At the very least, Paramount seems confident in the film, because they have already announced a sequel, as well as a two-season series that will air on Paramount+ to fill in the gap between the movies. Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Nicolas Cantu, and Brady Noon will reprise their roles as the turtles in the series. A big part of the pitch for the movie produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg is that Donnie, Raph, Leo, and Mikey will actually be teenagers this time, befitting the name, and that should inject some new energy into the series.
At times, this is a franchise that has been gold at the box office. The 1990 “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” live-action film made more than $200 million worldwide against a $13.5 million budget. Its sequels didn’t do nearly as much business, but were still relatively successful. There was also a 2007 theatrically released animated film, simply titled “TMNT,” that made $96 million globally against a modest $35 million budget. Paramount is trying to rebound from the live-action “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” which made just $245.3 million against a sizable $135 million budget. These early numbers indicate that the studio is on the right track this time around.
The film’s star-studded cast also includes Hannibal Buress (Genghis Frog), Rose Byrne (Leatherhead), John Cena (Rocksteady), Seth Rogen (Bebop), Jackie Chan (Splinter), Ice Cube (Superfly), Natasia Demetriou (Wingnut), Ayo Edebiri (April O’Neil), Giancarlo Esposito (Baxter Stockman), Post Malone (Ray Fillet), Paul Rudd (Mondo Gecko), and Maya Rudolph (Cynthia Utrom).
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” hits theaters on August 2, 2023.