Live-Action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Coming in 2011!
by Alex Billington
April 22, 2009
In honor of tomorrow, April 23rd, being the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics, The Mirage Group (which currently owns the property) has announced (via Variety) that they are officially making another new live-action TMNT movie. We've ran rumors about this previously, but this is the first time we've heard any official confirmation. Legendary Pictures former chief marketing officer Scott Mednick is producing the project alongside Galen Walker, who produced the 2007 animated TMNT movie. The project will be a reboot focusing on the origins of the turtles, and is currently slated for 2011.
One of the original creators, Peter Laird, said the movie will remain true to the spirit of the original comic books. "The original comics created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman are some of the best source material one could hope for," said Mednick, who also executive produced the upcoming Where the Wild Things Are. While we at one time reported that this might be a CGI hybrid movie, Variety says that they'll use "face replacement technology," which will allow the turtles to be much more expressive. It sounds like they definitely won't be dusting off the old rubber suits, which is a bit unfortunate for fans like myself.
Other festivities occurring tomorrow in New York City in celebration of their 25th anniversary include turning the entire Empire State Building green for the day, full-scale recreations of various set pieces from the original movie, and a free outdoor Drive-In screening of the original 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie as part of the Tribeca Film Festival (more info here). There's not much other news that has been revealed regarding the project, like what studio will develop it, who is working on a screenplay, or any other information. However, you can be sure we'll let you know the moment we know more about it!