Over the years, Seth Rogen has made a name for himself adapting (and sometimes providing his acting talent) for lesser-known comics or films like Invincible And The young. At this point you would think he would have moved on to something bigger with these – namely Marvel or DC, similar to those indie directors have done in the past. But it sounds like Rogen is doing fine where he is, and he has no plans to change that anytime soon.
In conversation with polygon around Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, the outlet asked Rogen what’s keeping him from tackling a Marvel or DC project, and he openly admitted that he’s dreading such a commitment. In particular, a fear of “The Process,” which Marvel uses for all of its films and shows, which it admitted it has no inside knowledge of. He noted that it seemed to work “really well” for the studio, but wondered if that process was one that he and frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg would “ultimately get really frustrated with.”
“Evan and I have a pretty specific way of working; [we’ve] I’ve been a writer for 20 years at this point. […] What’s nice about it? Mutant Chaos is that we are the producers of it. So we dictated the system, and we dictated the process in a lot of ways.” He has described himself and Goldberg as “control freaks” and admitted that he enjoys building The young And Invincible for Prime Video: “We create the infrastructure and the process for them and do not intervene in someone else’s infrastructure and process.”
Rogen further informed Polygon that his selection of what to adjust reflects going to comic book stores as a kid and figuring out what to buy. “There’s a lot of comics that I love and things that I love, but I’m like, ‘What else can I add?'” he said. (Akira, Obviously he doesn’t think he has anything to add.) Which attracted him and Goldberg Mutant Chaos was the “unexplored aspect” of seeing the Ninja Turtles as teenagers first and not as turtles who happen to be teenagers. “As folks who’ve written a lot of teenage movies and been very involved cinematically with this genre over the years… A lot of it is just like, ‘Could we bring this to life well and do it in a way that brings it? ‘ , as fans of it, wouldn’t we get angry with ourselves if we looked at it from the outside?’”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem hits theaters on August 2nd. Away our review and on other networks, it sounds like Rogen, Goldberg and director Jeff Rowe brought the Turtles to life quite well – and Paramount thinks the same, since a Sequel and TV show have already received the green light.
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