Paramount Delays 'Ninja Turtles' Yet Again, This Time for Toy Strategy
by Ethan Anderton
August 15, 2013
After a delay in 2012 caused by seemingly necessary budget cuts, the Michael Bay produced iteration of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was pushed back from a Christmas 2013 release date until May of 2014. Then later the date was shifted again by a month back to June 6th, 2014. Well, the third time is the charm as Deadline reports Paramount Pictures is pushing back the Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes production back two more months for release on August 8th. This time the reason cited is to allow Transformers 4 to enjoy more time as the prominent merchandising and advertising giant for a couple of months before they do battle with themselves on toy shelves when TMNT releases a bit later. More below!
However, this new release shift puts Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in theaters just a week before Marvel releases Guardians of the Galaxy. And while that cosmic superhero ensemble is untested with audiences and has a much smaller built-in audience, the Marvel brand will still get butts in the seats and kids interested in the action figures. And if the footage shown at Comic-Con is any indicator, Marvel and Disney have another hit on their hands, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles might not be able to shake a bo staff at their competition. Only time will tell.
Reader Feedback - 5 Comments
I wanted Ninja Turtles.... but im so much more excited for Guardians. So whatever is what i guess im saying.......... as long as Marvel pulls through like you said Ethan
Sky on Aug 15, 2013
Just a note: Guardians of the Galaxy is set to open on August 1st, while Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles is set to open on August 8th...meaning that film is opening a week AFTER Guardians, not before.
Chris Groves on Aug 15, 2013
Well the longer we have to wait on a m bay film the better!
Jimmy Love on Aug 15, 2013
He's just producing
Linkfx on Aug 16, 2013
Really! no way I did not know this...(rolls eyes) it's still a mbay flick!
Jimmy Love on Aug 17, 2013
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