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Old 08-28-2015, 02:33 PM   #1
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Tim Hill Writing "The April O'Neil Files" Pilot For Nickelodeon

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The Hollywood Reporter is reporting the Turtley Awesome news that film director and screenwriter Tim Hill is currently writing the pilot for a brand-new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" project titled "The April O'Neil Files" for Nickelodeon!

It is currently unknown whether "The April O'Neil Files" will be a brand-new TMNT spin-off series or special, or a all-new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie.

Tim Hill's credits includes "Rocko's Modern Life", "KaBlam!", "Action League Now!", "SpongeBob SquarePants", "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie", "Alvin and the Chipmunks", "Hop", "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever", "Short Circuit", "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties", "Muppets from Space", "100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd" and "Max Keeble's Big Move"
http://nickalive.blogspot.co.uk/2015...eil-files.html

Could be interesting, I guess it could be a prequel and maybe her mum could be in it.
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Old 08-28-2015, 02:39 PM   #2
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I have absolutely no idea how to respond to this....

Oh wait, yes I do:

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Old 08-28-2015, 02:44 PM   #3
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Let's see.. We are getting a spin off for a secondary character on a TV show that gets more plots and character development than one of the main characters.

But in all seriousness, I'm excited for this
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Old 08-28-2015, 02:52 PM   #4
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Interesting...! Though I have to wonder what the motivation is. The April & Casey series at IDW is clearly an attempt to pull in more female readers, but it's IMO pretty shallow... So far it's all teenage drama, romance, it's cliches, stuff that I have to assume chick readers never really asked for/wated. I hope this won't be similar in that respect. Chicks are people, & people like all sorts of stuff, not just "chick" stuff, ya know? But I'm jumping the gun, to be fair. It's just curious that she's been given such a push in the now, starring in the new film, getting a lot of spotlight in the cartoon, & her comic mini. Beyond the OT she was never meant to be this integral/important of a character beyond what her role serves to be for the TMNT, an initial link to the human world.

If this is a spin-off of the Nick show itself, then I'm definitely into it, I REALLY like Nick's April. If it's a movie, with Megan Fox, well, I've finally found a good enough reason to end my life.
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:10 PM   #5
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The guy made Garfield 2 and Chipmunks 1, not excited at all...
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:15 PM   #6
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Its probably another one-off movie/special like the Half-Shell Heroes thing coming in November. Maybe they're going to continually make a whole bunch of spinoff specials.
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:56 PM   #7
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Hey, this might be nice. Maybe we'll actually learn something about April's home life. I've been curious about that since I stepped into this series.
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:59 PM   #8
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:04 PM   #9
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Hoping it's just a fun little one-off thing like the Half Shell bit. Or just a rare occasional thing as I'm kind of expecting those to end up. Could be cool, but if it's largely Turtleless...meh. April is ok, but never really been into her enough to be that interested in something without the guys.

If they are doing it to pull more girls into watching...then the continued blindness of the actual fanbase demographics - and that TMNT already has many female fans of all ages - is a bit .

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Interesting...! Though I have to wonder what the motivation is. The April & Casey series at IDW is clearly an attempt to pull in more female readers, but it's IMO pretty shallow... So far it's all teenage drama, romance, it's cliches, stuff that I have to assume chick readers never really asked for/wated. I hope this won't be similar in that respect. Chicks are people, & people like all sorts of stuff, not just "chick" stuff, ya know?
Props for insightfulness. Wish the people who actually made it (or those doing the marketing?) understood it.
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:10 PM   #10
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I like this concept. I hope Tempestra is the villain in this.
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:26 PM   #11
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I think it would be better if this new project would be a special episode or something. I do not see it succes as a spin off
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:56 PM   #12
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Interesting, judging by the title, it looks like it will explore how April becomes the journalist/reporter.
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Old 08-28-2015, 05:01 PM   #13
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Hey, pretty cool! They are really hedging their bets to try and go with April as a centerpiece character for a show/movie/mini-series. But I'll be happy to give it a chance.

I saw this today courtesy of tOkKa, looks like the official channel of one of the Nick animators. Maybe it's a tease for the O'Neil Files?
https://twitter.com/nasuslee_/status...302720/photo/1
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Old 08-28-2015, 05:28 PM   #15
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My first thought.



But I have a bad feeling about this.
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Old 08-28-2015, 06:34 PM   #16
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The guy made Garfield 2 and Chipmunks 1, not excited at all...
He also wrote a bunch of great Rocko's Modern Life and SpongeBob episodes.
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Old 08-28-2015, 06:34 PM   #17
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I wonder if this will be done in 2D like the Half-Shell heroes special. In fact I think I would love a bunch of 2D spinoffs of the main series.
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Hey, pretty cool! They are really hedging their bets to try and go with April as a centerpiece character for a show/movie/mini-series. But I'll be happy to give it a chance.

I saw this today courtesy of tOkKa, looks like the official channel of one of the Nick animators. Maybe it's a tease for the O'Neil Files?
https://twitter.com/nasuslee_/status...302720/photo/1
Interesting, could this be what she will look like in this spin-off?

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Old 08-28-2015, 06:48 PM   #19
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Huh! On one hand, I'm really, really glad this is a thing that is being considered. On the other hand, there are so many ways this could go wrong, and given the Nick show's dismal record with the character and their selection of developer, I'm not exactly optimistic.


My personal best-case scenario: a live-action series in the vein of kids-oriented Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures. My personal worst case scenario: the current show, exactly, except starring April.
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Old 08-28-2015, 06:53 PM   #20
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Interesting, could this be what she will look like in this spin-off?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CNet80NUEAAJhUT.jpg
Really...?

Don't get me wrong, it's cute and all. But...like a gagging level of it.

Oh if only Disney were to one day get hold of TMNT, and then she can be a real princess. Alternately Nick could just mutate her slightly and give her sparkly fairy wings. TMNT/Winx Club cross over for the girls.
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