Recently, a rumor was circulating that a brand new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie may just be on the way.
Even the chance of this is unnaturally exciting to a child of the 1980s such as myself, but the last time talks of a new movie came up, it eventually became a completely computer-animated movie — a completely computer-animated movie that I actually enjoyed a lot, but a computer-animated movie none-the-less.
Now comes word from Kevin Eastman — co-creator of the TMNT — who commented on a possible live-action movie on Phorum 5, the Heavy Metal forum.
Yes, it is true. Although the CGI film did well enough to warrent a sequel, there has been much talk between Imagi and Warners to do a better “re-invention” (newest Hollywood buzzword) of the TMNT’s, in a live action film–like what was done with Batman. Back to basics, back to the origin and the intro of the Shredder, etc…there have been talks, trips to Northampton to talk to Mr Laird [Peter Laird, who created the Turtles with Eastman], and discussions with the original “first” TMNT film director Steve Barron to come back and do it right–but no official word yet…will keep you posted. Best, Kevin
I don’t know about you kids, but this excites me to no end. I wasn’t a huge fan of the third live-action movie, so I’ve been craving me some more for what, almost 20 years? Better yet, this might actually be the darker, more bad-ass version fans have wanted for the longest time? As most people know, the comics were fairly dark and violent, so they could very easily go for a hard PG-13 rating and it would be fine because the super-fans are all in their 20’s and 30’s now. The only issue is that along the way, they’ve continued to make shows and toys for kids and continued to get new, younger fans, so who knows what they’ll do. I vote that they keep making CGI movies for the kids and these new live-action movies for the older fans. But who the hell am I?