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10 August 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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You know the drill: studio hopes for franchise by launching nostalgia-driven reboot of TV series/cartoon/old film/puppet show/whatever. Initial outing does well at the box office. Studio announces sequel. So it is with Paramount and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which will unleash a second movie after beating expectations this weekend.

With studio estimates now putting the film in the $65 million range domestically and $97.3 million in other countries (though we still have to wait until October here in the UK), Paramount has acted quickly to confirm that writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec will once again be on keyboard duty, with the studio pencilling in June 3, 2016 for the sequel.

More of a question mark hangs over director Jonathan Liebesman, who may decide to do something else next or, like Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Rupert Wyatt, come to think that the quick turnaround is too much after finishing the original. But we do know that Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes team will be back as producers. Just in case you were worried.

"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,” says president of Paramount’s film group, Adam Goodman, in an enthusiastic announcement picked up by The Hollywood Reporter. "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." Cash cowabunga, anyone?

We'll see the first of these new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles efforts on October 17, starring Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Will Arnett, Whoopi Goldberg and the voices of Tony Shalhoub and Johnny Knoxville.

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BUT The Guardian had this to say about the film: "If corporate cinema is a cancer then director Jonathan Liebesman is … well, he’s not important enough to be a tumor, but he’s certainly a sign that worrisome markers are higher than they should be." ...ouch!!!!! More

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L: Gazzabrook I wish studios look at reviews rather than money they make I can see no fault in this business logic at all. More

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RE: Paramount Announces April O'Neil Sequel
The rumours are the sequel will take place in the swamps and April is trying to save the four mutant frogs from Leather Back. Also the turtles will not be back but they were hardly in the first one. More

Posted by Ghidorah at 08:45 on 12 August 2014 | Report This Post

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Fuck 'em. They deserve to have their money taken. It's not the studios fault if people are dumb enough to watch their reheated turds. It's almost like Michael Bay's playing some giant social experiment. How shit can a movie get providing it's got a recognisable IP and a multi-million dollar advertising campaign? Seemingly, movie-goers worldwide WILL EAT SHIT if it's moulded into the shape of Ninja Turtles? Who knew? Michael Bay knew!! That's why he's worth over $400m and his audience lives in t More

Posted by Nicky C at 15:44 on 11 August 2014 | Report This Post

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This has a score of 19% on Rotten Tomatoes how has it got a sequel - I wish studios look at reviews rather than money they make, of course they are going to smash boxoffice on an opening weekend of a long waited reboot doens't mean that people enjoyed it and want another. More

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