Seth Rogen and his buddies are set to reboot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with a new movie that could possibly bring the shelled martial artists in a totally different direction than we’ve seen before. It’s going to be an animated feature-length film but could carry with it some major box office weight when it’s all said and done. We don’t know exactly what the plot is going to look like yet with this new film, but we at least have a date. Thanks to a scribbled page of “notes” posted to Seth Rogen’s Twitter account, August 11, 2023 is when those heroes in a half shell will make their way back onto the big screen.
The Twitter post by Seth Rogen needs a magnifying glass, some advanced hieroglyphics degrees, and maybe a joint or two to totally understand, but the release date in the upper right-hand corner is crystal clear. With “Leonardo” on the top and “Science 1” on the bottom, it’s meant to resemble an old school homework assignment with the name, date, and subject featured. Check it out:
In addition to the release date for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles there are some other things to glean from this Set Rogen post. The words “Honor” and “Loyalty” are highlighted, probably as clear tenets or core guidelines for the group. And they are centered over his signature katana. There’s a question of “Who Am I” written on the side, like a high school teenager struggling with his own mutated form of angst. And there’s the vile of goo underneath, seemingly the one that transformed that little turtle into the fighter he is today.
There are other little tidbits from the Seth Rogen tweet that lend a little bit of insight into what’s happening here with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There’s a scribble at the top that reminds Leonardo to apologize to April, presumably for something he did to April O’Neill. He also lists three different kinds of mutation: deletion, duplication, and translocation. Finally, there’s a reference to the rest of the foursome with labels for the other dudes. Michelangelo is into his own drama. Raphael is into math. And Donatello is a big old question mark.
Jeff Rowe is on as director for this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie which is coming from Nickelodeon. Rowe hasn’t worked with Seth Rogen before but has one of the more popular movies on Netflix right now with The Mitchells Vs. The Machines. Adding someone with some chops in the animation space should be critical to making this thing a hit.
Brendan O’Brien is penning the script and has already worked with Seth Rogen before, penning the two movies Neighbors and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. He’s also written Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates as well as the Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler comedy The House. So it appears the script is going to trend much more comedic than we’ve seen in the past. Even for a silly group of turtles, this one has the chance to be the funniest one yet, by far.
Seeing a single sheet of seemingly scribbled paper shouldn’t give so many insights into a movie, but that was probably the point from Seth Rogen in this one. A tease with also a real date for the film.