Deadline has reported that the streaming juggernaut, Netflix, and Nickelodeon parent company, Viacom, have struck a deal to produce an animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.
Viacom’s CEO Bob Bakish had this to say about the deal:
“This partnership with Netflix is part of Nickelodeon and Viacom’s broader efforts to tap into Nickelodeon’s library of culturally resonant properties and produce new content for third-party digital and linear platforms,”
The animated film, based on the unstoppable TMNT, will be titled Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So far reports indicate that this animated film will have nothing to do with the current animated series of the same name that is airing right now on Nickelodeon. It is curious as to why this new film is bearing the same name as a property that already exists, but this isn’t the first time the Turtles have borrowed a name used one of their former pieces of media. The 2016 theatrical film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, from director David Green, shared the same title as a PS3 and XBOX 360 video game.
As of right now, there is no news on casting, possible directors or even writers, but the fact that two TMNT films are being developed right now is an incredibly exciting revelation.