TMNT: Mutant Mayhem Announces Sequel, Paramount+ Tie-In Series
It's official: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is getting a sequel along with a tie-in television series.
Set to hit theaters on Aug. 2, TMNT: Mutant Mayhem serves as a fresh reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. All-new incarnations of the Heroes in a Half-Shell are introduced, and excitement continues to build with fans as the theatrical release date draws closer. Ahead of the premiere, Variety reports that Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies have partnered up to produce a movie sequel to Mutant Mayhem as well as a spinoff series for Paramount+ called Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Reportedly, the untitled sequel will be produced by Point Grey Pictures with director Jeff Rowe returning. Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be executive produced by Chris Yost and Alan Wan, who also serve as showrunners. Point Grey produces the series as well with Lukas Williams overseeing both projects for the company. Nickelodeon chief Brian Robbins has confirmed the news, speaking on how excited the company is to continue building the TMNT franchise.
“In the nearly 40 years since Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles launched into the zeitgeist, it has entertained generations of fans and only continues to grow,” Robbins explained. “We are excited to grow TMNT’s legacy in partnership with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg at Point Grey, and Jeff Rowe, who are innovating the franchise with their singular brand of humor and elevated storytelling for audiences everywhere, across virtually every platform.” Paramount Animation & Nickelodeon Animation President Ramsey Naito added, "Reinvigorating this franchise has been years in the making, and we are thrilled to continue expanding the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universe and bringing new adventures to families and fans.”
The Paramount+ Series Will Use Traditional 2D Animation
Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles won't be utilizing the same animation style of the Mutant Mayhem films. It will be a more traditional 2D animated series, though the story will still directly tie into the movies. The show is said to be set in the time between Mutant Mayhem and its upcoming sequel to help bridge the gap between them. Tales also brings back the teen voice cast (Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Nicolas Cantu, and Brady Noon), and per the official description, the story follows the Turtles when they are "challenged like never before as Leo, Raph, Donnie, and Mikey each go it alone for the first time. Faced with new threats and teaming up with old allies, the Turtles will discover who they really are when they don’t have their brothers at their sides."
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem will be released in theaters on Aug. 2, 2023.