The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are returning to movies in an animated incarnation.
The animated film is based on the current series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, now airing on Nickelodeon. Rise is the second animated TMNT series to air exclusively on Nick.
The film is part of a broader deal with the children’s and teen network, Variety reports. In addition to Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the partnership would see a film version of The Loud House produced as well.
The announcement was revealed during a Tuesday morning earnings call and is part of a long-term plan to expand Nickelodeon's parent company, Viacom, to deliver content beyond its own channels. It is an expansion of an existing partnership with Netflix, for which Nickelodeon produces the animated series Pinky Malinky. A live-action version of the popular series Avatar: The Last Airbender is also in production for the streaming service.
Debuting in late 2018, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is just the latest in the long line of cartoons based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The series reinvents the Ninja Turtles for the latest generation, adding a storyline involving previously undiscovered mystical powers.
While they’ve been a worldwide phenomenon since their animated debut in 1987, this deal with Netflix would mark the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated feature-length film since 2007’s TMNT was released theatrically.
News of these new films was part of a larger announcement via Viacom’s website, which does indicate moderate growth for the company’s Nickelodeon brand. No release date has been announced at this time.
Outside of television, Netflix and animation, the Turtles most recently appeared on the big screen in 2016’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. It was announced this year that a reboot of the film series was in production.
Season 1 of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently airing, with a second season in development. New episodes air Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. on Nickelodeon.