'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Writers Sign First-Look Deal With Paramount (Exclusive)

Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec have become go-to scribes for the studio.
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Josh Appelbaum (left) and Andre Nemec

Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, the writers of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, have inked a two-year, first-look feature deal with Paramount Pictures. 

The duo have become go-to scribes for the studio, having worked on the Paramount franchise pic Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, which earned nearly $700 million worldwide, and the initial Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, which grossed almost $500 million. They also are working on a remake of Beverly Hills Cop for the studio.

Appelbaum and Nemec, who have been friends since third grade, are part of a writing collective that also includes writer-producers Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower) and Scott Rosenberg (Con Air). Operating under the flag of Midnight Radio, the four work independently on some projects, pair up on others and sometimes all colloborate together on given endeavors. 

The four first bonded when they worked on television series October Road, Alias and Life on Mars. Television is a big part of the Midnight Radio business with Appelbaum, Nemec, Pinkner and Rosenberg executive producing and showrunning Zoo, the CBS event series that is set to return for its second season on June 28.

The foursome also are exec producing Knightfall, the 10-episode straight-to-series project set up at History, which will explore the true accounts of the mysterious warriors known as the Knights Templar. (Jeremy Renner also is an exec producer.)  

Out of the Shadows opens today and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett and Stephen Amell.

 

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