Despite my generation’s desperation to constantly relive their childhoods in any way possible, this weekend’s reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles did not turn out to be a great movie. It’s not the worst movie of the summer – that’d be Transformers: Age of Extinction – but its complete lack of imagination and tired “everything is connected” brand of storytelling does not translate into an enjoyable moviegoing experience. But like Transformers, that doesn’t mean people won’t still pay money to see it in theaters: the new TMNT made $93.7 million at the global box office, which only means one thing: a sequel is on the way.
Paramount made the announcement official in Variety, and the studio has set screenwriters Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec returning and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company back to produce. So…more of the same, then. Fans disappointed with the new film probably shouldn’t get their hopes up that the sequel will be any better, because the lack of care that went into the film that’s currently in theaters was rewarded with a big box office intake means that the filmmakers now know how low the bar is set, and knowing these guys, it’s not likely that they’ll put much effort into improving it. No word yet on whether director Jonathan Liebesman is coming back to direct, but Megan Fox and Will Arnett are signed to three picture deals, so expect to see more of April and Vern when the new movie hits theaters on June 3rd, 2016.
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