This month’s latest throwback to our collective childhood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, features a newish origin story that (and no spoilers here, we promise, just general broad strokes) more closely links up the turtles and April O’Neil (Megan Fox), with a brief nod to the alien “ooze” (TCRI) that helped turn the turtles into, well, mutants. It’s sort of tossed off and, at one point, another character even jokes about the turtles being aliens (a claim that April laughs off), but fans of the series know that, yes, there is an alien element at play here. And it’s one that we’re going to see a lot more of in the film’s inevitable sequel.
Over at ScreenRant, an intriguing new interview shares some tiny details about what we can expect from the the next TMNT. They say sat down with director Jonathan Liebesman and producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form to chat about what else we can expect to see in the new film — beyond other beloved characters like Krang, Casey Jones, Bebop, and Rocksteady, who have all been widely hinted to show up — and (surprise!) some of it just might be alien.
The team was specifically asked about if they would make a sequel that is “big and sci-fi,” a leading enough question that prompted Liebesman to say “Dimension X? F*ck yes.” Um, okay, calm down. Dimension X is, of course, the creepy Krang-centric dimension that the turtles eventually end up battling in and the home of the TCRI ooze (the mutant stuff that’s talked about in the new film). As ScreenRant reminds us, “In the 2012 TV series, for example, the portal between Earth and Dimension X was hidden in TCRI by the alien Kraang.”
The other worlds that lead into Dimension X and are part of that storyline will likely appear in the sequel, as Form shared, “There are scripts that have been written for this movie that integrated those worlds into it already…” Liebesman added, “They were just too…it made the movie a bit too unfocused for this particular story.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 will hit theaters on June 3, 2016 — perhaps with a big alien plot! — and will see the return of producers Fuller, Form, and Michael Bay. Screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec will also be back.
What do you want to see in the next TMNT?
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