The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are heading back to the big screen, though it won’t be the versions we saw in 2014 and 2016. Instead, it was announced last year an animated reboot centered on the heroes in a half shell is on the way, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg attached to produce. Cut to today, Rogen had dropped an intriguing tease for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot with a cool image that, among other things, shares the movie’s release date.
Taking to social media, Seth Rogen shared this page of notes that Leonardo, the blue-masked member of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, put together. There’s a lot to pour over here, but first, take a look at the date in the top right-hand corner: August 11, 2023. That also happens to be the same day that we’ll get to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot in theaters. Funny how that worked out…
So what else has Leonardo jotted down on this paper? Most of it the content is scientific, from pinpointing the elements on the periodical that make up the acronym for this unusual superhero team to going over the different types of mutations. But in typical teenaged fashion, Leonardo has also doodled all over the page, from questioning his identity next to a vial of the ooze that transformed him, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael, to drawing the same S that’s been a staple of school life for decades now. Clearly there’s going to be a lot on Leo’s mind when August 11, 2023 rolls around.
Originally the plan for the Teenage Mutant film series was for 2016’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows to get a sequel. However, two years after that movie failed to impress either critically or commercially, it was decided that the TMNT property would once again be rebooted. Fast-forward another two years, the all-CGI Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot was announced, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey Pictures production being brought on to help bring the project to life. Neighbors: Sorority Rising’s Brendan O’Brien is writing the script and Gravity Falls’ Jeff Rowe will direct.
As for what we can expect from this take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mythology, Seth Rogen said in August 2020 that the ‘Teenage’ part was “always the part” that stuck out to him the most, and he plans to hone in on that element, which certainly comes across with Leonardo’s notes. So while we can obviously look forward to Leo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael kicking all sorts of ass in the upcoming movie, it also sounds like this story will have a coming-of-age vibe to it.
Once again, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot will arrive as the summer 2023 movie season is dying down, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates on its progress. For those of you interested in movies coming out a little sooner, check out our 2021 release schedule.