I’m beginning to think that Michael Bay and his cohorts at Platinum Dunes are brilliant marketers. We’re more than a year away from the release of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film that Bay and Dunes are producing, with Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) directing, and there have been headlines about the project every day for the past few days. What was viewed as a weird reboot project with an unlikely creative team has turned into something that many people are talking about, even if the conversation right now is generally negative.
It started when Bay said the Turtles are “from an alien race,” which caused an uproar amongst fans. Now just about everyone who could chime in has, from the original TMNT creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, to various actors involved in the franchise in the past, all the way down to Bay and Liebesman.
Now there is a rumor that the film is simply called Ninja Turtles, and that the characters are also not teenagers. Does this mean there won’t be any marketing tie-ins with national pizza chains? Read More »
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As far as Paramount is concerned, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol seems to have come off well and should be a promising lead-in to a new phase of the series in which Jeremy Renner can take over from Tom Cruise. So the architects of that fourth M:I film, screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, have been hired to tackle another big property that the studio wants to revitalize as a franchise: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Read More »
Briefly: Platinum Dunes has been slowly moving away from producing only horror remakes — having proven an ability to assemble a profitable film in that arena, it’s time to move on to new grounds, I guess. The latest project the company has set up with Paramount is The Hauntrepeneur, a pretty awkwardly-titled spec pitch by Scott Rosenberg that could result in a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-type film. Read More »
In Hollywood, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles seem to be one of those trends that come and go. They stay in the sewer for years, then pop up with a new movie, then go away again, then pop up with another movie (still rumored to be on track for 2012). But on the internet, where the world comes together, the Turtles never really die.
Though they originally gained popularity as toys, most of us came to know and love the Turtles based on their hit cartoon show that ran from 1987-1996. Sure the original live action movies certainly hold a place near and dear to our hearts, but there’s something about that show. Something about that theme song. Something that almost makes you … want to reenact it shot by shot with your friends. See what we mean after the jump. Read More »
Paramount Pictures have finally announced screenwriters for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie which has been in development Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes. HeatVision has learned that Iron Man screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway have been hired to write the new movie adaptation. The screenwriting duo also has credits on Punisher: War Zone, and in development versions of Highlander and Buck Rogers.
You may recall that last year Nickelodeon paid $60m for global rights to the characters, and Viacom has been devleoping not only a new big screen movie but also a television series. Strangely, a recently leaked Paramount memo listed the project as “draft not looking great”. They might have been talking about the previously announced John Fusco script.
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Samuel Bayer’s A Nightmare on Elm Street is finally in theaters everywhere today. Personally, my enthusiasm for the project has waxed and waned over the years. I was wary when I first heard at Comic-Con that the project was under way, but when I had the chance to chat with the director a few weeks ago, I found myself getting more upbeat about the movie’s prospects. Here’s a guy who’s been responsible for some of the most iconic music video imagery in the past two decades, tackling a franchise rife with creative possibilities. Surely, he’d be able to wring some memorable filmmaking out of it, right?
So, did Bayer succeed? Hit the jump for some of my thoughts, and feel free to leave your own in the comments. Spoilers are allowed after this point.
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