So, what exactly IS going on with those Ninja Turtles?

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!

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Turtles to be Teenage Mutant Ninjas again on the big screen?

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.

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Kristen Bell joins Astro Boy voice cast

28 year old Kristen Bell (NBC’s Heroes) has just been added to the voice cast of the forthcoming animated movie Astro Boy. Bell, who for some reason passes as every fanboy’s favorite twenty-something actress, thus joins Freddie Highmore (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Nicolas Cage (Bangkok Dangerous), Bill Nighy (Pirates Of The Caribbean 2 & 3), Donald Sutherland (Fool’s Gold), Eugene Levy (the American Pie films) and Nathan Lane (Swing Vote), among others.

The long-gestating movie is of course based on the manga by legendary artist/animator/doctor Osamu Tezuka (Metropolis), and is directed by David Bowers (Flushed Away) through Imagi Animation (TMNT). The story, adapted by Timothy Harris (Space Jam), goes like this according to Wikipedia:

Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man’s expectations, Astro Boy embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him.

Astro Boy is expected to release in 2009, but a date has yet to be set.

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