Ninja turtles back to film in New York

2015-03-23 17:00

New York - A sequel to children's box-office hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will start filming in New York next month, a delighted Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday.

The famous pizza-munching turtles, back for another mission to save New York from a dangerous threat, will return for their next cinema release on 3 June 2016.

The film is being directed by David Green and is being produced by Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures.

De Blasio, who was elected on a progressive platform last year, said the film would bring $70m to the state of New York and create "many jobs".

"New York City knows how to host blockbuster films," he boasted.

The mayor's office quoted an independent study as saying that the entertainment industry generates $7.1bn in New York, $400m in tax revenue and employs 130 000 residents.

The last Ninja Turtles film, released in 2014, grossed more than $190m at the US box office.

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