The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are set to make a big-screen comeback, reports Daily Variety.
The film, with state-of-the-art CGI, is set to be released in early 2007 by Warner Bros. studios.
“We think that a new generation of kids will love discovering Turtles, especially supported by the enthusiasm of fans of the original movies, comicbooks and TV shows,” Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov told Variety.
The new feature, which will be grittier than the trilogy of live action Ninja Turtles movies released in the early ’90s, is aiming for an audience of adults and youngsters accompanied by parents.
The film will be written and directed by Kevin Munroe, who is developing the screenplay with Peter Laird, one of the co-creators of the original Ninja Turtles comic book. The CGI will be created by Hong Kong’s Imagi.
The comic-inspired story of four humanoid crime-fighting turtles began the launch of several lucrative television and movie spinoffs in the late ’80s. The franchise has been abandoned since the 1993 release of the third film, which grossed $256 million in North America alone.