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New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Being Produced By Seth Rogen

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New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Being Produced By Seth Rogen

It's been quite the time for Turtles fans, in 2021. After the reveal of the very-great-looking new game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, in March comes news of a new movie starring the sewer-dwelling reptiles with a taste for pizza. And this new cinematic venture for the classically named quartet is to be produced by Hollywood comedy royalty, Seth Rogen, alongside Nickelodeon and Paramount.

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News of this as-yet-unnamed film comes to us via GameSpot, who covered the story after Rogen himself tweeted a picture of some very revealing handwritten notes with the caption, "TMNT". He followed with another tweet, confirming a release date: August 11, 2023.

We can't show you anything of this new movie yet, but Shredder's Revenge is looking like a brilliant revival of the '90s Turtles games, and should be out later in 2021...

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Rogen's note - seemingly written from the perspective of the character Leonardo - contains references that fans of the heroes in those half-shells will immediately get. There's a container of mutating ooze, a sword very much like the kind used by the Turtles' usual leader Leonardo, and of course the names of the other Turtles themselves: Mikey (Michelangelo, orange ninja mask), Raph (Raphael, red) and Donnie (Donatello, purple). "Types of mutation" are listed, including the loss of fingers, or having extra elbow joints - which could point to these particular rebooted Turtles starting out as... humans? Surely not.

Elsewhere in the note we see "Apologise to April" - absolutely a nod to the Turtles' human ally, news reporter April O'Neil - and the words "honour" and "loyalty", characteristics that the quartet's rat-like mentor Master Splinter always seeks to instil in them, in TV shows and comics and movies before now.

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The 2023-due movie will be directed by Jeff Rowe, whose recent animated picture The Mitchells vs The Machines is on Netflix now and is very good, indeed. Rogen's best known for more adult-leaning movies so it'll be interesting to see what form this TMNT reboot takes - and it should go without saying that, this early, we don't know anything about casting, or whether it'll be a live-action movie like the Michael Bay-helmed efforts of recent years, or an animated affair.

If I can make one request, Seth (Rogen, not Rogan, sorry for the headline blooper earlier): get Partners in Kryme back for the soundtrack, yeah?

Featured Image Credit: Seth Rogan via Twitter, Fred Wolf Films

Topics: Movies, TV, Retro Gaming

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