Rumor: Return of the Live Action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?!
by Alex Billington
July 16, 2008
I will gladly admit that I am an enormous fan of the original two live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies from 1990 and 1991 respectively. My childhood revolved around playing with Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Raphael action figures and pretending April O'Neil was my girlfriend (I'm not ashamed to admit it)! Alas, when the TMNT animated movie came out last year, I was one of the first in line to see it in theaters. Although I enjoyed it, it didn't live up to my childhood memories. Now an interesting rumor has popped up, via SlashFilm, that a live-action film is in the works due to the success of that film. I didn't think it did that well (it made $54 million at the box office), but apparently Mirage is already working on a live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie for 2010.
The rumor originates from a fairly legitimate place. The Playmate Toys website has added an update that mentions that they're working on a new TMNT movie for 2010. The quote on SlashFilm actually listed them saying "Mirage Licensing and Imagi Studios have begun work on a new live-action TMNT film for 2010." However, if you go to the website now, it only says "Mirage Licensing is in negotiation with several companies about a new TMNT movie for release in 2010." Obviously they changed this when news began to spread, but I have a good feeling that they want to try and get a live-action movie made. The last one, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time from 1993, was a piss poor excuse of sequel, but I think the "mild" success of TMNT showed them that there still are plenty of Turtles fans (like myself) out there!
Given Turtles in Time was an awful movie and TMNT was great, maybe they've found the right producers to make sure that a fourth one would turn out awesome. Just look at Terminator Salvation, that actually looks pretty damn good for a franchise that came back from the dead and is currently working on its fourth. I think I'm just excited for this because I'm such a huge Turtles fan and could watch any of the first two, especially Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, at any minute during any day of the damn week. I really don't know if it will turn out any good, especially considering I'm no longer an 8-year-old kid, but who knows? For the sake of discussion - what is your favorite TMNT character: Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, or Raphael?