It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series and later spawned numerous blockbuster theatrical releases.
A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CG-animated film adaptation is in the works at Nickelodeon, and Point Grey Pictures' Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver are producing. So it's no surprise they're gearing up for another big screen adventure.
Given how the last two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies fared, it's hardly surprising that the reboot button is being pressed again. While 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a commercial success with its over $493 million worldwide haul, it was met with primary negative reception. It will also be Nickelodeon Animation Studio's first-ever CG theatrical release. The new iteration of the heroes in a half-shell will be created by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver, but the movie itself will be directed by Jeff Rowe (Gravity Falls, Connected, Disenchantment) and written by Brendan O'Brien (Neighbors, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates). Paramount will globally distribute the film.
"Adding Seth, Evan and James' genius to the humor and action that's already an integral part of TMNT is going to make this a next-level reinvention of the property, " Brian Robbins, President, Kids & Family for ViacomCBS, said in a statement. This is now yet another reboot, not even mentioning the direct-to-video and streaming efforts such as Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series on Netflix or the other theatrical reboot potentially happening at Paramount. Yes, there was. Warner Bros. had the rights for a while, and did an animated movie in 2007, called TMNT. Fans still regard the original 1990 film to be the best of the bunch, however.
This is not entirely new ground for Leo, Donatello, Mikey, and Raph. The Turtles also starred in a CGI series that ran on Nickelodeon from 2012 to 2017. That's one heck of a legacy for superheroes who began as a joke.