Recently, the title and release date for yet another TMNT reboot was revealed. But here's everything you need to know about the upcoming movie...
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There are actually numerous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies in the works. Some will hit Paramount+ next year, while the Seth Rogen-produced animated reboot in question, and a live-action reboot, are headed for theaters.
There are even talks of an open-world Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game, but for now, let's talk about the animated movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023), which is due out in just under a year.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Release Date
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem will be arriving in theaters on August 4, 2023. Seth Rogen recently took to Twitter to announce the official title and release date for the upcoming animated movie.
Check out his tweet below:
Is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem a sequel?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem has been confirmed to serve as yet another reboot, which will make it the third theatrical TMNT timeline (many fans don't know that 2007's TMNT is actually the fourth in the original series).
The film will be the seventh theatrical movie in the franchise, following Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993), TMNT (2007), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Plot
While nothing is known about the plot for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, Seth Rogen has previously confirmed that it will focus on the "teenage" aspect of the Turtles, something that has seldom been explored.
No plot details have been revealed for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, though, but in an interview with Collider, Rogen had the following to say about the upcoming project:
"As a lifelong fan of Ninja Turtles, weirdly the 'Teenage' part of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was always the part that stuck out to me the most. And as someone who loves teenage movies, and who’s made a lot of teenage movies, and who literally got their start in their entire profession by writing a teenage movie, the idea of the kind of honing in on that element was really exciting to us. I mean, not disregarding the rest, but really using that as kind of a jumping-off point for the film."
Rogen has also since posted "potted bios" (mini biographies) for each of the Ninja Turtles on his Twitter account, as well as Leonardo's journal excerpts. You can read all the bios below, as shared by The Illumerdi:
The team leader. Leo is strictly business, all killer no filler – except when he’s boasting and describing himself with dumb phrases like “all killer no filler.” He cares about keeping the “team” on mission, and tells himself that his brothers would be lost without him.
He’s not the strongest (Raph) or the smartest (Donnie), or the funniest (Mikey), but he’s the hardest working turtle boy and he’s proud of it. His brothers can get annoyed by his do-gooder attitude and the lectures that come with it, even when they know he’s right. Leo’s biggest fears are his brothers realizing that he needs them more than they need him.
The hot head. Raph likes to break sh**. Whether it’s with his fists or someone else’s fists as he throws them through a glass window. Ralph tends to react emotionally when he’s overwhelmed, but he’s actually super self-aware and working on it. With his hands in his pockets, crossed arms, and sullen face, he can come across as a little brooding.
But beneath his impenetrable exterior is a soft, sensitive turtle boy who’s just looking for someone to open up to. Raph, who would hate ANY authority figure, resents Leo’s leadership and thinks he should be in charge. His secrete shame? He knows deep down he wouldn’t know how to lead the team if it ever came to it.
The intellectual. Feels like he’s Matt Damon in Goodwill Hunting. He is made fun of by his brothers for being academic. They acknowledge his smarts are useful but don’t appreciate it as much as he feels he deserves. His intelligence has its downsides though. Sometimes his intellectual self-assuredness can come across as arrogance, and his extreme pragmatism sometimes reads as coldness. It’s not that he doesn’t care, his brain is just thinking so many steps ahead about such complicated stuff that he often finds himself paralyzed with indecision.
He can talk himself into something just as easily as he can talk himself out. Donnie knows he’s smart, but his secret fear he’d never admit out loud is that if he was ever around people at his level, he worries he wouldn’t be able to keep up. And if he’s not as smart as he thought… what is he?
The goofball. With rare exception – takes nothing seriously. It could come across as aloofness or idiocy, but it actually comes from a place of wisdom and self-confidence. (knowing himself?) Mikey has his priorities in order, and at the top of the list is enjoying life and living in the present. He loves people and is endlessly curious, which leads to him having long conversations with complete strangers. He’s that friend you tell your entire life story within minutes of meeting.
He might not be good at martial arts training, or waking up on time, or even hygiene, but he’s an endless well of positivity that his brothers often take for granted. Mikey gets teased the most by his brothers, and even though he always laughs it off. Deep down it gets to him.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Trailer
Unfortunately there is no trailer for the upcoming film as yet.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem will be released in theaters on August 4, 2023 by Paramount Pictures.
If you're eager to sink your teeth into some Turtle action, though, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge (2022) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection (2022) are currently available to purchase.