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Liebesman Circles TMNT Reboot

Jonathan Liebesman eyes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles gig.

By Jarrod Sarafin     February 15, 2012
Source: Variety

It seems that Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes may have found the director they want to reboot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into theaters. Variety reports that Jonathan Liebesman---helmer of the upcoming sequel Wrath of the Titans---has entered talks to lead the classic characters back into the spotlight for Paramount and their co-producer Nickelodeon.

The news comes eight months after Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec were brought on board for some rewrites. The writing team of Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) had originally been charged with the penning duties back in 2010 when Platinum Dunes acquired the rights. Dunes' Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are producing.

Based on the comic characters created by  Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, this adventure would mark the fifth big screen outing for the sewer-dwelling heroes Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael as well as their master Splinter, Laird has said that the film will remain true to the spirit of the original comic books. He also added that the film may employ face replacement technology, which would allow the turtles to be much more expressive.



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violator14 2/15/2012 9:33:40 AM

If this film was coming out this year, it would be MY most anticipated film of the year. Yezzirr......

decepticons2 2/15/2012 9:48:54 AM

Face replacement? Won't it just be men in green suits cgid in later. I also thought laird and eastmen had completly sold the whole franchise to Nickolodeon? Considering I have seen every movie since like 10 years old i will probably make my wife go again.

I would rather see an HBO tv series though then another PG movie. I still have the original B W plus the archie ones from when I was a kid, somewhere. Shh don't judge :)


BunyonSnipe 2/15/2012 2:01:55 PM

Yeah I want to see the gritty early mirage comics version, and for god's sake no multi coloured Bandanas...

Keep them all BLOOD RED!

OmegaDean 2/15/2012 2:46:10 PM

Do any you guys remember Radioactive Black Hamsters... it was the fore runner to the Turtles


Mossy1221 2/15/2012 2:55:07 PM

 I do not care if my wife wanted to go. I would be there no matter what.


Omegadead, I remember them. And Cold Blooded Chamelion Cammandos and Pre Teen Dirty Gene Kung-Fu Kangaroos. 

keithdaniel 2/15/2012 3:41:16 PM


AtomykRayj 2/15/2012 4:02:32 PM

I would watch this. I loved both of the animated series and the DVD movie where they all met.

I don't remember any of those things but I remember Samurai Pizza Cats... barely.

ddiaz28 2/15/2012 4:22:51 PM

Regarding the comment about the face replacement ... I assume the actors will be wearing suits like the original films but they will replace the faces with cg faces.  Kinda like what they did to ET when it was released on dvd.  I'm all for that.  I don't want to see fully cg characters.  This will be a good way to handle it.  It's cheaper and will look more realistic in the end.

Duckbeaver 2/15/2012 6:17:34 PM

Gotta say I'm looking forward to a grittier Turtle movie.  I'd be okay with the CGI faces as long as they're not distracting from the real-life actions/settings/etc.  I've actually been getting into the new IDW comic book series.  It's like an "Ultimate Marvel" version of the Turtles, incorporating characters in different ways (April is an intern who was at the lab where Splinter and the turtles were experimented on, mutagen was created by Baxter Stockman for a biowarfare campaign being led by General Krang, Raphael was apparently separated from the others in the sewers and mutates/survives on his own).  It's pretty interesting.

Also, you guys hear about the voice cast for the new Nickelodeon Turtle show: Mae Whitman (Roxy from Scott Pilgrim) as April, Jason Biggs (Jim from American Pie) as Leo, Sean Astin (Sam from LOTR) as Raph, Greg Cipes (Beast Boy from Teen Titans) as Mikey and Rob Paulsen (the original 1987 Raphael) as Donatello?!

I know this may be old news, but still...that last voice casting is gonna throw my mind off-balance ;)  

BunyonSnipe 2/16/2012 12:38:02 AM

No... Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters came AFTER TMNT!
It was the first parody...

Oh hang on I feel stupid now...

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