Hot off the surprisingly strong commercial of success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this last weekend, Paramount was quick to announce a sequel to the Jonathan Liebesman helmed film. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is now set to hit theaters on June 3, 2016. Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, the writer’s are the first film, are set to return for the second go around, with Michael Bay once again producing. There’s no word if Liebesman will return to direct the second movie.
Deadline broke the news, with a quote from Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman:
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. 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.
It’ll be interesting to see what comes with the next film. While the film did well commercially this weekend, it wasn’t critic proof. The film currently sits at a 19% rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while the audience rating continues to fall as well, with a rating of 63% approval rating from audiences at the time of this writing. It makes me wonder how well the film will holdover next weekend, and how good the word of mouth is going to be. If the film falters, it won’t stop Paramount from moving forward with a sequel, but it should make them consider the direction they go next. They don’t want this to become a “fool me twice” scenario.
We won’t know more until the production starts to move forward, so for now, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is set for June 3, 2016. Are you excited for the sequel? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.