New Live-Action TMNT Movie Has a Writer - John Fusco
I hope everyone is a big TMNT fan, because we're going to be covering the hell out of this new live-action movie. The official TMNT25.com website has posted an article with details about their appearances at the San Diego Comic-Con. Their keynote presentation is a special TMNT panel on Friday, July 24th featuring a lot of big names - creator Kevin Eastman, Mirage Studios CEO Gary Richardson, director of the original TMNT movies Steve Barron, and producers Galen Walker and Scott Mednick. Listed last is John Fusco, whose title is "writer of the new TMNT movie (slated for 2011)." Looks like they finally have a writer!
Fusco's past credits include Young Guns, Thunderheart, Hidalgo, and The Forbidden Kingdom recently. That last one makes me shudder. It seems he's involved probably for his knowledge of martial arts and its mythology, like Bushido, as he's writing The Seven Samurai remake as well (and that's him above). And all TMNT fans know that the Turtles were trained in the art of ninjutsu by their master Splinter. No word on the director, but I'm a bit curious as to why Steve Barron, who directed the first live-action movie (but none of the sequels), is on the panel. Could he be announcing that he's directing this, too? We can only hope!