‘Boom!’ ‘Carnivore’ to be the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, exec says
MTV News is reporting that the Teenage Ninja Turtles franchise will be returning to the big screen in 2019, following the announcement of a two-film deal with Universal Pictures.
In the coming months, the studio will release two films, with the third expected in 2020.
The news comes from an exec with experience in the film industry, and MTV News spoke with the producer on the condition of anonymity.
The first TMNT film, released in 2007, grossed more than $1.1 billion worldwide.
This year’s two Turtles films will be made by Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, with Ninja Turtles 2, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Donald Glover, Megan Fox, and Karen Gillan, set for release in 2019.
The deal with Warner Bros., which will include a theatrical release, is expected to be in the $100 million range.
“I am thrilled to announce the Turtles are back in the spotlight and that they will be back for more films in 2019,” Universal Pictures President Dave Hollis said in a statement.
“Our two films are being developed with a singular focus on the characters, their story and the unique brand of creativity that makes them such a beloved franchise.”
The TMNT franchise will have three movies on the big-screen: TMNT 2, released this summer, will reunite the Turtles with their original cast; TMNT 3, due out in 2020, will continue the adventures of the team; and TMNT 4, a reboot directed by Paul Feig that will be released this October.
Teenage Ghost Rider, the second film, is also in the works, with Sony Pictures and Legendary Pictures handling distribution.
The third TMNT movie, due in 2021, will follow the turtles as they battle the evil Ghost Rider.