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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Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
Michael Bay’s live-action movie version of the Ninja Turtles may be on hold for now, but a small-screen iteration of the heroes in a half-shell are just around the corner — and this one even keeps their “Teenage Mutant” roots, so I bet a lot of you already like it better than you do Bay’s movie.
Nickelodeon’s updated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series is gearing up for a fall launch, and as such has just dropped an official trailer to air on Nickelodeon and Nick.com this week. Watch it after the jump.
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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 in Las Vegas for CinemaCon, I got the opportunity to sit down with director Jon Chu and chat about G.I. Joe: Retaliation. We talk about why people who didn’t like the first Stephen Sommers film Rise of Cobra should give the sequel a chance, how his vision of a GI Joe movie is more rooted in the cartoons and toys of his (and my) childhood, reinventing Cobra Commander, how he got the job, what Paramount saw in films like the Step Up series and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never to earn him a chance at a Summer action film, demystifying the movie pitching presentation process and more.
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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 »
Controversy errupted when Michael Bay made a small comment about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action reboot he is producing. Bay mentioned that the Turtles in his movie are “from an alien race” which is a big change from the mythology we’ve come to know from the comics, cartoons, and movies released thus far. Bay quickly shot back by advising everyone to “take a breath, and chill,” asserting that he was “working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creators Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman individually came to Bay’s defense. Laird said “But I would actually encourage TMNT fans to swallow the “chill pill” Mr. Bay recently suggested they take, and wait and see what might come out of this seemingly ill-conceived plan. It’s possible that with enough truly creative brainpower applied to this idea, it might actually work. I’m not saying it’s probable, or even somewhat likely… but it IS possible.” Eastman responded, “I had been invited to check out the TMNT film development by my friend Scott Mednick over the years, and a while back had a full look behind the curtian at what writers [Josh] Appelbaum and [Andre] Nemec, director [Jonathan] Liebesman, and producer Bay are doing–and trust me–it IS AWESOME. I’m officially on board.”
Today director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: LA) has surfaced to make some peace with fans and explain what is currently going on with the project, how they plan to shoot it, and what to expect. Meanwhile, TMNT co-creator Peter Laird has come back to clarify his previous pro-Bay comments, saying he hates the idea of intergalactic Ninja Turtles. All this and more, after the jump.
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