Colin Jost Is Delivering Peak Nostalgia With a New ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Movie


Very important question: are you a Michaelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo or Raphael?

If you grew up in the late eighties or early nineties, chances are you answered that question in a flash. Chance are even higher that you will be very excited by the news that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are getting the reboot treatment.

Saturday Night Live star Colin Jost and his brother Casey are writing a new feature film centred on the beloved characters for Paramount — not to be confused with the CGI-animated film that Seth Rogen is producing for the same studio, as well as Nickelodeon.

As of now, the movie is in early development, so details on the plot are being kept under wraps, but we do know that Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Scott Mednick and Galen Walker will be serving as producers.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were first created in 1984 by comic book writer-artist team Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, who dreamed up the four reptiles who gain impressive ninjutsu skills after coming into contact with some radioactive ooze in the sewers of New York City (checks out, tbh) and are then mentored by a wise old ratman named Splinter.

Being the proud New Yorkers they are, the four turtle brothers — named for four of the Renaissance’s most iconic artists — then take it upon themselves to fight crime and keep their city safe, much like Rudy Giuliani did before he became a Trump-supporting nutjob.

Also being New Yorkers, they love pizza more than life itself, making them by far the most relatable superheroes out there.

Their most notorious enemy is Shredder — a Darth Vader-esque supervillain who runs a Foot Clan made up of angsty, displaced teenagers and, honestly, I cannot imagine anything more terrifying than that.

The IP was first developed into a TV series in 1987 and ran for ten seasons, while the first feature film was released in 1990 (and still holds up to this day if you’re keen to check it out on Netflix).

Three sequels followed the 1990 version, with the films collectively grossing more than $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office.

Jost, who has made a name for himself as a writer and star on SNL, is also writing a feature film called Worst Man for Universal, which he will also star in with fellow comedian Pete Davidson.

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