Seems like everybody's favorite heroes in a half-shell are poised to make another comeback with both a new animated TV series and a live-action movie on the horizon. Paramount Studios has a first-look deal with the Michael Bay-founded production company Platinum Dunes in place, with hopes of revitalizing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property. And now they've hired a pair of blockbuster-friendly screenwriters: Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.

Appelbaum and Nemec are the writers behind the upcoming Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, which will find franchise star Tom Cruise passing the torch, so to speak, to Jeremy Renner. Paramount is happy with the duo's work and believes audiences may be ready to see the pizza-loving crimefighters return to their darker roots, as written in the original comics by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.

The 2007 CGI yawn-fest TMNT attempted to paint Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello in a more serious light, but didn't exactly convince. Hopefully, this new live-action iteration will be an action-packed return to form for the series. Let's keep Vanilla Ice out of it, too, please.

[Via Deadline]