Seth Rogen’s animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot reveals title

Producer Seth Rogen took it Twitter to announce the official title for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon’s upcoming CG animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. The action-adventure film is set to hit theaters on August 4, 2023 and has now been titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.

Its current theatrical release date will see the film go up against the Jason Statham-led Shark sequel Meg 2: The Trench. It will also debut in the same month as Warner Bros. Pictures live-action Blue Beetle.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is directed by Jeff Rowe (Gravity Falls, connected) from a script written by Brendan O’Brien (Neighbors: Sorority Rising). According to a previous interview, Rogen confirmed that the project will lean more towards a coming-of-age story. He once again repeated this statement in a tweet regarding the film’s voice cast, where he confirmed that they plan to cast teenagers to voice Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael.

The reboot will be produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver through their Point Gray Pictures banner. The new film will not only mark the first time in over a decade that a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the film has been fully animated, it also marks the first-ever CG theatrical production for Nickelodeon Animation Studios, with Ramsey Naito, EVP of Animation Production and Development, overseeing the project for Nickelodeon, while Josh Fagen oversees for Point Gray Pictures.

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Originally created in 1984 with the Mirage Studios comic book of the same name, the titular heroes were first brought to life on the small screen with the ’87 TV series before coming to the big screen in 1990 at New Line Cinema, where the film was a huge box office success and spawned a franchise of three films. After an initial CGI adaptation in 2007, the franchise would be revived in 2014 with a live-action/CGI hybrid theatrical film produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Paramount Pictures, the former being panned by critics while the latter receiving better reviews than its predecessor, although it was a commercial failure, leading to the scrapping of a third film.

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