The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a new mentor. The live-action/CG hybrid film being produced now by Platinum Dunes and Michael Bay, and directed by Jonathan Liebesman, has cast Danny Woodburn as the mutated rat Splinter. The actor will likely do the role as a full motion-capture performance, in the same way the turtles are being created.
The rat acts as caregiver to the four mutated titular turtles, and teaches them martial arts, strategy, and (in most cases) discipline. You know Woodburn from a huge variety of roles on projects as diverse as Seinfeld, Mirror Mirror, Death to Smoochy, Bones, Crash & Bernstein, and Watchmen. Read More »
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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 »
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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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 »
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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 »
There is finally movement on the new version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that Platinum Dunes and Paramount have been assembling.
Jonathan Liebesman, director of Battle: Los Angeles and the Clash of the Titans sequel Wrath of the Titans, is now in talks to direct the new TMNT film written by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. Read More »