'Iron Man' Writers to Pen New '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?