AceShowbiz - Paramount Pictures isn't giving up yet on "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". Following the poor performance of 2016's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows", the studio is teaming up with Platinum Dunes again to bring the anthropomorphic turtles to the big screen with a reboot.
Met at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards, Dunes co-founder and "A Quiet Place" co-producer Andrew Form let it slip that they are moving forward with the "TMNT" remake, which eyes a late 2019 start date. " 'Jack Ryan' season 2 [on Amazon] just wrapped, the sequel of 'A Quiet Place', and we're doing a reboot of the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' at Paramount ... That is looking like production by the end of the year," he said of what's next on their plate.
It seems that he let out some top-secret news as Dunes co-founder and also "A Quiet Place" co-producer Brad Fuller tried to correct Form, "Did you just give something away? We did the preceding two 'Turtle' movies, but I didn't know that we were saying that we're making [another one], but that's good to know."
Claiming that there's no actor and director attached yet to the project, Fuller explained what is about the fictional superhero characters that keep people wanting more. "I'm gonna say something I've never said before," he said. "The thing about the 'Turtles', it's the same thing about 'A Quiet Place'. It's about a family and [the audience] being invested in a family. They are both family stories about the family sticking together and supporting one another."
Report about a possible "TMNT" reboot first surfaced in June last year. At the time, it was said that Andrew Dodge ("Bad Words") had been hired to write the script, with Michael Bay, Form and Brad Fuller producing through their Platinum Dunes production company for Paramount.
Bay previously relaunched the franchise with 2014's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett. Despite majorly negative reviews from critics, the movie was a commercial success with a worldwide gross of $493.3 million against a budget of $125 million.
However, it's sequel "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows", which was directed by Dave Green instead of Bay, failed to repeat the success, only bringing in a total of $245.6 million worldwide against its production budget of $135 million. It's down 50% from the first movie's gross.