Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
Michael Bay sparked some predictable fan outrage a few months ago by revealing that his live-action Ninja Turtles feature would scrap the “Teenage Mutant” part of the characters’ identities altogether. But it sounds like his other plans for the heroes in a half-shell were a bit more familiar.
According to an outlet that’s read the script, the Jonathan Liebesman-directed film would’ve featured some very recognizable Ninja Turtle figures and locales, like villains Krang, Bebop, and Rocksteady, Krang and Shredder’s Technodrome lair, and their home Dimension X. Perhaps those elements will remain the same after the much-publicized reworking, and perhaps not. Read more after the jump.
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Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and that suggests that some people working on the new TMNT film really, really like Gareth Evans‘ film The Raid. The Indonesian martial-arts action picture is built on fight scenes that draw on pencak silat, the collective martial arts style of Indonesia. Choreographed by Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian, The Raid features some of the best fight scenes since Ong Bak, with fast, joint-shattering and face-breaking violence.
Looks like that movie is one of the ones that have influence on Paramount and Platinum Dunes’ delayed Ninja Turtles. In a very long video interview, TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman says the fight scenes in the new film will be inspired by The Raid, as well as Fist of Legend. Read More »
And you thought the title was an issue. Months after controversy surrounded the Platinum Dunes remake of Ninja Turtles, sans the Teenage Mutant, Paramount has just put the film on hold, delaying its December 2013 release day until at least May 2014. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the issue is, what else? The script. Does that mean the turtles will be teenage mutants once again? Read more after the jump. Read More »
Will Vanilla Ice be ninja, ninja rapping in the new Ninja Turtles reboot? It’s possible. Or, at least, that’s what could be discerned from his (non) comments in a new interview. The rapper-turned-actor-turned home remodeler, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, appears in next week’s That’s My Boy and was recently discussing his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fandom with MTV. He then refused to comment when asked about possible involvement with the new film, which will reportedly start shooting in Vancouver later this year. Watch the clip and more after the jump. Read More »
While fans have been very vocal regarding Michael Bay’s comments about his company’s upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, Ninja Turtles, one thing that hasn’t really been discussed is the human element. While the turtles themselves are essential, the supporting characters are a huge part of the universe. So will Casey Jones and April O’Neil make appearances? We don’t know yet. What we do know is hip hop aritst Kid Cudi (who hit song “Pursuit of Happiness” was recently remixed in Project X) is most likely helping with the film in some way.
Cudi, real name Scott Mescudi, first posted a photo on his Tumblr of a Ninja Turtle with a caption suggesting he was going to be part of the film, next tweeted about Bay’s comments and then producer Brad Fuller retweeted an article about the whole situation. Seems like a good bet he’ll be part of the movie. How so exactly? Speculate and see the evidence after the jump. Read More »
You can almost hear Michael Bay getting irritated as he types this — the producer/director has weighed in once more about the various controversies (I use that term lightly) over the new live-action version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Yesterday we heard the title might be simply Ninja Turtles, and now Bay has confirmed that title via his own forums. Read More »
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 »