About a week ago, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman stated the possibility of a new live action movie that would reboot the franchise on the big screen, despite TMNT‘s success. Just a few days later, current comic book writer Stephen Murphy called the story complete bull (more on that here). Now Peter Laird, the other co-creator chimes in to say that yes a new film is in the works, yes it’d be cool if Steve Barron, the first film’s director, came back and yes it will be live action, sort of.
The turtles themselves, and some of the villains (hopefully not Shredder) will be computer generated in the proposed film, while the locations and human characters will be real. Kind of like Garfield, or Scooby-Doo, get it? So there you have it, sound like it could potentially be awesome to me. Everyone’s favorite pizza-loving turtles deserve a comeback!
In case you didn’t know, a second sequel to the 1981 cult animated film Heavy Metal is in the works. Like the first two films, it will be a collection of short segments from various directors, including David Fincher (Zodiac). Now, Heavy Metal magazine owner Kevin Eastman says directors Zack Snyder (300), Gore Verbinski (the Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy) and Guillermo Del Toro (the Hellboy films) are all interested in joining the project. Befor you write this off as fact however, keep in mind that this is the same guy who said the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would go live-action again, which turned out to be false (more on that here). The new Heavy Metal is planned for 2010
Scaly Update: TMNT comic book writer Stephen Murphy says the story is complete bull on his blog.
Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book with Peter Laird, has revealed the pizza-loving reptiles may go live action once again in a franchise reboot. Also, he wants to bring back the first movie’s director, Steve Barron.
Yes, it is true. Although the CGI film did well enough to warrant 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.
I used to love the Turtles when I was younger, so hell yeah! The previous big screen series includes four films, including three live-action flicks from the early nineties and an animated sequel titled TMNT in 2007. I need to rewatch this stuff.