'Iron Man' Writers to Pen New 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

August 20, 2010
Source: Deadline

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Since Iron Man kicked off the eagerly anticipated superhero ensemble The Avengers, some serious credit is due to screenwriters Art Marcum & Matt Holloway for giving Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau a hell of a script to work with. Though their talents might have been desperately missed in the less polished Iron Man 2, it looks like the writing team will get their chance to tackle yet another franchise. Deadline reports Marcum and Holloway have been hired (with a paycheck of around $1 million) to write the new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the same project which apparently has a crappy script by John Fusco.

Paramount is teaming with Platinum Dunes on the project, which is being fast-tracked like no other. The studio wants a first draft by October (which isn't even two months away) so they have something to send to directors in order to prepare for a 2012 release. Paramount is looking to get another Transformers scale franchise on its hands after Viacom's Nickelodeon picked up the property rights to TMNT for $60 million. Although the original TMNT films started strong, they eventually became less gritty, more cartoonish and even had time travel. The recent animated venture had its moments, but somehow just didn't click. I'd love to see a return to form for the warrior reptiles, so I hope Marcum and Holloway do them justice. Excited?

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Dide1 on Aug 20, 2010


Keep it PG13 but sort of half-hard and I'll watch it. If they use the Where The Wild Things Are technique with costumes and CG enchantments it could be cool.

ryderup on Aug 20, 2010



Shelby on Aug 20, 2010


Bring it on!

John on Aug 20, 2010


I'm with "ryderup". Make the movie damn near rated R, like the 1990 movie was and reinstate that live-action authenticity. I'd be the FIRST in line with my 3D shades..

Big Boss on Aug 20, 2010


I wouldn't even mind an R rating but one can dream, eh? Yeah, a good PG-13 rating would be fine. I'd like to see the reptiles back and in a more violent, less comedic, action packed tone. Could be great if time is taken.

judasbarron on Aug 20, 2010


I wouldn't go so far to say they gave Favreau "a hell of a script to work with." Much of the script was rewritten on set, and the humor was mostly RDJ and Favreau's doing. So while they could find much worse writers to pen this movie, I don't think this means Ninja Turtles is safe from sucking.

germs on Aug 20, 2010


They are talented writers though. I've read a few of their other scripts and they can certainly spin a good yarn. Plus, Platinum Dunes don't skimp when it comes to glossy productions. All that Michael Bay/Transformers box office cash goes a long way. This could turn out really good. As long as they keep the cheese factor to a minimum.

tEDDY bESS on Aug 20, 2010


^^ And, frankly, Iron Man 2 was a buncha crap

Voice of Reason on Aug 20, 2010


I hope they take right from the original cartoon. This should be a complete reboot and include Demension X and Krang along with Shredder and the Foot Clan.

Tizodd on Aug 20, 2010


That's good news and bad news. The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1990 was executed perfectly. I agree with Ethan, it was gritty and real whereas the two following turned live action cartoon. A script in 2 months. I don't care how good these guys can be. If it isn't polished, it isn't worth it.

Quad on Aug 20, 2010



jay on Aug 20, 2010


I can't wait! "Look, it's Raph!....yeah, a little TOO Raph"

Cmurder on Aug 20, 2010


Oh, and also they need to insert a Vanilla Ice cameo! haha!

Cmurder on Aug 20, 2010


it all comes down to Cast, cast, cast. @Cmurder there has to be!

Xerxex on Aug 20, 2010


Just get it done i hope they do it

mike on Aug 20, 2010


Gimme 3!! I'm down, if they do it right. "You take the ugly one. You take the ugly one. I'll take the ugly one! Which one's the ugly one!?"

Brian on Aug 20, 2010


YEAH BABY! It should be "turtley" righteous bros.

lamar on Aug 20, 2010


OK my last comment was a little lame.

lamar on Aug 20, 2010


This is something that would make me so excited! I love TMNT! I would love to see this, I hope it's a go!

OST on Aug 20, 2010


I'm more excited about April

Oliver on Aug 20, 2010


I'm still intrigued, make it as close to R as you can get without being rated R and then release a directors cut DVD later.

Chase on Aug 23, 2010

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