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Jonathan Liebesman Wants Turtle Power
He's in talks for the new TMNT pic

15 February 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Jonathan Liebesman Wants Turtle Power

He’s brought the world a vengeful tooth fairy, explored Leatherface’s origins and levelled Los Angeles with an alien attack. But now Jonathan Liebesman is looking to switch gears slightly, entering talks to direct Paramount’s new, live-action take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

This reboot of the martial artist amphibian franchise has been making its way through the development sewers for a while now, and has already seen Iron Man co-writers Art Malcum and Matt Holloway and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol script team Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec bash out drafts for a plot that the studio is keeping firmly under wraps for now.

If we had to guess, though, we’d figure on the heroic foursome – Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Raphael – aided by comely reporter April O’Neil and kindly ninja master / mutant rat Splinter taking on some matter of criminal threat. Could regular menace Shredder and his Foot Clan minions once again be the big bad? Only time will tell. Also: pizza will be consumed at some point, unless there’s the chance of a product placement tie-in with Subway or somesuch food company.

We’re also hoping it could get back to the more grown-up original comic books, but we doubt the studio will want to risk a wide audience…

Should he sign on, the project will see the Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning director reunited with producers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, who are on board to oversee the film via their Platinum Dunes company.

Liebesman is about to unleash Clash sequel Wrath Of The Titans on us (it hits 30 March) and has a couple of other possible projects simmering away in development, including Greek epic Odysseus and one of several Julius Caesar movies jostling for attention.


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@King of Kafiristan
The "cultural impact of the original turtle comics"???? You kidding? There was NONE, Nada, Zero, Null. IF so many people (as you claim) know the names of the 4 Turtles, than it's ONLY because of the animated tv-show! More

Posted by Miikesmama at 08:39 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

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I'm sad to hear to this name mentioned in connection with such a storied property. When it comes to the TMNT, I think they're by far some of the finest super heroes/fictional characters ever created. I mean really, when you think of the cultural impact of the original turtle comics, its incredible. No doubt more people around the globe can name all the turtles than could name the core members of the Justice League, ETC. The pop culture significance of TMNT is staggering- up there with Sup More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 15:27 on 17 February 2012 | Report This Post

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L: shitneck Please dear god, can't you let the studio in on the worlds worst kept secret and tell them nobody gives a shit about this movie????? ow 'shitneck', what an incredibly ignorant comment. I think you'll find there is a huge audience for this movie, although whether they'll get the movie they want is another question. Personally, I'm not too fussed and I could happily live with the original movie, but will more than likely check this one out. And for those saying the Turtl More

Posted by domcruise at 15:29 on 15 February 2012 | Report This Post

It will not be animatronic ...
... it will be performance capture rendered on top of live action, of course. We'll see CG turtles in full-contact fights with other actors. They'll choreography the fights intensely and then film them, but the people playing turtles will be in mocap suits. Guaranteed. It's a natural progression from Avatar, to the recent Apes movie, to that. More

Posted by Nicky C at 13:51 on 15 February 2012 | Report This Post

sweet
this could be awesome. as long as they keep it as real actors in animatronic suits, and not CGI! More

Posted by blade32 at 13:28 on 15 February 2012 | Report This Post

sweet
this could be awesome. as long as they keep it as real actors in animatronic suits, and not CGI! More

Posted by blade32 at 13:18 on 15 February 2012 | Report This Post

sweet
this could be awesome. as long as they keep it as real actors in animatronic suits, and not CGI! More

Posted by blade32 at 13:18 on 15 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Cowabunga!
@Kayotik Ditto, I enjoyed that CG movie - especially the Leo/Raph fight. The animation might not have been so great, but it occasionally hit the sort of tone I'd like to see more of in any new movies. More

Posted by sowasred2012 at 10:59 on 15 February 2012 | Report This Post

Cowabunga!
I have been waiting for this for AGES! Cannot wait for this. Turtles rule! I hated the fully animated version. they should use some animation to enhance the characters faces a la Where the wild things are, but for the rest colour me excited even though I wish Edgar Wright was directing this after Scott Pilgrim he would be perfect for this. More

Posted by Moronifighter at 10:52 on 15 February 2012 | Report This Post

Cowabunga!
I have been waiting for this for AGES! Cannot wait for this. Turtles rule! I hated the fully animated version. they should use some animation to enhance the characters faces a la Where the wild things are, but for the rest colour me excited even though I wish Edgar Wright was directing this after Scott Pilgrim he would be perfect for this. More

Posted by Moronifighter at 10:52 on 15 February 2012 | Report This Post

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As poor as the animation was, the last TMNT movie was actually quite enjoyable and decently scripted. Was hoping they'd do a follow up to it with better animation. More

Posted by Kayotik at 09:53 on 15 February 2012 | Report This Post

Please dear god, can't you let the studio in on the worlds worst kept secret and tell them nobody gives a shit about this movie????? The only reason anyone would want this brought back would be for the merchandise revenue, and not because they want to see four giant mantortoises trying to crack jokes. Paradise Lost can't get a greenlight, yet this does? You really couldn't make it up could you... More

Posted by shitneck at 08:12 on 15 February 2012 | Report This Post

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