Following a shocking – shocking! – $65 million opening weekend ($70 million AUD) at the American box office, Paramount has quickly announced a sequel to their surprise hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
According to Deadline, Michael Bay will once again produce under his Platinum Dunes banner, while screenwriters Josh Appelbaum & Andre Nemec will return to write the script.
It’s not yet known if Jonathan Liebesman will be back to direct.
Buzz on this live-action/CGI TMNT reboot had been bad for months, and it wasn’t expected to do especially well up against the second weekend of Guardians of the Galaxy.
And yet, it still managed a massive launch in the States, also collecting $28 million from international territories ($30 million AUD). For a film budgeted at $125 million, it won’t be long before Paramount starts seeing a profit; certainly before the picture opens locally on September 11.