9:35am PT by Borys Kit
'Ninja Turtles 2' in the Works
Paramount is saying "Cowabunga, dude," announcing a sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles after the movie’s surprising overperformance at the weekend’s box office.
The movie is on track to earn $65 million in its opening weekend and $97.3 million worldwide.
Screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, who wrote Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, will again brandish nunchuks to write the sequel and will also executive produce.
Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller will again produce along with Galen Walker and Scott Mednick. It is unclear at this stage whether director Jonathan Liebesman will return to helm the new picture.
Paramount has also staked out a release date for the sequel: June 3, 2016. (So far, Sony’s comedy The Sausage Party is on the date.)
"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,” said president of Paramount’s film group, Adam Goodman, in announcing the sequel to TMNT, which was made with sister Viacom arm Nickelodeon Movies. "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."