Alan Smithee

TMNT Sequel Set for 2016

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Yes, you read that right. There’s already plans for a sequel to the newly released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and it’s really, really soon.

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The statement released from Paramount Pictured on August 10 came off the heels of a wildly successful TMNT opening weekend where the movie raked in $65 million in ticket sales.

The crew responsible for the movie’s success will all return, including Mr. Bay as producer (because…explosions) however, there was no word on whether Mr. Liebesman would be returning as director. From the statement, Paramount’s chairman/CEO Brad Grey had the following to say regarding the sequel:
“to know moviegoers are embracing the Turtles with such enthusiasm is everything that we and all our filmmakers have been hoping for…We are thrilled with this weekend’s result, the enduring power of this franchise, and the opportunity to make another one.”

The president of Paramount’s film group, Adam Goodman, wanted to add his $0.02 on the success of the TMNT reboot: “Launching a new take on the Turtles into the feature film world was a daunting task because as fans of them ourselves, we felt a great responsibility to ensure audiences were going to experience everything they loved about the Turtles, while also getting to see them brought to life in a way they had never been seen before. The result exceeded our high expectations and the response to the film is beyond great, making it all the more fun to get started on the continuation of their story.”

So far, TMNT2 will be released on June 3 of 2016 which puts it up against a Sony vehicle titled “Sausage Party”, which seems to be a completely different audience altogether. This release date also puts in a prime position to eat up some of the audience residuals from “X-Men: Apocalypse” that is scheduled to arrive a week prior.

It is my honest opinion that the Turtles series is critic proof as was the case with the original 90s movies…and the Transformers series. Gnash your teeth all you want about your childhood being abused, but the series is no longer just “yours” from your youth, it belongs to the kids of now.

I just can’t wait to hear them complain similarly in the next 20 years.

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