Paramount Dates 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2' for June 2016
by Ethan Anderton
August 10, 2014
Congratulations, everybody. So many people turned out to see the latest iteration of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that the film made a bigger splash at the box office than was anticipated. The film from director Jonathan Liebesman and Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec will take the #1 spot this weekend with about $65 million in the United States. And that means Paramount Pictures has decided to fast track a sequel to the film with a release date already set for June 3rd, 2016, right in the heart of summer this time. And yes, Michael Bay will be back as a producer.
Platinum Dunes will again be behind the film with the company's Andrew Form and Brad Fuller producing again as well. Appelbaum and Nemec will return to write the film, because they didn't do enough damage with a contrived new origin story that needlessly gives every character a weird connection to each other besides what was in the comic books, movies and TV series before now. However, it's not clear if Liebesman will be back to direct this one. Let's just hope that the writers learn some lessons on how to write human characters, or just let the turtles have the spotlight more since they're what really matters and ended up being the only enjoyable part of the movie. What do you think?