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TMNT To Go Live Action Again
That’s according to the Turtles’ creator

03 September 2008  |  Written by Glen Ferris  |  Source: HeavyMetal.com

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If you’re still a fan of the heroes in a half-shell who briefly took over the world in the mid-Eighties, you might be interested to know that their creator Kevin Eastman is in talks for another live-action movie based on their unlikely exploits.

Following last year’s all-CGI TMNT and a clutch of movies and animated series, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may indeed be back in real-life if Eastman is to be believed.

“Yes, it is true,” he said from a post on HeavyMetal.com. “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’ of the TMNTs, in a live action film–like what was done with Batman.

“Back to basics, back to the origin and the intro of the Shredder. 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.”

We have to say that the idea of Donatello, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Leonardo going back to basics and adopting the darker tone of their original comic books sounds like a good idea to us. Far from kid friendly, their initial adventures were bloody and broody affairs and we’d personally love to see this done on the big screen. We’ll keep you posted as further details are revealed.

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Heroes In A Half Shell?
Turtle power!!! For me as a kid the first film was pretty dark, darker than the tv show anyway. So to see a TMNT film that's akin to the style of the new Batman would be awesome. But they should forget about today's kids and make it at least 15 rated. Blood and gore all the way, please. More

Posted by andycg2 at 01:14 on 06 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: lol
hmm not sure if this is a good idea.  I really rated the CGI film and would like to see another.  Thought it hit the tone about right, it was definatly kid friendly, but had loads of good more adult themed stuff in it.  Such as the resentment between Raph and Leo, that scene when it come right down to it and Raph pauses and realises why he'll never be a leader like Leo was awesome!  As was the opening Jungle set piece, and the mystery vigilante scences.  Plus, it was a More

Posted by Invader_Ace at 19:04 on 05 September 2008 | Report This Post

lol
Hah this makes me laugh, i love the way everyones actually considering that they could make a dark TMHT Film, how the hell can u take it seriously? At least Batman has half a chance of being realistic. Unlike a bunch of turtles who know kung fu and whos master is a talking rat! Yeah sure bet this will be an awesome film More

Posted by ryangiles01 at 17:13 on 04 September 2008 | Report This Post

HUGE fan of the OG comics, this is very good news. I'd like other directors to be considered though. More

Posted by Swoz_MK at 23:39 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

ah man, this could be so good if they stick to the original comics - seeing as the trend at the mo is making movies more darker, this could be a great thing for the turtles! Please, no Krang though...... we don't want another "batman and robin" on our hands. Kv More

Posted by Kev@CTU at 23:10 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

TMNT : BEGINS
The one reason I have faith in this is because Warners has this in their hands and with V for Vendetta/Batman/Superman/300/Watchmen it seems they are starting to treat their properties well and wiv Supermax/green Lantern/Masters Of The Universe getting great script reviews I think Warners have a winner on here. Why Steve Baron? why not someone else David Fincher lol imagine thatGore Verbinski? Zack Shyder? but they should get someone who understands the comics, grew up with it and loves it. If d More

Posted by thegodfathers at 23:10 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

re: blah, blah blah etc etcr yaddy yaddy yah.
Well I remember the original comic and the cartoon and the movies - and to be fair the comic was the only one that stood up. My brother had the original RPG and it was a corker. Bottom line though was that the Ninja turtles were darker more serious and broody, that was the whole point. And I thought that the cartoon - and to a lesser degree the movies - sucked! We're talking about a group of 4 teenage Ninjas wandering round with a range of sharp and/or blunt instruments. This film wouldn't More

Posted by jon.allen47 at 22:34 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

re: blah, blah blah etc etcr yaddy yaddy yah.
Well I remember the original comic and the cartoon and the movies - and to be fair the comic was the only one that stood up. My brother had the original RPG and it was a corker. Bottom line though was that the Ninja turtles were darker more serious and broody, that was the whole point. And I thought that the cartoon - and to a lesser degree the movies - sucked! We're talking about a group of 4 teenage Ninjas wandering round with a range of sharp and/or blunt instruments. This film wouldn't More

Posted by jon.allen47 at 22:33 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Something for the kids?
L: RevolloveR I think the kids get plenty to see in the cinemas! sp; do you? I don't! I think thier are very few really good kids films that cater for both adults and children! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 22:03 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

"Babies! Dey are babies!! Grraagghhlllrrgggg!!"
I'll add my vote for Rocksteady and Bebop too - Tokah and Razah indeed - why a 'wolf' and a 'scavenger turtle' were seen to be a much more realistic choice for readily available animals, I'll never know. We all know from watching Madagasgar that you can find a whole assortment of bizzare creatures, such as psycho penguins and sassy afro-american hippo's, right in the heart of Manhattan (and that's not counting the human population). I also think they should use the 'ooze' creation scenario from More

Posted by christofurr at 20:05 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Ice Ice Baby!
So long as Vanilla Ice is on the soundtrack again, I'm on board. I saw the original ones in the cinema as a kid, and loved them. Mmmm... Radioactive ooze! More

Posted by Barry at 15:59 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Aw, shit...
Ok, just for the record, I loved the first live action TMNT. It's corny comedy, great action, and memorable dialogue ("A Jose Canseco bat? Tell me...you didn't pay money for this") is a true staple of the nineties and something that should not be even attempted to be remade. All the other sequels can go to hell in a handbasket. The CGI, however, should be viewed as the true sequel to the first part, both in story and spirit. And no matter how much you can do with live action speci More

Posted by chewynewyork at 15:30 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Hmmm....
All this rebooting and reviving. Next they will be wanting to do a reboot of Spider-Man especially after the third one. More

Posted by Noelg25 at 15:17 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Blah Blah Blah...
L: Tech_Noir Should be interesting. TMNT did some amazing stuff with the CG Turtles. Ralp and Leo's fight in the rain looked so real. I still think they should have the sci-fi element with Krang and co (just because I grew up with the cartoon). lthough it'll probably be more real-world orientated like the first live-action movie. sp; Yessssss!  Just to see Rocksteady and Be-Bop! More

Posted by Vito_Andolini at 14:42 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Blah Blah Blah...
Should be interesting. TMNT did some amazing stuff with the CG Turtles. Ralp and Leo's fight in the rain looked so real.   I still think they should have the sci-fi element with Krang and co (just because I grew up with the cartoon). p; Although it'll probably be more real-world orientated like the first live-action movie. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 14:30 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Blah Blah Blah...
It's seems every day that we are getting news items about franchises that don't need to be redone BEING redone darker, more mature. Also, the time lapse between the old version and new version is getting shorter. In Tommorow's News: 'Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea' to receive 'much-needed reboot' in order to appeal to post-Bourne audience. Script, naturally, to be 'tweaked' by Jonathan Nolan and/or Paul Haggis, and directed by 'which ever young director fresh out of film school can put up some gr More

Posted by Nicky C at 13:54 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Something for the kids?
I think the kids get plenty to see in the cinemas! More

Posted by RevolloveR at 13:18 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Am I The Only Person....
....to say why?! More

Posted by AquaDragon2K at 12:32 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Ah, Kevin Eastman is the king of talking shit. He's the victim of his own ego. Whenever a studio is entertaining an idea of his he always makes out like it's halfway through production. Besides the guy doesn't even have a stake in the TMNT business anymore as Peter laird completely bought him out at the start of the year. More

Posted by dunkah at 11:51 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Still, it's about big fighting turtles. More

Posted by wooz at 11:10 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

why does everything have to be dark ???!!!
I understand the original comics were a bit darker but c'mon its about 4 ninja turtles??? I thought the CGI movie was excellent and something I could enjoy with my 7 year old son, why can we not having something again along those lines??? are we going to have anything for the kids to enjoy at all??? (sorry I'm winging, long morning, no caffiene!!) More

Posted by waltham1979 at 10:31 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

It makes perfect sense....
...to make it darker and more 'bloody and broody' as those of us who loved the Turtles in the 80's/90's are well into our 20's now and would love to see this done I'm sure?! Hopefully Shredder will be in it...?!! More

Posted by Seamie at 10:13 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: This will be good!
Come on producers, get Keanu Reeves to voice Michaelangelo.   As someone said above, TMNT wasn't terrible by any means but it just seemed to be lacking something.  There wouldn't have to be many changes to have made it a Power Rangers movie for instance... More

Posted by Vito_Andolini at 10:01 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

This will be good!
I'd love to see a Turtles movie which is truly faithful to the original comic book. The three Turtles movies which came out at the beginning of the 90s were terrible because they tried make it like the kids cartoon show. The original comic book was toughter, darker , more violent and more mature. This is one of the few remakes/reinventions which I think is worthy of being made. I'm now looking forward to a Turtles movie the way it always should have been made. More

Posted by mlavagna at 09:25 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Naawww...but I loved the recent CG film! I suppose a live-action one would be okay I guess, but I'd rather have a sequel to the animation. More

Posted by Beat Royale at 08:57 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Brilliant, The last one wasnt brilliant but had some good moments (The smoke bomb trick was funny as hell) I would like to see one done a little less kid friendly. More

Posted by sleepwalker at 08:56 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

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