The popularity of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shows no signs of stopping. After the upcoming fifth season of the current TMNT series (premiering March 19), Nickelodeon will reboot the franchise with a new 2-D series titled Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
For many, the 2-D animation will be a welcome change since the original show was obviously in the same style. Nine years after the first show ended in 1996, another 2-D TMNT series premiered and aired for seven seasons until Nickelodeon’s 2012 CGI revitalization.
At the Nickelodeon presentation in New York today, Cyma Zarghami, president of the Nickelodeon Group, said”
“’Turtles’ has been an incredibly important franchise for us since we reignited it five years ago, and we’re excited for the new series to take the characters in a different direction with more humor, a younger and lighter feel and all-new dimensions to explore.”
According to Variety, the official synopsis reads:
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will follow Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo on all-new adventures as they seek to unlock the mystical secrets of New York City. From the tallest skyscraper to the dankest sewer drain, the Turtles will encounter absurd new mutants and battle bizarre creatures all while enjoying their favorite slice of pizza. Tapping into mystic, ninja powers they never knew existed, the four brothers must learn to work together and navigate the perils of the modern age and hidden realms in order to fulfill their destiny to become a team of heroes.
Nickelodeon has already ordered 26 episodes for Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The premiere date for the new series is set tentatively for Fall 2018.
I was a big fan of the 2003 Turtles series and I know many people love the famous original series, so it’s nice to see a step back in time. In just the past few years, two live action movies and one video game were also released. You can bet Heroic Hollywood will continue to report on the Ninja Turtles wherever they show up next.