So That Live-Action TMNT Movie is Actually Hybrid?
I'm not sure whether it's the Toronto Film Fest or something else, but there have been way too many rumors popping up in the last few weeks, some of which turn out true, others false. We've milked the Ghostbusters news already, so now we've got to turn our attention to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. One week ago we posted an article where one of the TMNT creators had said that there has been talk about a live-action film, confirming early rumors. Unfortunately this scoop turned out to be completely fake. Thankfully MTV called up the other creator, Peter Laird, and sorted out this mess. Much to our delight, he does actually confirm they're doing another Turtles movie - but it'll be a hybrid instead.
The guys at MTV put together a very comprehensive interview with Laird in order to make sure every little question about this film would be answered for the time being. He confirms that Eastman's "blurb he put on his website was very inaccurate" but adds that "I can confirm that we have had several meetings with very interested people, and I think we are pretty close to making a deal." Considering I'm a big Turtles fan, I'm always anxious to hear about every little detail, especially if it pertains to a live-action movie. Laird also went on to talk about how this next film might not exactly be live-action, but a hybrid instead.
"As it stands now, there is no intention of doing another live-action film like the first three, with actors and stuntmen in actual Turtle suits, contrary to what was said by Kevin. We have pretty much decided that the next TMNT movie should be what we've been calling a 'hybrid' — that is to say, live-action humans and sets combined with very realistic CGI Turtles (and possibly some other CGI characters)."
This update actually makes me a bit concerned. I was excited to see the return of the rubber suits because I love all of those original movies so much (even still today). But as far as I know, I've never seen a successful or entertaining "hybrid" movie. What exactly would this look like anyway? Sadly I'm already guessing that they're going to go down the Alvin and Chipmunks route, which actually pisses me off. When the live-action news hit last week, it seemed that all of the fans were hoping they'd go back to the roots of the comic (where all of the Turtles wore the same color) and make a slightly darker film. Obviously the studios don't realize the potential that TMNT has and are just making another kids movie. When will they ever learn?
The only other interesting news to come out of this interview (which is worth reading if you're a fan) is Laird's mention of some actors. "I think Chris Evans and Sarah Michelle Gellar did wonderful work voicing the Casey and April characters in the recent CGI TMNT movie, and I think it would be really cool if we could get them to reprise those roles, but this time 'in the flesh.'" I like that idea a lot, but I doubt those two would sign on to such a pithy kids movie. I really hope I'm wrong about all of this, but for some reason I doubt it. After this interview, I've got a good feeling this may end up being a TMNT version of Alvin and I really do not want to see that. Hopefully the studios realize the actual potential of TMNT!