During the Critic’s Choice Awards, producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller broke news that caught some people off guard. A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is in the works, with production potentially taking place before the end of 2019.
— Variety (@Variety) January 13, 2019
Rumblings of a potential Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot first emerged in June of last year. At the time, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Paramount Pictures had tapped writer Andrew Dodge of Bad Words to develop a script for a new take on the franchise. One that would ignore 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and 2016’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
When asked what was next during their brief interview with Variety, Form and Fuller confirmed that Jack Ryan Season 2 had just wrapped and the sequel to A Quiet Place is coming along. Form then confirmed that “we’re doing a reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Paramount.”
Variety’s reporter then dug in looking for details. Form explained “that is looking like production by the end of the year.” Fuller then jokingly asked “Did you just give something away?” To which Form retorts “Maybe” with a shrug. The duo then briefly joke about divulging the news, before Form explains why the Turtles still work – somehow comparing the group of mutants’ story to A Quiet Place:
“The thing about the Turtles is, it’s the same thing about A Quiet Place. It’s about a family, and being invested in a family. They are both family stories about the family sticking together and supporting one another.”
It’s worth noting that Form and Fuller were producers on the 2014 and 2016 movies as well, so there’s reason to be skeptical. But after all the flack that those two flicks earned, hopefully the producing duo will see the error in their past ways. No director nor cast is in place, but hopefully this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot attempt with be worthy of its inevitable hype.