It's Official - More Live-Action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
by Alex Billington
September 2, 2008
Back in July, just before the arrival of The Dark Knight, we posted a very far-fetched rumor stating that the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie would be live-action. It came from a quote on the website of Playmate Toys, which was quickly changed after the original report. Until today, we haven't heard anything since that rumor, and speculated that it might have just been a mistake. But alas, it's been confirmed, by none other than TMNT creator Kevin Eastman. Via the Heavy Metal Forums, Eastman writes that "it is true" and that Imagi is trying to do a "re-invention" or reboot rather than a sequel. Good idea? I'm not entirely sure yet, but I do know that I am getting a bit tired of reboots and remakes…
Eastman explains on the forums that it is indeed true that they're developing a live-action Turtles movie, but it's only an idea right now, and they're working out the early details. Here's his full post:
"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."
To counter what I said earlier about getting tired of reboots, I'll make an exception for the Turtles because I'm such a huge fan. Well, I'm a fan of the original live-action movies and TV series and all of that, back when I was a kid, but I still love them even today. It could be called a guilty pleasure, but I think most of my friends love them, too. I mean, come on, those movies were awesome, weren't they?! Both Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1990 and Secret of the Ooze in 1991 were classics! Or maybe my inner child is getting the best of me. The question to ask now is whether a reboot will really result in a return that will live up to those original movies from the early 90's or whether it will be a ridiculous self-indulgent mess?
Hollywood is now completely wrapped up in the success of The Dark Knight and rebooting every franchise they can, not only because they have safety in knowing that fans are already familiar with it, but because they can put a new spin on it and potentially create another hit. This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is getting a bit overloaded though, considering we had three live-action movies that told their own story, then we had a the animated TMNT movie last year, which told another separate story. Thankfully creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird are quite involved in this reboot, which is a great start. Let's just hope they find a director as good, too. Who else is excited to see the Turtles return?