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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Put On Hold To Fix Script & Budget, Release Date Pushed Back To May 16, 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2012 3:32 PM
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  • 16 Comments
It looks like Paramount has finally learned their lesson the very, very hard way. After scuttling three movies slated for a 2012 release into 2013 -- "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," "World War Z" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" -- it seems studio executives have decided to actually read the script of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and they don't like what they see. They really don't like it.

If Kid Cudi Is In The 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Reboot, Who Should He Play?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2012 10:24 AM
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With Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman's plans to reboot the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" as aliens or something causing an absurd amount of shaking-and-crying among folks who should have better things to worry about, the rumor mill continues to churn, and the latest development is that rapper/actor Kid Cudi might have a role in the film.

High Fidelity: Why Fans Demanding Faithfulness To Their Favorite Source Material Is Damaging Movies

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 28, 2012 3:56 PM
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  • 22 Comments
Let's face it, we see more adaptations than original material in movie theaters. And that's not something new: adapting from plays or novels (and now, other movies and TV shows and video games and board games and action figures) is as old as cinema itself. But what has changed, or at least become more organized and noticeable in the age of the internet, is the way these adaptations are approached even before they hit theaters. Something which quite often, leads to what HitFix's Drew McWeeney terms "fantrums."

Director Jonathan Liebesman On Teenage Ninja Turtles-Gate: "Fans Will Go Apeshit When They See It"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 23, 2012 4:05 PM
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"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"-gate 2012 has literally knocked a nation and generation of TMNT fans -- who grew up with the unassailable classic 1990 film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and the also the nearly unimpeachable 2007 film, "TMNT" -- for a loop when the shocking revelation was made that the new live-action movie adaptation of 'TMNT,' produced by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes shingle, would no longer feature once-ordinary turtles living in the sewers who mutated into intelligent, human-sized creatures by a discarded canister of toxic waste.

Michael Bay On 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle' Alien Controversy: "Fans Need To Take A Breath, And Chill"

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 20, 2012 10:41 AM
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Hell hath no fury like a fanbase scorned. From Bryan Singer's "X-Men" abandoning their traditional yellow spandex to Jennifer Lawrence being too blonde and pale to play Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games," internet fandom is not one to lay down silently when a filmmaker tinkers with iconic elements of their beloved franchises. Most recent to attract the ire of a group of fans was Michael Bay, who gave an interview over the weekend where he said that his upcoming live-action/CGI reboot of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" would reimagine the reptilian heroes as members of an alien race.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Aliens? Michael Bay Says The New Turtles Will Be From An "Alien Race"

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 19, 2012 10:44 AM
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  • 29 Comments
The origins of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" have never been terribly complex. Tiny reptiles splashed with a mutagenic ooze, living in the sewers, learning karate, eating pizza. Makes sense, right? Okay, it doesn't, but whatever -- fans have been going with it since the characters' first appearance twenty eight years ago. Now that Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes are producing a new live-action movie adaptation, they've decided that origin wasn't working for them, so they're taken a page from the "Highlander II" playbook: the Ninja Turtles will now be aliens.

Paramount Delay 'World War Z' Until June 21, 2013 & Move Tom Cruise Vehicle 'One Shot' Up To Christmas 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 13, 2012 9:55 PM
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Release dates are pretty crucial to a film's success. Put your prize tentpole up against another film aiming for the same audience, and you'll cannibalize each other. Place your movie on exactly the right place in the calendar, and you'll find yourselves with a licence to print money. And that's why studios will claim release slots, and continue to tinker with them, both years in advance, and with only months to spare.

Platinum Dunes Hires Jonathan Liebesman For Yet Another 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 15, 2012 9:00 AM
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Is it from the eighties? Do you have fond memories of it? If so, chances are, Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes is trying to screw it up. They made their way through your horror favorites already, remaking "Nightmare On Elm Street," "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Friday The 13th" with the same beer commercial aesthetic, and now they've decided to branch out from the horror genre. First it was the dubious-sounding Hasbro-branded "Ouija" movie that still hasn't found a home. And now, it's the goddamned "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," in the hands of Jonathan Liebesman.

'M:I-4' Scribes Hired to Write Yet Another 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Movie

  • By Sam Price
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  • June 9, 2011 2:36 AM
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While now might be a good time for Paramount executives to start thinking of a new word for "reboot" (a "reconfiguration," perchance?), Deadline are reporting they're plowing ahead with a second reboot of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series in a demented attempt to spawn a legitimate franchise anyway, just four years after their first attempt failed. Best of luck to them.

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