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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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 »
The time has come to really re-launch the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. A new movie is in development at Paramount and Platinum Dunes (Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec were just hired to rewrite it) and Nickelodeon will air a new animated show starting in the fall of 2012. Now we’ve got the voice cast for the quartet. Sean Astin will voice red-masked, sai-wielding Raphael, and he reveals that Rob Paulsen, who voiced Raphael in the original ’90s animated series, will voice Donatello. Jason Biggs will be Leonardo, and Greg Cipes (Ben 10) is Michelangelo. Read More »
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 »
In the wake of WonderCon there are a great many little comic book tidbits floating around, so let’s start with Stan Lee. With summer approaching he is talking about cameos. To THR he jokes that he’d like to be in The Dark Knight Rises (“I wonder why DC Comics doesn’t have me do a cameo in Batman? Just think how people would come to see that. They wouldn’t believe it.”) and to Digital Spy he sings his own praises in Thor: “…like all [my other cameos] it is magnificent. It’s the high spot of the movie. I’m a little sorry about these cameos because people are so affected by them and influenced by them they don’t notice what else is going on in the movie.”
Oh, and the creator of Spider-Man doesn’t have a problem with a British actor playing his creation (“I think the more actors that we use from away in other countries is brilliant,” he says, “because we are one world and we’ve got to stick up for that.”) not that we expected to hear anything else. Stan Lee isn’t really a guy that’s going to start raging against the studio system now. But it’s good to get his blessing, I suppose.
After the break, Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about his new creation, Ryan Reynolds talks superheroes and there are new TMNT character posters. Read More »
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Here’s a brief short film in which a seriously dedicated TMNT fan decides he’s not willing to wait for the new film being developed by Platinum Dunes. He wants to see a re-imagined early encounter between April O’Neil and the mutated ninja turtle Raphael right now. If you also don’t want to wait for the new film, watch Fight the Foot after the break. Read More »
Do you like your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ultra-gritty, ‘realistic’ and with a lot of violence, but without a lot of particularly interesting violence? Then you’re in luck! Paramount became the new home for TMNT last year when Nickelodeon paid $60m for global rights to the characters, and the studio has now handed the development of a new feature film over to Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes. Read More »
When I was reading oversized black and white TMNT comics in the mid-’80s, I never would have guessed that one day the rights to those characters would be trading for sixty million dollars. But that’s what Nickelodeon just paid to pick up global TMNT rights from the Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment. The result of the deal? The rumored new film and a new CG-animated series will both arrive in 2012. Read More »
Update [by Editor Peter Sciretta]: Variety has confirmed this earlier report. Fusco issued the following statement: “It is always exciting when you can come aboard a project that bridges the worlds of what you do with what you love.” No other new information has been revealed.
A TMNT fan blog noticed the other day that the official TMNT site had released details of the Turtles’ panel at Comic Con, and the page (since deleted) had some new info. Among the guests listed for the panel was John Fusco, noted in the listing as the writer for the live-action movie due in 2011. That’s an interesting choice for the project, and suggests that the aim is to create more than a simple cash-in that preys on fan nostalgia.
Fusco wrote the two Young Guns movies, Hidalgo with Viggo Mortensen, the recent Jet Li picture The Forbidden Kingdom and may be writing the latest attempt to remake Seven Samurai. None of them cinema classics by any means (not talking about the Kurosawa Seven Samurai, obviously) but it’s a resume that has a strong western/martial arts bent. And what is TMNT (also no cinema classic) really but a cheeky urban version of Western and wuxia tropes? Read More »