Not sure exactly how this hit our radar this week, but it did. So let’s roll with it.
The 1990 live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film made over $200 million across the world, certifying it as one of that year’s most successful films. Who could forget the ending where, after defeating Shredder, Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello spout out a slew of suitably radical adjectives before Master Splinter throws in his own, they all laugh, and the amazing song “T.U.R.T.L.E. Power” rolled over the credits?
Originally, though, that was not the end of the film. In fact the film moved on from there into an alternate ending which put a meta bow on it all. And, wouldn’t you know it? That ending is on YouTube. Check it out below. Read More »
I’m sure someone else has thought of setting a 1960’s style heist story in the ’60s of the future — the 2260s, say — but I’m not sure anyone has done it with this much raw style. What we’ve got here is the sizzle reel for a proposed TV show called Slingers, the pilot for which hopes to shoot next year. Sean Pertwee stars, Mike Sizemore writes and Steve Barron directs. I want to see this. Now. Check the reel after the break. Read More »
Yes, the Kevin Eastman report was inaccurate, but it appears there was some truth behind the rumors after all. TMNT co-creator Peter Laird confirmed to MTV that he has had “several meetings with very interested people” for a live-action / hybrid Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.
Like Alvin and the Chipmunks or Scooby-Doo, the idea of a hybrid movie is to shoot the film with live action humans on practical locations. Computer Animated Ninja Turtles (and possibly cg villains as well) would be inserted into the shots. I actually think CG turtles could allow for some really crazy action sequences. The two major problems I had with the computer animated film was that it was geared towards young children and that the story was so fantastical and unrealistic. Sticking the computer animated turtles in the real world seen in the first lie action film might be just what is needed.
When asked about the rumor that Steve Barron, the filmmaker who directed the first Ninja Turtle film, would return to the franchise, Laird said “I would be very pleased if he ended up directing the next TMNT movie.” Lets hope this doesn’t happen. I think the project needs someone with a new vision.
The story is in the very early stages, and Laird admits that they haven’t even nailed down a villain yet: “It would be fun to do something with the Shredder, but I am also excited about the possibility of creating some new characters for the movie.”
A couple months ago, mention of a live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature film was posted on the Playmate toys website, only to be quickly removed hours later. Fans wrote it off as a mistake, but as it turns out – it is true. Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of the Turtle franchise posted the following on the Heavy Metal forum:
“Yes, it is true. Although the CGI film did well enough to warrant a sequel, there has been much talk between Imagi and Warners to do a better “re-invention” (newest Hollywood buzzword) of the TMNT’s, in a live action film–like what was done with Batman. Back to basics, back to the origin and the intro of the Shredder, etc…there have been talks, trips to Northampton to talk to Mr Laird, and discussions with the original “first” TMNT film director Steve Barron to come back and do it right–but no official word yet…will keep you posted.”
I think a darker reinvention could be cool, especially if they went back to the original Eastman/Laird comics as inspiration (red masks and all). Although, I’m sure they would take a more kid friendly approach as they did with the computer animated film. But in this post-Dark Knight world, who knows what might be possible.
But what’s the point of having the same director come back and basically remake the earlier film? I always found the action and cinematograph of the original film lacking, and hope they find someone better than Steve Barron, who could “do it right” as Eastman says. Barron, who directed the original Turtles film (the best of the series) and Coneheads, is also responsible for some of the great music videos of the 1980’s: Take on Me and Billie Jean. Barron has recently been reduced to directing television movies you’ve never even heard of.
Also, I wonder if Vanilla Ice will be brought back to do an updated version of the Ninja Rap.
Discuss: Who should direct the live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?