The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return to animation for a new big-screen adventure. Nickelodeon Animation will produce a CG episode with Point Gray Pictures, the Pebble directed by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver.
Jeff Rowe, co-director of the upcoming animated film produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller Connectedwill direct from a script by Neighbors screenwriter Brendan O’Brien.
It will be Nickelodeon Animation’s first CG theatrical film, and follows the studio reviving the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise for the small screen in 2012 with a CG animated series. The studio is also teaming up with Netflix for a 2D animated film based on the The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – four turtle brothers who transform into humanoid heroes known for their love of pizza and Ninjutsu – began life as an independent comic book first published in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It spawned an 80s animated series as well as several film seriesincluding recent films produced by Michael Bay, as well as 2007 animation TMNT film.
Ramsey Naito will oversee the new film for Nickelodeon. Josh Fagen oversees Point Gray Pictures. Paramount Pictures will distribute the film.
“Adding the genius of Seth, Evan and James to the humor and action that is already integral to TMNT will make it a next-level reimagining of the property,” said Brian Robbins, President, Kids & Family Entertainment. at ViacomCBS. “I can’t wait to see what they do, and I know Ramsey Naito and his team are excited to take Nick Animation Studio in another great direction with their first-ever CG-animated theater.”