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 »

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 »

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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 »


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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 »


state_of_play1In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley weigh the stupidity of Fox’s multiple Wolverine endings, speculate on David Slade’s capacity to direct Eclipse, and grow ever more dubious of McG’s credibility. Special guests Tyler Smith and David Bax join us from the Battleship Pretension podcast.

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For the Alamo Drafthouse’s upcoming Kid’s Club screenings of Labyrinth and TMNT, they commissioned a couple artists to create posters. First up is this Labyrinth scratch board-style print by Todd Slater. This poster measures approx 23×36, is printed on Black paper stock, and is signed and numbered by the artist. Available on for $30. And they also have a Blue-colored variant (seen below) available for $50.

The mysterious Scrojo created the TMNT poster, which measures 24×36, 4 colors on colored paper, and is individually numbered. Available on MondoTees for $30.

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We haven’t yet received clarification regarding the apparent removal of Brandon Routh‘s vampire role in The Informers, but Bloody Disgusting reports that the Superman Returns actor is a lock for the lead role in an adaptation of the supernatural comic book Dylan Dog. Director Kevin Munroe, who helmed the rather abysmal TMNT for Imagi, has apparently left the animation company and Weinstein Co.’s Gatchaman to envision a live-action feature based on this Italian comic. Dark Horse Comics brought an English version of the title to the States beginning in 1999.

First impression? The film, which begins shooting in July, might share some similarity with Constantine, in that the comic revolves around a loner paranormal investigator (zombies, Jack the Ripper-types, strange portals) who has an eccentric litany of personal troubles (hopeless romantic, former alcoholic, various phobias). Many of Dog’s cases turn up a human underbelly rather than spooky kookiness appropriate for Coast to Coast AM. This will mark the second time that Dylan Dog has made his way to the screen; he appeared in alter-ego form in the likable 1994 cult film Dellamorte Dellamore aka Cemetery Man starring Rupert Everett (who is said to have originally inspired the character’s look).

Personally, I’m a sucker for this kind of premise like I am for a raunchy road movie. And Routh deserves a cool rebound after scoring one of American cinema’s mega-star roles only to experience Singer’s epic vision hit its mark like a frog with one leg. On the other hand, Munroe still has something to prove. More on this project as it develops…

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Astro Boy Gets New Director


Imagi Studios has a lot to prove in my opinion.

They royally sucked the life out of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with last year’s TMNT. I mean, that old Saturday Morning computer animated kids’ show, ReBoot, is still exponentially more badass than TMNT, which had for source material one of the most freeing, original and well known kids’ properties of our time. And given, I know I wasn’t the film’s target demo, but still.

If I had a kid or knew if I had nephews I wouldn’t let him/her watch that movie; it’s that bad for the imagination and for the eyes. Imagi made the first animated Ninja Turtles movie seem like a slack promo film that some depressed 50-year-old dude has to sit through at a toy buyer’s convention while he dreams about the honey bun in the snack machine. And the can’t-be-bothered critics who wrote, “Well, the rain is startlingly realistic,” obviously got April O’Neil about as much as Imagi and the Weinstein Co. Yes, I rank it below the Turtles-go-to-Ancient-Japan threequel. Sure, that movie was greedy and brain dead, but not an offense to living.

[Cue /Film in-house cheerleaders saying, “Gooooo Imagi!”]

So, today it was announced that Astro Boy, Imagi’s next flick due in 2009, has a new director, David Bowers, to replace the original one, Colin Brady (upcoming The Smurfs). No word as of yet on why Brady is out. Bowers has a pretty deep resume, having had a hand in animation ranging from Who Framed Roger Rabbit to Chicken Run. But Astro Boy, based on what’s been released thus far, still looks like another bargain bin $40 million uninspired agenda that needs to hit a lucky mainstream double with kids and anime fans across the world to please investors. This movie’s future reeks of being one of those weird “looks like unfulfilled tripe but I’ll still download it with a bazillion others” bit torrent phenoms. Hope I’m wrong.