Seth Rogen announced a 2023 release date for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles adaptation that it is producing. Although not much is known about Rogen’s version of the story, he has stated that it will be an animated coming-of-age film aimed at teens and children and produced through Nickelodeon. The intended audience and Nickelodeon endorsement mean this won’t be the typical stoner comedy fans have come to expect from Rogen.
The film will also be atypical in that it will be animated, unlike the 2014 film adaptation produced by Michael Bay or even the films of the nineties. While Bay’s first film on TMNT did well at the box office, it received low viewership ratings and was criticized for taking herself too seriously and being too dark to match the source material. After its second run in the franchise failed to take half the box office of its predecessor, the series was scrapped, opening the door for someone else to come in and take on a new run with the characters. Now that Rogen has taken the reins, the TMNT story promises to go in a new direction.
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Rogen posted an image on Twitter that served as an announcement of the release date, informing fans that the film would open on August 11, 2023. The image looks like a piece of paper from Leonardo’s notebook that has been covered with class notes , folded and tucked into a messy backpack. A follow-up post confirmed the release date. Rogen also included a quick aside, stating that “Leo takes notes like he used to. ”
Although the most exciting part of the tweet may be the confirmation of a release date, there are plenty of Easter eggs and hints of things to come scrawled all over the note sheet. Along with squiggles of swords, ninjas, and the stylized “S” that all children learn to draw at some point in grade school (although this is the other way around), Leo has made a note to “apologize to April,” referencing April’s character. O’Neil, a human ally of the turtles. It is also interesting to note that Leo is taking notes on mutations and different types of elements, explaining TmNT (e). Below your notes on types of mutations, an asterisk points to a note that says “unwanted mutations?” This, along with the question “who am I?” written in the margins next to a sketch of a strange exudate, it could indicate that a theme of the film is the desire to discover how the ninja turtles came to be. This would match what Rogen joked about the movie being a coming-of-age story, and could provide a fresh take on heroes on the big screen.
Although August 2023 may seem like a long way off, it would be nice if the franchise took a break before returning to theaters. In terms of comics, however, there seems to be an endless supply of new stories and adventures for the heroes in a half shell. There are also many Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies and television series for those who crave a dose of childhood nostalgia.
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