THE MOVIE: Variety reports that Jonathan Liebesman, director of Battle: Los Angeles and the upcoming Wrath of the Titans, is in talks to reboot a live-action version of Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book.
Updates: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a December 25, 2013 release date. Apparently, Michael Bay (who is producing) is changing the origins of the turtles from amphibians dipped in radioactive goo to an alien race: “Kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles do exist, when we are done with this movie,” said Bay. “These Turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable.” For the full article, visit comicbookresources.com.
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: “Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.”
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. Over at AICN, Michael Bay explains that this was purely a marketing decision. Says Bay: “The characters you all remember are exactly the same, and yes they still act like teenagers.”
While it initially appeared that Paramount was pulling the plug on Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot due to a weak script that the studio had zero confidence in, it now looks like the movie has only been delayed from its December 2013 release date to Summer 2014 in order to get the screenplay up to shape.
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.” On January 12th, Production Weekly tweeted (via nextmovie.com): “Principle photography on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is scheduled to begin this April in New York.”
Looks like Megan Fox and Michael Bay have overcome their differences. Rope of Silicon reports that Fox will be playing April O’Neil in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. On Bay’s official website, he wrote this blurb: “TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!” | Arrested Development’s Will Arnett has joined the cast as April O’Neil’s scheming cameraman.
BREAKING NEWS: Head over to Film Combat Syndicate for some photos of the turtles in their pre-CGI renditions.