"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" will undergo another transformation with a new 2D animated series titled "Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (via Variety). The new series will replace the current CG version on Nickelodeon, with the announcement coming Thursday at the network's upfront presentation in New York.
"The Turtles is a property that has reinvention in its DNA, which keeps it fresh and relevant to every new generation while satisfying the demand from its adult fans," said Nickelodeon Group President Cyma Zarghami. "'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."
Andy Suriano and Ant Ward will be executive producers on the 2D series. Suriano has a background as a character designer on Adult Swim's "Samurai Jack" and Ward is the supervising producer on Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," which will air its final season starting Sunday, March 19.
The description for the new animated series 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.
"Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" will begin in Fall 2018 with 26 episodes ordered.