Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated film has a complete title and a release date. It will be released on August 4, 2023.
The new animated feature is expected to go directly for a theatrical release, but plot details are currently being kept strictly under wraps. The project is one of two reboots currently in development, the other being a live-action project directed by Colin Jost (SNL) and his brother Casey and will be produced by Michael Bay.
The new picture will be a CG animated feature created as a collaboration between Nickelodeon Animation, Paramount Animation, and Point Grey Pictures. The project was announced in June 2020, with Rogen and Goldberg attached from the start. The emphasis is said to be more on the turtles' teenage aspects, which are often overlooked or underplayed.
The film will be directed by Jeff Rowe, who was previously collaborator with Rogen and Goldberg. The script will be written by Brendan O'Brien, who wrote Neighbors and Neighbors 2. The main turtles will be voiced by actual teenagers, in contrast to previous versions where adult actors have played the roles.
Kevin Brooks Eastman, the TMNT's creator, said in an interview with IGN that he supported the reboot, and that he applauded Rogen for his vision for the film, and for putting more emphasis on the teenage aspect of the heroes in a half shell. Paramount executive Brian Robbins has also stated that there are possibilities for future sequels based on Rogen and Goldberg's love of the franchise.
The video for the project will be released in September 2021 and will purportedly follow Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse, with some designs inspired by sketches Rowe made in his notebook as a teenager. Back in June 2021, Rogen teased the film on Twitter with a photo of Leonardo's notebook notes.