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I think it’s safe to say that the casting of the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has met with less than glowing response so far. Megan Fox has been cast as April O’Neil, and Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard and Noel Fisher are announced as the physical actors who will mo-cap the four turtles.

Now there’s a new talent in the mix, as Will Arnett has been announced as part of the cast. Read More »

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Though Leonardo is generally considered the leader of the gang, Raphael was the first Turtle cast last week when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire actor Alan Ritchson boarded director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Michael Bay‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot last week.

But apparently the rest of the group weren’t too far behind. Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher have just been cast as Leonardo, Donatello, and Michaelangelo, respecitvely. The roles will be portrayed via motion capture. Hit the jump for more info.

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Producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman have cast the first member the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Alan Ritchson, who plays Gloss in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and starred in the show Blue Mountain State, will portray the red-masked Raphael. The film isn’t going to put actors in suits like the original movies, however. This time they’ll be motion captured and realized as CGI in real environments.

Ritchson is the first of four lead roles cast to go along with Megan Fox as TV reporter/Turtle friend April O’Neil. Read More »

Last summer, we got word that Paramount’s Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot had been delayed by a whole six months to retool the script, perhaps in reaction to some of the fan outrage over changes to the turtles’ origin story.

Now it’s being pushed back yet again, though not by nearly as much. The film is still planned for summer 2014, but will now open later than originally announced. What’s more interesting is that the title may have changed. As of last year, it was going by the name Ninja Turtles, but most of the recent reports refer to it as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Michael Bay famously booted Megan Fox between the second and third installments of his Transformers series due to personal differences, but apparently the two have since decided to kiss and make up. Bay has just announced that she will be joining his upcoming Ninja Turtles reboot, making her the first official bit of casting for the Jonathan Liebesman-directed film. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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We won’t actually see the Michael Bay-produced Ninja Turtles until 2014 or so, but in the meantime Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman is keeping the hype machine rolling by naming all sorts of other movies that Ninja Turtles will be like. Among the titles he’s previously name-checked are The Raid: Redemption, Fist of Legend, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Now he’s also likening Ninja Turtles to The Avengers, in terms of “scope and roots origin.” Lord knows there’s a world of difference between emulating The Avengers and actually being as good as The Avengers, but at least they’re aiming high, I guess? Continue reading after the jump.

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It’s a nice slow day for remake news, which means we only have a couple stories instead of a big page full. After the break,

  • Sam Raimi promises a wildly bloody Evil Dead remake,
  • He also says Poltergeist is moving along, if slowly,
  • Delayed Ninja Turtles seems to have had a pretty dire original script, according to one review,
  • And original Total Recall director Paul Verhoeven calls the remake “not very good.”

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