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Old 04-22-2009, 09:27 PM   #1
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Ninja Turtles back in (...live) action

HOLLYWOOD -- The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are making their way back to the bigscreen.

The Mirage Group, which owns the property, is moving forward with a live-action film focusing on the origins of the iconic crime fighters. Project, targeted for release in 2011, would mark the fifth bigscreen outing for the sewer-dwelling heroes Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael as well as their master Splinter.

News coincides with the Turtles' 25th anniversary celebration, which kicks off Thursday in New York as the first "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film unspools at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Legendary Pictures former chief marketing officer Scott Mednick is producing the new pic alongside Galen Walker, who produced the 2007 computer-animated "TMNT" pic, the most recent installment in the franchise. Peter Laird, Gary Richardson, Frederick Fierst, Eric Crown and Napoleon Smith III are exec producing the film, which is based on the characters created by Laird and Kevin Eastman.

The characters first appeared in a May 1984 comicbook before spawning a lucrative line of toys, cartoons and three films released in the early 1990s. In 2003, the Turtles were reintroduced to a new generation via a TV series, the "TMNT" film and a revamped merchandising program.

The latest project is being financed by Lightbox Prods.

"The original dozen comics created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman are some of the best source material one could hope for," said Mednick, whose exec producing credits include the upcoming "Where the Wild Things Are." Laird, who bought out Eastman's share of the property several years ago, said the film will remain true to the spirit of the original comicbooks. He added that the pic may employ face replacement technology, which would allow the turtles to be much more expressive.

Today's 25th anniversary "Shell-ebration" will also include lighting the Empire State Building in "turtle green."
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:33 PM   #2
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Hooray!!!!
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:54 PM   #3
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So the 5th movie is actually a go? This is real?

Is this a re-boot?
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:56 PM   #4
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TMNT Part 5 announced in Variety... live-action

But they probably mean live-action, with CGI Turtles and Splinter like we've been hearing rumblings about for a while now.

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Ninja Turtles back in (live) action
2011 film will focus on characters' origins


http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1

HOLLYWOOD -- The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are making their way back to the bigscreen.

The Mirage Group, which owns the property, is moving forward with a live-action film focusing on the origins of the iconic crime fighters. Project, targeted for release in 2011, would mark the fifth bigscreen outing for the sewer-dwelling heroes Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael as well as their master Splinter.

News coincides with the Turtles' 25th anniversary celebration, which kicks off Thursday in New York as the first "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film unspools at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Legendary Pictures former chief marketing officer Scott Mednick is producing the new pic alongside Galen Walker, who produced the 2007 computer-animated "TMNT" pic, the most recent installment in the franchise. Peter Laird, Gary Richardson, Frederick Fierst, Eric Crown and Napoleon Smith III are exec producing the film, which is based on the characters created by Laird and Kevin Eastman.

The characters first appeared in a May 1984 comicbook before spawning a lucrative line of toys, cartoons and three films released in the early 1990s. In 2003, the Turtles were reintroduced to a new generation via a TV series, the "TMNT" film and a revamped merchandising program.

The latest project is being financed by Lightbox Prods.

"The original dozen comics created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman are some of the best source material one could hope for," said Mednick, whose exec producing credits include the upcoming "Where the Wild Things Are." Laird, who bought out Eastman's share of the property several years ago, said the film will remain true to the spirit of the original comicbooks. He added that the pic may employ face replacement technology, which would allow the turtles to be much more expressive.

Today's 25th anniversary "Shell-ebration" will also include lighting the Empire State Building in "turtle green."


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The way this Scott Mednick is talking about the source material and his reverence for it is a good way to start.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:00 PM   #5
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Is this a re-boot?
God I hope so.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:01 PM   #6
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So the 5th movie is actually a go? This is real?

Is this a re-boot?
Sounds like it. I'm just glad it's live action, not CGI.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:02 PM   #7
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Looks like a reboot to me. Considering it'll have been 21 years since the last "origin" movie, I won't mind seeing their origin done in a new movie.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:03 PM   #8
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God I hope so.
If by original comics they mean issues #1-11, I feel the first movie already more or less covered that.

Sans the Triceraton space stuff, but I doubt they'd use that.

I hope this is a City at War movie.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:04 PM   #9
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I wonder if they'll get the same voices from the 4th movie to reprise their roles, I thought they did pretty well, although Splinter would obviously be re-casted.

I hope this winds up being something like City at War.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:11 PM   #10
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Sounds like it. I'm just glad it's live action, not CGI.
Ditto on that
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:12 PM   #11
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WOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh, it's a miracle!!!!!!!!! Let's see if I have enough money by then to stop by Hollywood and gaze at awesomeness!!! (I don't know what that means either, but sure as hell am excited!!!
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hey maybe a live-action Krang? rofl!
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I wonder if they'll get the same voices from the 4th movie to reprise their roles, I thought they did pretty well, although Splinter would obviously be re-casted.

I hope this winds up being something like City at War.
I hope they get a Mako sound-alike. I liked that voice for Splinter.

Looks like it'll focus on the origins, though. Not CaW.
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This is great!
You can read more over @ Peter Lairds Blog as well!
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Legendary Pictures had a hand in Hellboy so that gives me some faith. Though the all CGI turtles thing could either be a blessing or torture.
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Legendary Pictures had a hand in Hellboy so that gives me some faith. Though the all CGI turtles thing could either be a blessing or torture.
Didn't Legendary also do Superman Returns? Just saying...
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I posted in the other topic but if this movie does well there's a possibility of another show following. Granted 4Kids makes profit off it.
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True My point is though they've done CGI heavy pictures before so that's why I have some faith. That guy should know how much money the movie needs and if he's a marketing chief he should be able to handle it. Never heard of this production company though.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:23 PM   #19
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If it's not PG-13, I don't give a damn.

This a huge opportunity, and they'd better push for it.

Sounds like a reboot though, and that is good news.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:24 PM   #20
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I say woo hoo too! I really like reading the talks of of a hybrid film, full turtle suits with some CGI. It's seriously sounds like it could be potential amazing if they keep on this track. I can't wait to hear more when they pick a director and get it written.
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