Jeff Rowe, the screenwriter and director of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem,” says he’s currently focusing on a fresh take on the franchise’s most iconic villain Shredder for the upcoming sequel.
Whatever they’ve roughly outlined, Paramount is happy with it as the film’s sequel was confirmed prior to the first film’s release. That film went on to major critical acclaim and proved a bit of a hit too.
Speaking with Collider, Rowe says the sequel aims to be “villain-forward” and will likely showcase a Shredder different to the versions we’ve seen before.
They’re working now on a creation that both meets certain expectations of fandom, whilst also not offering the ‘same old thing’ either. Ultimately the aim is to do something that feels as fresh as the first film’s take on the turtles themselves:
“That is exactly what I am trying to figure out and what my next meeting will be about. That is what we are in the thick of now. Shredder is just a great character. He’s an iconic, classic, loved character. He’s like the Joker. You know who he is, even if you’re not a fan of the source material.
I think we definitely wanna do a villain-forward film. We’re currently trying to make decisions about that, but those decisions for us as filmmakers are always going to come from the place of what tells the best story, specifically about our main characters, the Turtles.”
For those who haven’t caught up yet, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” is now streaming on Paramount+ in the United States.