TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 Release Date Set for June 3, 2016

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may not be one of the biggest hits of the summer, critically or at the box office, but it looks as though Paramount is happy with that $65 million start because the studio has officially set Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 for a June 3, 2016 debut.  Writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec will return to pen the sequel and Michael Bay will be back to produce with Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes, however, there’s no word on whether or not Jonathan Liebesman will return to direct the sequel, too.

Hit the jump for more on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 release date news.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently in theaters and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fichtner.

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-megan-fox$65 million isn’t a bad start, but Paramount might have jumped the gun on this one.  Apparently the movie had a $125 million production budget.  Thus far, the film has taken that $65 million at the domestic box office and then another $28.7 million overseas.  It will make back that $125 million, but what about the money spent to promote the thing?  And even if it earns all that money back too, how much of a profit could it possibly make?

The weekend-to-weekend percent change could prove to be a big problem for Turtles.  Look at Green Lantern, for example. That film opened with $53.2 million in June of 2011, but that wound up amounting to 45.6% of its total domestic gross because it fell so fast.  Turtles should be in better shape, but because it will continue battling Guardians of the Galaxy and have to face The Expendables 3 and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in the coming weeks, there is a chance it could run into a somewhat similar problem.

According to Deadline, this is what Adam Goodman, President of Paramount’s Film Group, had to say about the plan to move forward with the sequel:

“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.”

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-final-posterThe financial results may have exceeded their expectations, but they didn’t achieve that goal of ensuring that viewers experienced everything they loved about the Turtles.  One of the biggest problems with this rendition is it’s not even about the Turtles.  It would have been more appropriate to title the film April O’Neil, which is unfortunate because, as presented here, it’s more so Megan Fox just playing dress-up as April O’Neil, not delivering a fresh, interesting or even a fully realized version of the character.

Hopefully Appelbaum and Nemec realize that.  However, it does seem as though there might have been more to their script than what we get in the final film.  For example, that just couldn’t have been all there was to the tension between Raphael and Leonardo.  And it also seems as though the folks behind the film might have noticed that Michelangelo’s humor worked well and then just taken it way too far.

It was a disappointing representation of the iconic characters, but there are some redeeming qualities and the source material will always have a major draw, so I still walked out wanting more.  As long as that’s what this sequel is and not another April O’Neil/Vern Fenwick show, this property is well worth another go-around.

What do you think?  Are you looking forward to getting more Turtles?




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  • Osiris

    Oh great, I’ll remember to Save the Date.

    Psyche! I’m not gonna do that. I’m gonna do the opposite of that.

    • gar216

      Good one…

      • Osiris

        Thanks, sometimes I make a goof. A goof and a spoof.

      • gar216

        No, i was being facetious. You came off as a fat loser playing with your 90′s action figures from your moms basement…just sayin

      • Osiris

        ;)

      • gar216 touches himself @ night

        Get over yourself

      • Osiris

        you actually made that account. You’ll have that on your record forever.

      • Osiris 1.5

        haha naww its called making a Guest name. Best thing about this Disqus comments section.

      • mattinacan

        i can’t wait for your balls to drop

      • guest

        you are fat loser and have body odor

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      …Does that mean you’re going to destroy June 3, 2016? It seems a bit extreme, but, no, fine, go for it.

  • YodaRocks

    How many Razzies is this movie gonna win? Any guesses?

    • Gerry Rock

      all of them!

      • 80sRobot

        Worst Picture, Worst Special Effects, Worst Actress, etc.

    • the king of comedy

      I think Transformers deserves to win them all, but I`m pretty sure they are going to give the worst actress award to Megan Fox no mather what

  • Thomas H.

    Paramount is being very delusional. The movie is a failure in terms of Audience and Critical response, thus, its box-office numbers will likely have a massive drop. HOWEVER, if the film ends up making a little more than 300 million dollars, than they should take the opportunity to improve from this mediocre and dull movie (even though that isn’t happening). Get rid of the poorly developed human characters, dumb and childish humour, awful dialogue, relentless exposition, gratuitous product placements, awful villain treatment, shaky and close-up cameras, and then we’re set.

    • lord jim

      why would they even try to make a better movie as long as they make money with lazy trash?

      • Thomas H.

        Oh, I am fully aware that they won’t learn a goddamn thing; they got away with it three times already!

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        What three times are you talking about? The Transformers? In which case it’s four times already.

      • Thomas H.

        There are three sequels, and each sequel was more of the same, or much worse.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        TMNT wasn’t really a sequel, and it was really in no way like any of the live action flicks. This new one isn’t really a sequel either. Is there a Ninja Turtles 4 I’m not aware of?

      • Thomas H.

        I was talking about the Transformers movies.

      • Thomas H.

        I was talking about the Transformers movies.

    • Donatello

      First Transformers, now TMNT… if Michael Bay gets a hold of Dragonball, I pray for everyone’s childhoods (as if it weren’t already ruined by that unspeakably bad Evolution “movie”)

      • alk

        I’d love to see a Michael Bay Dragonball! Can you fucking imagine the possibilities?? They were made for each other.

      • Mezmero

        You sound like an idiot HOLLYWOOD already demolished Dragon Ball Z! Your just talking nonsense. STFU!

      • the king of comedy

        As bad as Michael Bay movies are I don`t think he`s ever done something as awful as the Dragon Ball Evolution movie, A Michael Bay Dragon Ball movie might actually be an improvement, and I guess his style full of cgi and explosions suits the source material

  • Spike

    That’s good. It’s a chance to fix everything that went wrong.

    • Gerry Rock

      the only thing could save another Turtles film is a reboot without Fox and Bay

    • Django9000

      Not that Turtles were ever very deep to begin with (their roots as a satire of Frank Miller comics notwithstanding), but while I skipped this outing, if they found a way to bring characters like Krang, Baxter Stockman (in Fly form), or even the Neutrinos, etc to screen, I still wouldn’t pay but would check it out on netflix eventually.

      • topheryork

        Love the Neutrinos reference! But ya i’m over them making movies that just involve shredder. They have tons of baddies to pick from.

  • TorpedoVegas

    Well that’s just great. Thanks a lot America!

  • Cjv95

    How much you guys wanna bet they won’t learn anything from this and give us more of the same next time around?

    • cb

      Oh, you mean like Amazing Spider Man 2?

      • Melwing

        Funny you mention ‘Amazing’, since this TMNT movie basically ripped the plot from the first one.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        They killed Uncle Ben again? Goddamn, that man can’t even catch a break outside his own franchise.

      • Melwing

        Damn near, actually.

  • pickaname

    You must be proud of yourselves, America.

    • milo

      Don’t worry, dumb audiences will eat it up just as much in the rest of the world. If not more so (see Transformers 4, Spidey, etc).

  • Guest

    I AM GROOT.

    • milo

      Edgar Wright!

  • mattinacan

    i love how the studio and people involved with this film act like it’s not the biggest piece of shit all year

    • cb

      People saw it . . . . that’s all that matters. Its why they go ahead and release absolutely pointless drivel like Green Lantern, and at NO point does anybody ever say “I don’t know guys . . . .are people actually going to like this?”
      The response: “Hey, they’ve paid hundreds of millions to watch far worse”

      • Mezmero

        So did you see this movie? I bet not and I bet you didn’t see Green Lantern so your opinion is not valid,if it was you would have never made that comparison. Because you know what happend to Green Lanter 2??

      • cb

        I downloaded both . . . and i paid attention till the end, which is more than i can say about your post. But keep writing them, someone’s bound to read the whole thing sooner or later.

    • Spanky

      Apparently you didn’t take ‘how to run a business 101′

      Why would they take a dump on a product they are marketing?

      • mattinacan

        i’m pretty sure that’s not a real class

  • appolox

    I think they should get a new director for the sequel so that each film will feel distinct from each other.

    • alk

      Jon Turteltaub! I mean it’s a FUCKING SHOE IN, right?

      • appolox

        What did he direct?

      • Melwing

        I think you missed the turtle joke

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Give him shell, Melwing!

      • mattinacan

        he’s too turtlely for the turtle club

    • 80sRobot

      Yes, it would be nice if the sequel is distinct from the first by being good instead.

  • Martin

    Dang it! I wished this would have bombed so it can get a real director like Jon Favreau or Brad Bird. If either director did it, I bet it would be amazing. But we get stuck with Liebesman and Bay…a terribly potent combination.

  • Oolie zool

    I thought it was fun. The story changes stunk and the story overall wasn’t great or anything, but the turtles and splinter were great and carried it.

    • DeathoftheEndless7

      I have similar thoughts. Megan Fox was way better than I expected.

  • Mezmero

    LMMFAO HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! THIS IS WHY YOU NEVER LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE MOVIE OR PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO BE FANS. THIS MOVIE HAD EVERY ELEMENT OF THE 90′s VERSION WITH A NEW LOOK. I HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH A 2nd ROUND!! YOU WERE ALL WRONG AND YOU WERE NOT NEEDED TO MAKE THIS SUCCESSFUL SO STAY AWAY LOL!

    • mattinacan

      i wish i could punch your face, but i promised to never hit a girl

      • TottenhamMandem

        You mean you promised never to talk to a girl, nerd.

      • mattinacan

        that makes no sense

    • topheryork

      You realize the 80/90′s cartoon is not the original version of TMNT. I’m with you on it not being horrid but lets just hope the next one is less a movie about April with some Ninja turtles in it and that we can get a movie that is not just freaking shredder.

    • milo

      This movie was so awesome it broke his caps lock. Impressive.

  • Mezmero

    REALLY I MEAN IT YOUR NOT A REAL FAN! THEY CHANGE 10% OF THE STORY AND YOU BITCH ABOUT? LMMFAO! I BET HALF YOU DID NOT SEE THIS SO STOP SAYING IT WAS NOT NEEDED THIS WAS GOOD AND YOU THROW UNREALATED PROBLEMS IN TO IT? IF I DIDN’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT TMNT I WOULD STILL LIKE THIS!! YOU RUBBER SUIT DREAMS ARE DONE!

    • Mezmero licks his own bum

      Hey dumbass, you left your Caps lock on

  • TedSallis

    God fucking damn it.

  • Mezmero

    I know people will see this so know that this movie is not bad at all. You will like how loyal it is your not going to be let down the 2nd one will be worth it!! I’m watching it right now!!

    • CAPSLOCK

      I AM GOING TO WRITE ALL OF THIS IN CAPS BECAUSE IT IS REALLY ANNOYING AND REALLY HURTS THE EYES. DAMN IT IS SO HOT TODAY I HAVE A MASSIVE TENSION HEADACHE FROM A SWIFT AND SUDDEN WEATHER CHANGE. MY SKIN IS FALKING AND DRY DUE TO EXPOSURE TO A SWIFT BURNING WIND FROM THE SOUTH WEST. CAN YOU SPARE A NICKEL?

    • mattinacan

      please shut up

  • Agent777

    They need a second film to pad out the Wal-Mart double feature DVD for the dollar bin.

  • LEM

    Krang.

  • Kpaqu1

    If it breaks even it’s a win. Profit is made by selling toys/products like Star Wars, Marvel, DC do.

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  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Not suprising as Michael Bay is really an unstoppable force at the BO. Saw the movie and thought it wasn’t bad but could have been much better. Honestly the reason why the turtles didn’t get the screen time that they deserved was due to budget restraints but hopefully the sequel will do better w a larger budget. Also can they please get a real director who doesn’t make his films have such an ugly look to them – I get it when you are directing horror films but Wrath of the Titans and TMNT both just had an awful look to them.

  • MuhammedtheStupidTerrorist

    Bay will drop out of Transformers 5 and switch to direct this. He feels he can make more money with it. Its 2007-2014 all over again, starting in 2014-. Here come the Megan Fox internet gossip/Paparazzo. Jennifer’s Body 2 – coming to a theater near you.

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  • spaceMONkeyx01

    Michael Bay is hell bent on destroying our childhood. Isn’t he?

  • Ryan Marsh Thunder Fairweather

    Please remove Megan Fox and Mr. Bay. Please include Krang and the Technodrome. Please include action sequences that I can actually visually focus on like I wanted to be able to describe an action sequence to a friend (please see the Raid 1 & 2 for reference, hell get Gareth Evans to direct TMNT2!!!! omg). Please include Ninjitsu. Include human characters with personalities but make them support for the main cast, the turtles. AND Casey Jones, duh!

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