While we'd previously heard that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 could begin shooting this spring, New York Daily News has now confirmed that report. All four turtles are expected to return as production kicks off in New York and Buffalo this April. And officials claim the film will result in $70 million in spending for the state.
According to Paramount, at least $63 million of that budget will be spent in the Big Apple itself. The city is excited to have the comic book heroes back on their home turf. Says Mayor Bill de Blasio:
qoute"New York City knows how to host blockbuster films. We welcome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 to New York City, and look forward to the many jobs and tens of millions of jobs this will bring to our local economy."
At this time, no story details have been unveiled. And all details about where the actually shooting will take place, and which stars will participate, is being kept under wraps. Said Cynthia Lopez, commissioner of the mayor's office of media and entertainment:
"We can only imagine what the filmmakers have in store."
Platinum Dunes' Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form are returning to produce the upcoming sequel. This time out, David Green, known for his kid-friendly sci-fi adventure Earth to Echo, will take over directorial duties from Jonathan Liebesman, who directed 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Though not confirmed, Megan Fox is expected to return as April O'Neil along with William Fichtner as Eric Sacks. It has long been expected that this sequel will finality bring fan-favorite characters BeBop and RockSteady to the big screen for the first time. We'll have to wait and see if this mutated boar and rhino wind up stomping around Buffalo and the better parts of NYC.