The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Paramount Pictures are developing a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, hiring Andrew Dodge to write the script.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tell the adventures of four mutated teenage turtles, named after Renaissance artists, who protect New York City using their ninja skills acquired from humanoid rat Splinter.
The 1980’s cult comic by Kevin Eastman and Kevin Laird spawned a pop cultural phenomenon in the late 80’s and early 90’s, with an animated series coming out in the late 80’s and a trilogy of films coming out in the early 90’s. Paramount has made two Ninja Turtles films this decade, with the reboot released in 2014, making $493m worldwide, and the 2016 sequel, Out of the Shadows, making $245m. New Paramount chairman Jim Gianopulos has made it a priority to clean up the studio’s slate and refocus on its franchises, hoping to bring quality in as they attempt to relaunch the Ninja Turtles franchise.
Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller will serve as producers on the project under their Platinum Dunes banner.