Producer Seth Rogen took to Twitter to announce the official title for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon’s forthcoming CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Set to arrive in theaters on August 4, 2023, the action-adventure film has now been titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.
Its current theatrical release date will see the film going against the Jason Statham-led Shark sequel Meg 2: The Trench. It will also debut in the same month as Warner Bros. Pictures’ live-action Blue Beetle.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is directed by Jeff Rowe (Gravity Falls, Connected) from a screenplay written by Brendan O’Brien (Neighbors: Sorority Rising). According to a previous interview, Rogen confirmed that the project will lean more toward a coming-of-age story. He once again echoed this statement in a tweet regarding the film’s voice cast, where he confirmed that they’re planning to cast teenagers to voice Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael.
The reboot will be produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver through their Point Grey Pictures banner. The new film will not only mark the first time in over a decade that a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film has been completely animated, it also marks the first-ever CG theatrical production for Nickelodeon Animation Studios, with Ramsey Naito, EVP of Animation Production and Development overseeing the project for Nickelodeon while Josh Fagen is overseeing for Point Grey Pictures.
Originally created in 1984 with the Mirage Studios comic book of the same name, the titular heroes were first brought to life on the small screen with the ’87 TV series before coming to the big screen in 1990 at New Line Cinema, with the film garnering major box office success and spawning a franchise of three films. After an initial CGI adaptation in 2007, the franchise would be revived in 2014 with a live-action/CGI hybrid theatrical film produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Paramount Pictures, with the first being panned by critics while the latter received better reviews than its predecessor, though was a commercial failure, leading to the scrapping of a third film.
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