I am totally stoked about this next bit of news. A while back there was a wild and crazy rumour floating around that another live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie might be in development. It came from the official Playmates TMNT website, but they quickly changed the text to hide any mention of the movie being live action, instead just saying that another TMNT movie was on the way.
But now TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman has confirmed the news himself, via the Heavy Metal Forums:
“Yes, it is true. Although the CGI film did well enough to warrent [sic] 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, 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”
The original 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is still a favourite of mine, and I think it holds up well even today. I would love to see them go back to the Jim Henson suits and make the story a little more mature. I’m not sure that the original film’s director needs to be involved though — he already had his shot. I’d much rather see another high profile director take this movie and make it his own. The one thing that seems weird is that Imagi would still be involved, since they are an animation studio. Please don’t tell me they’re making it live action with full CG Turtles… come on, that would be terrible! As long as they stay away from that idea, I’m really looking forward to it. What do you think, will this actually happen or is it just a lot of talk?