LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Earth to Echo" director David Green is in talks to direct "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2," sources confirm.
Jonathan Liebesman directed this summer's "Turtles" pic, which grossed $478 million worldwide, but Paramount wanted to take a new approach and decided to open the director search. Liebsman would have been unable to direct on such short notice anyway, as he is currently directing the 10-part event series "Shannara."
Michael Bay is producing along with his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec are penning the script.
Unknown at this point are plot details and who will return from the original pic, though Megan Fox and Will Arnett are expected to reprise their roles.
The Turtles franchise is one of Paramount's top properties following its success this summer -- so much so that Paramount dated the sequel for 2016 before even locking down a director or cast.
The job is a huge win for the Green who, prior to "Earth to Echo," was known more for his short films including "Dial M for Murder" and "New Romance." Paramount is typically careful about budgets and likes to work with directors who can make the most out of what they have to work with, as Green did on "Echo," which cost only $13 million to make.
Paramount had no comment.