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Deadline reports that Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld) has been cast as Master Splinter in live-action/CG reboot Ninja Turtles. I can’t wait to see what the Turles will look like with the motion capture, but this is really an interesting casting choice.
The film is set for release on June 6, 2014.
Deadline reports that the rest of the Ninja Turtles have been cast; over the weekend we told you Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) is set to play Raphael. We now know that Pete Ploszek (Parks and Recreation) will play Leonardo, Jeremy Howard (Breaking Bad) will play Donatello and Noel Fisher (Shameless) will play Michelangelo. Did we mention Megan Fox was playing April O’Neill.
Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) will be directing the film that will take a less costume approach and use motion capture technology (Avatar). Who do you think will play Shredder or Splinter?
Ninja Turtles come out of their shells June 6, 2014.
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- Insidious Chapter 2 will be hitting theaters on August 30, cast returns. [collider]
- Smurfs 2 teaser trailer and synopsis. [youtube]
- Motion poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. [comingsoon]
- The first poster for Evil Dead revealed. [image]
- Ryan Gosling in new Only God Forgives art. [image]
- George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy talk Star Wars: Episode VII. [youtube]
- Jack Reacher has two TV spots with Tom Cruise. [One, Two]
- TMNT co-creator says new film will be “Fantastic”. [nbc]
- New trailer for Epic featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, and Christoph Waltz. [youtube]
As you may have read on CoF a few weeks ago, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, still just titled Ninja Turtles, has been pushed back from a Christmas 2013 release date to May 16, 2014. You may also know how I feel about the whole thing (I defend the project here).
MTV recently spoke with Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman to talk about the film and he does a good job at selling this thing.
“From what I’ve seen, it’s easily the best ‘Turtle’ movie yet. We’re talking ‘Raid: Redemption’-style fight scenes; we’re talking about epic ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ sort of effects.”
When asked about the delay:
“A lot of people are worried we pushed the release date from December to May, but the 30th anniversary of the ‘Turtles’ is in May, so it worked out perfectly.”
Well to be fair, I think people wanted to know what was wrong with the script that production had to be shut down for so long. Also, I feel really old now. He was asked his opinion on the changes being made to his creation:
“I know that Michael [Bay] and his group really like that and that Paramount was supportive of that, so I think that it’s great. I grew up reading ‘Captain America’ and ‘The Avengers’ and all that stuff, and over the course of the comic book history, since ‘Avengers’ has been around, how many times has it been reinvented, reformatted, restructured, replatformed?”
So there you have it, we get some Ninja Turtles in…2 years. It would have been nice to have a holiday release with the winter season taking place in the film. The Turtles could walk around in Gore-Tex jackets again [see].
Will this be enough to offset the disappointment that came this week when Paramount announced a major delay with the Ninja Turtles reboot? Your kids will let you know. There is a nice shot of Shredder here, who looks more ‘super’ than ever before. The 3D animated TMNT will premier this fall. What do you think?
A friend of mine was just talking to me about the Ninja Turtles reboot, we were rightfully defending it (check out: In Defense of: Michael Bay’s NINJA TURTLES). So it’s a shame that Paramount has shut down pre-production on the flick, while also pushing the release date from December 2013 to May 2014!
The Hollywood Reporter’s sources say the film has script problems, which is surprising since Kevin Eastman is one of the people working on the script and just so happens to be one of the original creators of the characters. Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) is directing the script by Eastman and Andre Nemec.
“[The studio is] temporarily laying off pre-production staff and informing those prepping the film that the work stoppage is ‘indefinite,’” say sources, who are expecting a 10-week delay.
Banner art via dawnoftheninjaturtles.
So here is what we know: Michael Bay and his team of remake artists at Platinum Dunes (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, The Hitcher, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street) are behind the upcoming reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Bay has since announced few details that have enraged many:
“When you see this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable.”
Thus, people acted accordingly:
Michael Bay then responded to the feedback on his official site with the following:
A few things have happened in the last few days concerning our beloved TMNT, one of which brings us to this story. Just a few days ago we told you the release date and now over the weekend Michael Bay was quoted talking about his company Platinum Dunes’ upcoming live-action adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
He said: “When you see this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable.”
Right away you can probably guess why fans and even casual movie-goers are upset. You’re thinking “that’s not my turtles” or “another alien movie?” You’re not alone.
Michael Bay has now responded to the feedback on his official site with the following: “Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.”
If you’re going to ask me my opinion on this, here it is: we had a dark and edgy version of TMNT in 1990 and it’s one of my favorite movies. I don’t need a remake, but it would be nice to see a true adaption of the comics I’ve heard so much about (bloody violence). I really thought for a moment some studio out there would take a chance on that, but there are not a lot of toys to be sold with something like that now is there? Yes, it’s all about money, hard to believe I know.
They are going to go a different way and I’m really not interested, so back to the dreaming board.
FYI: In the 1984 comics, the Turtles used their weapons for real (by actually stabbing people), and they kill their arch-nemesis, Shredder, in the first couple of issues. They also drank and swore.
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Not a big news item here, but anything TMNT get’s me in a right good mood. Paramount Pictures has arranged its upcoming release schedule, with dates for both Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and World War Z with Brad Pitt.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is still without a director, but it was hinted recently that Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) could get behind the camera to direct the Platinum Dunes feature. It is now said to be released December 25, 2013. Could that be a filler date? Could it be the best Christmas present of all time? Time will tell. Based on the characters created by Laird and Kevin Eastman, Laird said the film will remain true to the spirit of the original comic books. He has said the film may use face replacement technology, which would allow the turtles to be much more expressive.
Marc Forster’s World War Z has been delayed until June 21, 2013. The movie is an adaptation of the book by Max Brooks, which deals with the fallout of the zombie apocalypse.
FYI: Judith Hoag declined to reprise her role as April in the film’s sequels due to substantial edits of scenes involving her character.
Every day we in the City of Films hear that so-and-so is writing such-and-such. Here’s a rundown of recent writing news out of Hollywood.
Daredevil Reboot – It’s the reboot you have all been clamoring for and the honor will go to Fringe writer/producer Brad Caleb Kane. Fox wants to adapt the Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli “Born Again” arc (issues #227-233). As we reported back in March, David Slade (30 Days of Night) is set to direct. Here’s the wiki page concerning that story arc. [THR]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Man I’m glad to see this movie isn’t just sitting on a shelf somewhere waiting for someone to give a shit. Deadline reports that Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, the scribes behind Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, are writing the screenplay for the new live-action movie we have mentioned with delight a few times. Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes are producing the film, and prior to this screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) were set to re-write a previous draft, which with the new writers would mean their draft was not good enough perhaps? I’m glad they are being choosy with this one.
TRON 3 -Disney has hired David DiGilio, whose only previous feature film credit is the arctic dog movie Eight Below, to write the next film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, another Tron movie will be up to the success of the upcoming Tron Uprising television show which will be on Disney XD in 2012. If that show get’s a following, and there’s a good script, then they’ll most likely green light the project. [THR]
DreamWorks Supernatural Family Comedy – Tom McCarthy (Win Win, The Station Agent) is to write a movie about “a man who is able to revisit certain moments in his life through his home movies and change things.” That actually sounds fantastic to me and could be a lot of fun, the “family comedy” aspect however has me worried, that idea could bring a lot of drama and conflict if one was so inclined to write it that way. Hopefully Tom McCarthy, whose work does show a lot of heart and character will turn out as well as we can imagine. [THR]