Humanity’s understanding of reality was shattered when we received the news that a critically panned, yet highly profitable cinematic adaptation of a cartoon/toy line from the 1980s would get a sequel. Confused, panicked civilians took to the streets, looting and rioting as they screamed “WHY???” and asked what kind of God could allow this…
(all right, that’s all the snark I got for ya)
As Deadline reported on Friday: Johnathan Liebsman‘s Michael Bay produced film reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be getting a follow up in June of 2016.
This news was announced before TMNT kicked ass to the tune of $65 million over the weekend–making it #1 at the box office (dethroning the wildly received Guardians of the Galaxy), so it’s more than clear that Paramount has a lot of faith in this film’s potential as a franchise, and well they should: Word ’round the campfire is that TMNT is loud, flashy, and simplistic–but too violent and sexually suggestive to be considered a kids’ movie…like someone filmed the contents of a 13 year old boy’s brain.
In other words, it’s Transformers all over again–another profitable, but soulless franchise capitalizing on a brand we loved as children….But this is not our review of the film (THIS is).
Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman had this to say about the film’s success:
Launching a new take on the Turtles into the feature film world was a daunting task because as fans of them ourselves, we felt a great responsibility to ensure audiences were going to experience everything they loved about the Turtles, while also getting to see them brought to life in a way they had never been seen before. The result exceeded our high expectations and the response to the film is beyond great, making it all the more fun to get started on the continuation of their story.
Um, if “high expectations” and a “beyond great” response mean a Certifiably Rotten 19% on the Tomato Meter, then Goodman is spot on….Though I expect he was referring to the $65 million opening weekend.