The first live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was released 30 years ago, with sequels coming in 1991 and 1993, and the franchise rebooted in 2014, with a CGI-inspired film released in between in 2007. Combined, the films made more than $1 billion worldwide.
The films are based on the popular comic book of the same name, created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, which had a 30-year run from 1984-2014.
According to Comicbook.com, writer Bobby Herbeck is hoping to bring back the magic of the original film and director Steve Barron’s initial vision.
“We’re trying to make that happen. We want to do a reboot,” Herbeck said. “We got our fans come to us on Instagram, they’re, ‘Why don’t you guys do a reboot of the first movie?’ We’d love to do it.”
He is particularly excited about the possibilities that Jim Henson’s Creature Shop could do with the Turtles today, having defied expectations for the original when today’s advanced technology was not around.
After all, Jim Henson and his famed Creature Shop were able to bring Raphael, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Donatello to life onscreen in a way that thrilled fans without having the same CGI capabilities available today.
“Imagine if Brian Henson had access to the technology he does today to make these costumes and all that. I think it would be amazing. A reboot like that I think would really get people’s juices flowing,” Herbeck said. “The truth is, this property, it’s established now after 30 years as a part of our modern pop culture, it’s not going away. It’s only going to continue to grow. I do wish that we could go back.”
With Fathom Events and Warner Bros. re-releasing the popular original movie this week—in select theaters Nov. 6-8—now would be a great time to start talking about bringing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back with something new.