will be. While the 2014 and 2016 movies were pretty mediocre at the box-office, I honestly wouldn’t be shocked to here it’s a sequel because of the brand name. Although it’s the same producers behind the project, getting a new writer and most importantly, a new director to take the franchise in a different direction could mean good things for what could really be a fun and enjoyable franchise. Not to mention that Platinum Dunes now has a new chairman in charge, which means this project has a 50/50 chance of being a sequel or reboot.
I’m close to split on this situation. Whichever route is announced, I’ll pretty much be okay with. Would I like to see a condition? Of course, especially since they nabbed Stephen Amell as Casey Jones, who I’m a very big fan of as a weekly Arrow watcher. But I would also understand the choice to reboot the franchise, as it would give everything and everyone a fresh start. Whatever they do decide, hopefully it’s the best decision for our favorite turtles.
What do you think of this news? Do you want to see a sequel or a complete reboot? Do you even care to see another movie at all? Who would be a good director for the movie? Sound off in the comments below! I know you’re thinking something…