Leading up to the release of the big budget franchise sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows from director Dave Green due out this weekend, fans of the original comic book property co-created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in the 1980s (plus the original animated series and subsequent live-action films of the 1990s) are probably on the edge of their seats in fevered anticipation. Ahead of the film's release, producer Brad Fuller has already promised a sequel that will satisfy fans and improve upon the mistakes made in the preceding feature from 2014.
Whether or not general audiences and die-hard fans alike will prove more receptive to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel than critics have so far remains to be seen. Nevertheless, Fuller still appears willing to bet that moviegoers will have fun with Out of the Shadows and promises that there is even more Ninja Turtles material yet to be explored in future sequels down the road.
In our exclusive interview with the producer of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Fuller was quick to state the fact that there is still plenty to explore from the original comics of the 1980s before he and the rest of the production team even think about producing a feature set outside of the Ninja Turtles world. Speaking to his personal take on the future of the franchise, Fuller commented:
"It feels to me like we need to do a lot more work before we get to that stage. First, I would think we want to make, if we’re lucky enough to have another Turtle movie beyond this one, I don’t know why we would start doing a crossover until it felt like the storylines had been played out in the Turtle world. I feel like Kevin (Eastman) and Peter (Laird) have created so many amazing stories that we’re not even close to that. So I’m not even sure why I would want to do it at this point."
Apparently the level of detail and design that went into fully realizing the visual effects alone in Out of the Shadows was a more than taxing feat to accomplish, leaving Fuller eager to promote the film that has already been made and leave any talk of future sequels on the back burner for now. That being said, he did hint at the presence of a Michael Bay Transformers movie reference in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel (which Bay produced), though any crossover movie events between the two franchises has not been planned as of yet, as Fuller further explained:
"I will say that in this Turtle movie there is a tangential moment that the Transformers fans will enjoy. At this point, and I hate this, but at this point I can’t see any kind of crossover. There’s never been talk of that. We’re just trying to create an environment where people are eager to see more Turtles. If that happens, no one has mentioned it to me. And I don’t think anyone has ever mentioned it to Bay. I don’t know how that would happen."
For now fans of the Ninja Turtles can anticipate seeing the completed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows as a more fully realized adaptation of the outstanding source material. And pending viewer approval, perhaps the future of the franchise might yet include an actual appearance from characters of the Transformers franchise. (Not to mention - technically, the Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers exist in the same universe!)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens in U.S. theaters on June 3rd, 2016.