Well we kind of knew that there was some substance to the previous rumours of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, but now finally it is official: a brand new live action TMNT movie has been announced and is currently aiming for a 2011 release. According to Variety, the movie will be produced by The Mirage Group with funding from Lightbox Productions, and will focus “on the origins of the iconic crime fighters”. I can already see the posters now… “Cowabunga Begins”.
The announcement comes as part of the 25th Anniversary Shell-ebration for the Turtles, which will involve screening the original 1990 film at the Tribeca Film Festival, and also lighting the Empire State Building “turtle green”. Here’s what has me pretty excited about this project: producer Scott Mednick (300, Superman Returns) is currently also producing Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, and apparently they are thinking about using the same face replacement technology “which would allow the turtles to be much more expressive”. With that in mind, it seems a lot more likely that they will still be able to use actors in suits for the majority of the film, as opposed to doing the turtles completely as CG characters like some had feared. I am pretty excited about the possibilities here. What do you think about a new live action TMNT movie? Who would you like to see in the director’s chair?