The first live action Ninja Turtles movie in twenty-one years opened atop the box office heap, earning $65 million domestically and an additional $28.7 million internationally. Before the actual weekend numbers were in, the studio declared it will again join Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.
That means Michael Bay, who probably isn't directing Transformers 5, returns as producer alongside Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.
Since Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is more focused on April O'Neil, it's a safe bet that Megan Fox will be the human lead in the sequel. Speaking of which, check out our interview with Fox and Will Arnett. Maybe April and the Turtles will run into a rebooted Casey Jones next time?
It's not yet clear whether or not Jonathan Liebesman will be calling the shots as director again, but Deadline reports screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (their credits include Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) are back and are even getting bumped up to executive producer status.
So add Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 to the slew of sequels Paramount's planning on releasing in 2016, a distinguished group that includes Transformers 5, Star Trek 3, G.I. Joe 3, and even a Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters follow-up.
Right now, the sequel's sharing that June 3, 2016 release date with Sausage Party, an R-rated animated comedy from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
The months leading up to June open the sequel floodgates as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America 3, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, and X-Men: Apocalypse all hit theaters in the same two-month stretch. And before the summer's over, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 will have company from fellow sequels Finding Dory, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Independence Day 2, and Ice Age 5, as well as new chapters in the Planet of the Apes and Bourne Identity franchises.
“Launching a new take on the Turtles into the feature film world was a daunting task because as fans of them ourselves, we felt a great responsibility to ensure audiences were going to experience everything they loved about the Turtles, while also getting to see them brought to life in a way they had never been seen before,” said Adam Goodman, President of Paramount’s Film Group declared in a statement on Sunday. “The result exceeded our high expectations and the response to the film is beyond great, making it all the more fun to get started on the continuation of their story.”