TMNT Creator Peter Laird Says They'll Use Full Turtle Suits
Last night it was officially announced by The Mirage Group that another new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action movie was in development for 2011. The details they revealed at time were that it would be a reboot focusing on their origins and that it might use some "face replacement technology." Being a fan of the original rubber suit live-action movies, and a believer that nothing else can compare to how great those suits looked, I'm worried that we're going to see an Alvin and the Chipmunks-like half-CGI TMNT movie this time, which I certainly do not want. However, TMNT co-creator Peter Laird says otherwise.
Over on his official blog, Laird wrote up an entry about the live-action news and at the end, commented on the hybrid aspect of it. The word "hybrid" was previously thrown around in an article we wrote last year.
"So here we go -- another live action film! As you may recall from some of my previous comments, our initial discussions regarding the next film had to do with what we were calling a 'hybrid' -- live action with realistic Turtles rendered in CGI and blended in. This new idea -- which, frankly, I am VERY pumped about -- will have actors and stunt performers in full Turtle suits for filming in live action. As of right now, there is talk of using CGI to do 'face replacement' for the suits so that we can get those great, expressive faces possible with CGI."
What we can't forget about the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was that it was actually an independent film, with a budget of only $13.5 million. Those costumes they came up with were a result of what worked well and what was cheap, not what would be the easiest way to attract kids to theaters. Thankfully it all worked out in the end and the suits kicked ass, but I'm worried that this may be a big Hollywood production and they'll lose that creative edge that forced them to make a great movie the first time around. Hopefully with Peter Laird working on this, he won't let them do anything too cheesy.