The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise has come a long way since its humble beginnings back in 1984 when writers Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman brought Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Raphael, the Italian-renaissance inspired turtle ensemble, to life in their comic book series. Since their debut, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Franchise has spawned both Live-Action and animated movies, more comic books, and a sizable plethora of toy lines spanning nearly four decades. The momentum for this much-beloved quartet doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon, either. Deadline just announced that Colin Jost, an accomplished writer for SNL, along with his brother Casey Jost has just signed on to write the script for a new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.
Paramount’s announcement of this upcoming live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie comes in the wake of Nickelodeon’s reveal that they would be making a new animated movie as a companion to their current reboot of the original cartoon series. The animated reboot will be produced by Seth Rogan and his hand-picked crew and is slated to be released on August 11, 2023.
While Paramount has not released any official details about the intended plot for their next live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles big-screen installment, according to Variety, it was confirmed that alongside writers Colin and Casey Jost, that Micheal Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Scott Mednick, and Galen Walker have all signed on to produce.
This new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will mark the first time that either brother has worked on anything to do with the franchise and Comic Book did point out that this will be Casey Jost’s “…major film credit.” However, by contrast, Colin Jost has quite an extensive list of credits under his belt and this is not his first go working with a widely popular and treasured IP. In fact, he recently starred in the new Tom & Jerry movie that premiered just this year.
Judging by those set to be involved in this upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles project it looks like the “heroes in a half-shell” are in good hands. Michael Bay, who will be one of the producers on the new film, carried the franchise through the last decade with 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles followed by 2016’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Also, in addition to his work on Tom & Jerry, Colin Jost is currently working on a project for Universal called Worst Man and recently released his memoir back in July of last year where he reflects on his life and career.
Fans still have a while to wait until the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit the big screen again, as there hasn’t even been talk of an official premiere date yet. However, in the meantime, they can keep themselves busy by looking through some pretty impressive fan-crafted artwork. The insanely realistic renditions, created by artist Jerad S. Marantz, of not only the turtles themselves but also Splinter, Rocksteady, and Bebop .