"Earth to Echo" Director Reportedly in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" Talks

When the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" return to theaters, it looks like it will be with a new director: Variety reported Thursday that David Green, director of this summer's family sci-fi film "Earth to Echo," is in talks to direct the sequel, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2."

Jonathan Liebesman directed this year's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film, but Variety states that Paramount "wanted to take a new approach" and looked for new directors. As the outlet points out, the point was likely moot as Liebesman is directing the 10-part "Shannara" for MTV, an adaptation of Terry Brooks' fantasy series.

Liebesman's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot was the latest film in the enduring multimedia franchise, created in 1984 as a comic book by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Released in August, the movie grossed $191.2 million domestically, with a $477.2 million worldwide total. A sequel was quickly made official following the film's $65 million opening weekend. "Earth to Echo," Green's feature film directorial debut, grossed $45.3 million worldwide from a reported $13 million budget.

Not much is yet known about "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2," but Michael Bay will return as producer, and the film has a scheduled release date of June 3, 2016. Co-stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett are expected back as April O'Neil and Vern Fenwick, and Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec will return to write the script.

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