Megan Fox will reprise her role in a new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie, studio Paramount announced today (June 21). It will be Fox’s third film in the series, but the four turtles plan to take their beyond the confines of New York City.
New chairman Jim Gianopulos is credited with reviving the franchise, based on the ’80s cult comic book series by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.
The first movie, titled “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” debuted in 2014 and pulled in just over $493 million worldwide from the box office, not quite a blockbuster, but definitely sequel worthy.
The follow-up, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” was still a success, but only grossed a disappointing $245.6 million worldwide,” according to boxofficemojo.com, which tracks movie receipts.
Both films were savaged by critics. The 2014 debut received a lowly 22 rating on rottentomatoes.com, which tracks reviews. The sequel didn’t do much better with only a 37 rating.
“Despite the title, the wisecracking turtles named for Renaissance painters are never allowed to shine. It’s a bummer, dude,” wrote New York Post critic Sara Stewart.
A third film isn’t exactly a no-brainer, but apparently well worth the risk. The film could easily put the franchise over $1 billion in gross sales with a clever plot.
That task will fall to Andrew Dodge. He’s been confirmed as the scriptwriter. He’s best known for the Jason Bateman comedy “Bad Words.”
“It’s no secret we’ve had some difficult years at the box office. We’re laying the foundation … to deliver to you films for every possible audience for years to come,” said Gianopulous at CinemaCon.
“If something is working today, and you say ‘let’s do more of that’, you’ll have a problem – that’s the opposite of originality. The kinds of movies that are working now, [if you say] let’s bring out more of them a year from now, the audiences will have moved on. That’s a recipe for disappointment.”
Check out a trailer below from the 2016 film.