THE MOVIE: Aliens invade Earth and inadvertently spawn a quartet of mutated reptilian warriors, the Ninja Turtles, who rise up against them to defend the world. Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) is directing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film stars Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Will Arnett and Whoopi Goldberg. Expect a August 8, 2014 release date.
Updates: AICN reports that Michael Bay has spoken after fans judged him for changing the origins of the turtles from radioactive Amphibians to an an alien race. | AICN has a quote from director Jonathan Liebesman, who states that the expansion of the story (changing the origins of the turtles from radioactive Amphibians) is not Michael Bay’s idea; it’s actually from creator Kevin Eastman’s head.
The title of the film has been shortened to Ninja Turtles. | Despite Paramount pulling out of the project, Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, recently told MTV: “From what I’ve seen, it’s easily the best Turtle movie yet, we’re talking Raid: Redemption-style fight scenes; we’re talking about epic Rise of the Planet of the Apes sort of effects.”
Collider has posted the first photos of Megan Fox as April O’Neil. | Film Combat Syndicate for some photos of the turtles in their pre-CGI renditions. | In an interview with Huffpost TV, William Fichtner revealed that he will be playing Shredder in the reboot.
In a story from Collider, William Fichtner says, “It’s not like any Mutant Ninja Turtles thing you’ve ever seen before. It’s freaky, they’re cool, and they’re mutants and they look awesome. It’s tough and it’s going to be really, really great.”