In the wake of Paramount’s endless push backs and delays regarding its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie (now simple called Ninja Turtles), Nickelodeon has quietly developed a new (and improved?) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series set to air this fall.
The first official trailer for the series begins, naturally, at the beginning – four turtles! an accident! a secret! “They were trailed for battle,” the narrator recounts solemnly, “and now, when their city is under siege, the fate of humanity is in their hands” (or feet, perhaps). The original TMNT cartoon was one of my absolutely favorites as a kid, and it seems Nickelodeon may be doing a decent job of resurrecting the franchise for a new generation of fans. To see the trailer, hit the jump.
Trailer via EW.
Despite the lack of Splinter and April in the trailer, we do get a short shot of Shredder, who seems legitimately menacing.
The series’ executive producer Ciro Neili spoke to EW recently and said of this iteration of the Turtles’ story:
“I tried to boil it down and get to really what’s at the core of it, which is this sense of brothers and camaraderie. Everything grew out of that. It’s like a band. You want a Beatles thing.”
That Beatles analogy weirdly works (think about it). But Neili, please – never use “turtles” and “boil” in the same thought.
The trailer will premiere on Nick.com tomorrow and Nickelodeon this coming Saturday.