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New NINJA TURTLES Toon in the Works

Plus: VENOM, CAGES, DEAD OF NIGHT and more!

By Rob M. Worley     October 22, 2009
Source: Various


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New 'Ninja Turtles' Toon Part of Major Nick Acquisition! Plus: Raimi talks 'Venom' movie. Dave McKean to direct 'Cages' feature. 'Dead of Night' progress report and more! Your mom busted in and said, "What's that noise?" Mom, you're just jealous it's the Comics2Film 9.10.22!

 

 

DVR Alert! TURTLES FOREVER To Air November 21

Remember that groovy 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'  clip  that went around the web a few weeks back? The one in which the current animated Turtles met the 1980s pizza-crazy toon Teens?

Looks like the episode is set to air on Satuarday, November 21st, according to TVRage.com.

Thanks to Matador for the submission.

 

 

Raimi Talks VENOM Feature

'Spider-Man' franchise director Sam Raimi told MTV Splash Page that he's unsure if or how Sony's planned 'Venom' movie would link to the character who appeared in 'Spider-Man 3'.

"It hasn't come up to me," Raimi said, indicating he's not directly involved with the film.

"I think that the studio is just letting me work with the writers and trying to make the best stories possible for this universe," Raimi continued, referring to the 'Spider-Man' films as. "I don't know whether 'Venom' is a separate universe or not."

 

 

McKean to direct CAGES Movie

Way back in 1990, 'Sandman' cover artist Dave McKean wrote and illustrated an engrossing comics mini-series called 'Cages' for Kevin Eastman's art house comics shingle Tundra Publishing. The 10-issue limited series took about six years to complete, eventually closing out with Kitchen Sink Press.

The award-winning book is hard to summarize as it focused on a variety of people living in an apartment complex and their different intersecting stories. It stands as a much-loved example of comics as a means of artistic expression beyond the popular genres that are often represented.

Since then McKean has continued to grow as an artist and branched out into filmmaking as well. He's expanded his multimedia approach to digital motion pictures and directed two movies that capture his unique style: the obscure 2002 movie 'N[eon]' and the Henson Company fantasy pic 'Mirrormask' (which was scripted by his 'Sandman' collaborator Neil Gaiman).

Now, it appears a filmed version of 'Cages' may be in the work with McKean directing. McKean broke the news to his fans with a Twitter post, which went up Wednesday morning.

"Great first meeting about 'Cages' film," McKean wrote, continuing, "a long term possibility, but good to know all interested parties are on the same page."

The artist and filmmaker then followed up with some additional details. "I would be adapting + directing.I did 'Cages' 20yrs ago, think it could grow into unusual animated film."

Definitely interesting news if you're fans of McKeans work in comics and in films, as we are here at C2F.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

DEAD OF NIGHT Status Update

Platinum Studios development executive Dan Forcey updated fans of the 'Dead of Night' movie about the post-production progress of the film on the movie's production blog this week.

Right now we’re in the long, somewhat tedious portion of movie-making known (with an almost universal groan) as POST.  (And I put it that way for dramatic effect, not because I think people don’t know what “post” is.)  What that means from my perspective is that, while [director Kevin Munroe] and Paul Hirsch (our editor) lock themselves in a dark room in Burbank and go over every inch of footage of the film again and again and again, every few days myself and Gioy Demarco (our resident Dylan Dog expert) get a new cut of the movie with some scene tightened or some new shot inserted or, sometimes, with an entirely new scene that, two weeks ago, had been eliminated completely now put back in.  I have to say that not since I went to see Star Wars 27 times when I was a wee lad have I seen a movie this many times in such close proximity.

Effects shots are slowly being layered in with wires suddenly disappearing and sometimes also complete body parts disappearing.  (Part of the fun of having zombies in your film!)  In addition, every day Gioy pours through the shots coming in from our partners at Prana Studios who are doing the effects, approving them, providing notes or just generally enjoying watching the magic come together.  It’s exciting, but it’s also slightly tedious, I have to admit.  Makes me long for the days of getting thrown off balconies where you do it and it’s over and you move on to the next gag. 

This part is really about fine-tuning and tweaking all the great stuff you have to make it the best it can be.  And Kevin, probably due to his background in animation, is really shining in this part of the process.  Not that he’s becoming a “Lucas” and using technology to shape what is in his head, he’s just incredibly detail oriented and is willing to tweak and tweak and tweak until he has things exactly like he wants them.  It’s actually been amazing to watch.  I know I don’t have the patience for that sort of work.

Anyway, things are progressing nicely and the film just keeps getting better and better.  Looking forward to our next test screening to see how the audience reacts.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

Nick Frost talks TINTIN Process

SCI FI Wire talked to actor Nick Frost about his recent work as one of the Thom(p)sons in Stephen Spielberg's upcoming CG animated film 'Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn'. Frost, out promoting 'Pirate Radio' said that he considers producer Peter Jackson a co-director of the film, even though Jackson was never physically in the studio.

"They co-directed, so Peter was in the studio on iChat every day," Frost told SCI FI Wire. "So we had a laptop with Peter's face on, and he had kind of two, three cameras pointed at the action and pointed at us, too, so we could actually talk to him via some link or hookup. So it was odd. It was quite weird."

Frost was enthusiastic about working the Spielberg and Jackson. He also said he expects the film to work well for both young moviegoers and adults.

The movie is due out in 2011.

 

 

New NINJA TURTLES Toon Part of Major Nick Acquisition!

One of the biggest success stories in indie comics just got bigger.

Nickelodeon announced yesterday that it has acquired the global rights to the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' for $60 million.

The kid net, part of MTV Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. purchased the rights from The Mirage Group (which grew from the original creators of the heroes on a half-shell) and 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (who presently produce the animated TV adventures).

Plans call for an all-new CG-animated TV series featuring the teens supreme, which is slated to hit the airwaves in 2012. That's the same year a new movie will hit theaters. Some are speculating that the news trumps the announcement of a new feature film from earlier in the year. However, in all likelihood, the people involved with that film will likely continue the work they were doing with Nickelodeon and Viacom's Paramount Pictures.

The deal includes merchandising rights, which have been a never-ending cash-cow for Mirage over the years. Plans are to continue to work with Playmates Toys, makers of past TMNT action figures and such.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shares a comedic sensibility with the Nickelodeon DNA, with added layers of action and fantasy that have kept this property an evergreen favorite with multiple generations of audiences," said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group. "We are extremely happy to have the opportunity to be able to focus on this property and creatively re-introduce it to a new generation of kids."

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a property that maintains a very passionate global fan base, is rich with opportunity for a tentpole movie, and is exactly the right property for us to work together with Nickelodeon," said Adam Goodman, President, Paramount Pictures.

"Mirage has been the proud keeper of the Turtles' brand since 1984, and in 2009 we celebrated their 25th anniversary with our legions of fans," said Gary Richardson, CEO, Mirage Studios. "Nickelodeon is a powerhouse global brand, and we are confident that the company will be a wonderful steward for Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello and all the other TMNT characters and take them in all kinds of exciting and new creative directions."

What do you think, Maniacs? Is this good news for the TMNT brand? Are we looking forward to a Nick-produced CGI TV series and movie? Post your comments below...

Thanks to fft5305, gauleyboy420 and Matador for the submission.


COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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DarthDuck 10/22/2009 8:26:04 AM

I think the only bad turtles news would be no turtles news.

Looking forward to the new movie and the new show already.

savagelee 10/22/2009 8:30:26 AM

 TMNT - I was hoping for a follow-up to the recent excellent CG movie. I suspect that the Nickelodeon version will take the Turtles deeper into the "kids only" territory, and away from their gritty black and white roots.

VENOM -  I'm not a Venom fan in any way, but if Venom takes place in another "universe" than Spider-man, what's the point? Venom is a Spider-man character, and his adventures should be in the Spider-man universe. As bad as the Wolverine movie was, at least they made it an X-Men movie, right? Well, the same goes with Venom. These are Marvel characters, and I want to see them in the Marvel universe. 

littlemikey979 10/22/2009 8:59:09 AM

I'm glad the TMNT are still going, it would be cool to get to see another live action turtles flick in the theater, although it would probably be another origins story. But most likely it would be a three-picture deal and that would be something to look forward too.

After what Sony did to VENOM they shouldn't be allow to touch him ever again. Let Sam make the Venom movie Evil Dead style I say, not like he could do any more damage to the character then whats been done

animefanjared 10/22/2009 9:29:55 AM

Raimi, of course they haven't asked you about the Venom film.  You made your dislike for the character clear by the way you treated him in Spider-Man 3.  IF they make a Venom movie (and I maintain that's a big "if"), I suspect they will downplay the connection with the character that appeared in Spider-Man 3.  They won't totally pretend it didn't happen (mostly because it gets a lot of exposition out the way), but they won't be going out of their way to remind us about it, either.  Kind of like the weird half-reboot of Hulk we got a couple years ago.

Matador 10/22/2009 9:48:55 AM

It hasn't been that long since they re-booted the Hulk unless your talking about the Gumby looking Hulk on steroids. Than I agree.

Could care less about the Venom movie after SM3 the bad taste is still in my mouth. I'll just have to re-live Venom through Spiderman from the 90s cartoons.

I'm up for more TMNT and I'll welcome a reboot too as long as there's no Vanilla Ice or any wacky time warping are involved.

wallyrus 10/22/2009 11:15:18 AM

 //"I don't know whether 'Venom' is a separate universe or not."//

Well, maybe you morons should have thought about that before making the worst movie in twenty years!  Try exercising a little fore-thought and planning, geez!  

noahbody 10/22/2009 11:50:45 AM

Disagree it was not 'the worst movie in twenty years' that (comic book movie) title belongs to...

Batman & Robin!

Matador 10/22/2009 12:08:08 PM

HA! Catwoman!

goldeneyez 10/22/2009 2:29:10 PM

I'm taking a wait and see approach to Nickelodeon and TMNT.  For all the folks crying foul and saying they'll scew the franchise more toward kids.  Recently Nickelodeon has done really well with another "kid" cartoon that scewed adult, Avatar: The Last Airbender which was pretty damn sweeet.  If they can breath that type of sensibility into the Turtles, I don't think there's that much to worry about.

AFWICK14 10/22/2009 3:25:57 PM

I think Venom not having a tie to Spiderman 3 is about as great of an idea as the Catwomen movie not being connected to the Batman flicks, then again Electra was not a Oscar winnin film either, but I do think there should be at least some ties

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