Seth Rogen’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ movie releases in theaters August 11, 2023
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s brand new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated film will be released on August 11, 2023. We know this because Rogen exposed it on Twitter, where he posted a snap of Leonardo’s notepad.
Let’s take a step back if those two sentences have left you perplexed. Last summer, it was announced that Rogen and Goldberg’s business, Point Grey, will be working on an animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film with Paramount and Nickelodeon. Brendan O’Brien (Neighbors) penned the script, which is directed by Jeff Rowe (Gravity Falls, Disenchantment). Many people’s immediate thought was, “Another Ninja Turtles movie?” at that moment. And you’re animated about it?” That reaction was understandable, given that the property had just recently been resurrected for the big screen and had already undergone a number of animated adaptations.
But it wasn’t until a few months later that we discovered what Rogen and Goldberg were contributing to the project: an emphasis on the first word of the title, which had been overlooked in favor of the other three in many previous draughts. Last year, Rogen remarked, “When I look at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the ‘teenage’ component was bizarrely what struck out to me the most.” “I believe one thing we’ve always done well is making material about teens, as seen by Blockers, Good Boys, and Superbad. What was extremely thrilling for us was figuring out how to build a fantastic action-adventure film that was also a wonderfulteen film.”
This takes us back to Rogen’s tweet about the releasedate, which was part of a doodle-filled page from Leonardo’s notepad. The image reminded me of the closing credits of Rogen and Goldberg’s Superbad, which featured a lot of penises in a notebook doodle. Leo, on the other hand, did not doodle any dicks. Just a bunch of musings about physics, philosophy, group dynamics, to-do lists, and other topics. Oh, and don’t forget about the release date. The tweet can be seen here, but the complete image can be found below. It’s a gold mine of information.