Michael Bay’s ‘Ninja Turtles’ Reboot Delayed Until May 2014

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Earlier today, reports rolled in that Paramount had put the planned live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot (titled Ninja Turtles) on “indefinite” hold, citing issues with the script. It’s a pretty easy-to-swallow idea, given the very passionate (overall, very negative) fan response to producer Michael Bay’s revelation earlier this year – namely, his announcement that the project re-imagines the Turtles as pure extraterrestrials.

However, sources close to the production have refuted the claims about Ninja Turtles being temporarily shelved, insisting it has instead been merely delayed from December 2013 to May 2014 release date. Whether or not the rumors of script problems are likewise inaccurate – that’s another matter.

The initial report from THR suggested that Paramount had halted development on Ninja Turtles, and was (in essence) going to temporarily fire the preproduction staff for anywhere from 10 weeks to… well, indefinitely. Such a maneuver would have freed up several noteworthy people, including, Michael Bay, director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans), and executive producer Denis Stewart (Cowboys & Aliens). Thereafter, THR received word about the May date and updated its scoop accordingly.

Coming Soon has lent further credit to that update, reporting that Ninja Turtles is now officially scheduled for May 16th, 2014. For those keeping score at home: that’s the same date Marvel Studios has selected for a not-yet-officially announced film, and just a week before Fox plans to release the sequel to its Planet of the Apes reboot/prequel (titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes).

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It’s fair to say – the majority of Turtles fans would’ve welcomed the news about Ninja Turtles being put out to pasture, especially in the aftermath of Bay’s (failed) attempts to assuage the concerns of the TMNT adoring masses. As far as many are still concerned, the project’s creative team – which includes TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, along with writing duo Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) – has been committing sacrilege.

As mentioned before, though, the only certainty is that we now have (at least) an extra six months until Ninja Turtles is unleashed on the public. Whether or not the aliens angle is being dropped from the script, in favor of a different approach – or even if that approach is indeed guaranteed to fail (as many will surely continue to insist), is all up for speculation right now. Make of that what you will.

To reiterate: Ninja Turtles is now slated to reach theaters in the U.S. on May 16th, 2014.


Source: THR, Coming Soon

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  1. Alrighty where the heck do I start…
    Alien thing.. not too keen on that I must admit. The substance they were mutated with was alien but them themselves are not.

    Still I await it with eagerness, Bay revived my love of Transformers and beingss as i’m in a TMNT mood roll on Turtles!

  2. Liam Neeson- Splinter

    Aaron Johnson- Leonardo

    Liam Hemsworth- Raphael

    Jeremy Irvine- Donatello

    Dave Franco-Michellangelo

    Stana Katic (or maybe Rebecca Hall or Jessica Biel)- April O’neal

    Jeremy Irons- Krang (voice)

    Ken Wanatabe- Shredder ( cameos in the end of Ninja Turtles returns in sequel as villain leading the ninja/terrorist organization called the foot similar to batman begons’s the league of shadows)

    Casey Jones (I’m not so sure about this just didn’t have enough time to think of anybody else id say Ben Affleck but hes probably too old anyway but I like him as an actor Casey to me would be in the sequel like shredder as someone the turtles inspired to fight crime, they meet argue with each other and eventually become allies. To me I picture Casey as a young Kevin Costner or Ben Affleck or something’s like that I’ll keep working on him)

    • why dose it half to be the 80′s cartoon again and over again why not the original comic series as a movie instead.

  3. I say Oscar Isaac as Casey Jones if you don’t know who that is he’s the assassin that shares as Cabin with Aaron Cross at the beginning of Bourne Legacy

  4. Production postponed because scripts release. It really wasn’t the script in use, but now Bay is making sure the new script doesn’t come close. Paramount is doubling with another studio for larger budget and better distribution. Cast also expanded so it targets larger audience. Along with high school genre, young Christina Hendricks/ Scarlett Johanson type added that fights along side N.T.s. Supposedly Bay looking for a newcomer that’ll make him look good unlike the drama Megan Fox created.

  5. Please just let them cancel this movie and keep bay away from the ninja turtles, he botched the transformers horribly. Example wheel jack
    The turtles are not aliens they are teenage mutant turtles who mutated from toxic goo get it right Bay.

    • Botched the transformers???? Pff…. I’m not a Michael bay fan myself but he turned transformers from a sappy cartoon into one of the sickest movie franchises to date! Way to go Bay!

      • Umm . . . wow. Just wow.

        Michael Bay may have made tons of money with his so-called “Transformers” franchise, but he *almost* destroyed Transformers. I say “almost” because, well, the untouchable Gen. 1 cartoons still exist.

        Of course, you have the right to embrace Michael “Boom Boom” Bay’s extravagant special effects demos–er, I mean movies–and accept them as “Transformers” all you want; but for those of us who grew up with the REAL McCoy, we know what Transformers is and what it isn’t. And Mr. Bay’s take on the series falls decidedly under the latter.

        Ditto for the lame “G.I. Joe” movies that Hollywood insists on making. I wish they’d just leave my childhood well enough alone. In fact, I wish they’d start coming up with original ideas again, instead of incessantly rehashing/remaking movies and TV series from the 20th Century. Pathetic.

    • Btw… It’s “ooze” not toxic goo lol.

      • Its mutagen if your gonna be a jerk like that

  6. This will suck.. for one you have Megan fox in it, she sucks at acting, i’m sorry. She can’t even do commercials.. The alien thing.. all i can say is, Whoever is making this, you better really think about this before doing it because i will tell you now, it will flop.

  7. I’ve been a die-hard Turtle’s fan since the very beginning and though I wasn’t too fond of the idea of the story being switched up, I shortly got used to the idea of them being an alien race. Yes, we all fell in love with the original story of the Ninja Turtles but at least someone wants to give us a new Turtles movie. The way I see it, people who complain really don’t mind if the turtles die. I am all for this reboot and will be there on opening night at the cinemas. So I say, Thank you Michael Bay for doing this! We need a new Turtles movie whether the storyline is changed up or not.

  8. Casey: Steve Howey. (He plays Kevin Ball in Showtimes Shameless.)
    Raph: Josh Pais *always
    April: Jessica Biel or Chyler Leigh (was Lexie on Greys Anatomy) or
    Lindy Booth (She resembles the cartoon version of April. )
    (Yes she’s hot and fit, but April is loving and a sweet soul. Plus spoiler* the actress needs to be able to act also, not just pose and run from place to place. )
    Michelangelo: Seann William Scott
    Donnie: Sam Huntington (Josh in SciFi’s being Human) or
    Justin Timberlake (Yeah, Timberlake. Think about it. It works.)
    Leo: ? David Boreanaz (Booth in Fox’s Bones)
    Splinter: ? Stick w/ Hoon Lee (Splinter in Nickelodeons version), he can voice over and stand in as Hamato Yoshi upon any flashbacks depending on the version of the story.
    (Let’s keep Elmo out of this one)
    Shredder/ Rooku Saki: (Although ethnically incorrect) Manu Bennett, he plays Crixus on Showtimes Spartacus.
    Rooku Nagi: Ernie Reyes Jr (Have to bring him back somehow.)
    Krang: Nick Falon (Seems like a guy who would take it serious enough and could pull it off.)

  9. You know if Michael bay decided to release a pic of what they’ll look like officially it might make fans stop bashing so much unless they are absolutely redicuulous

    • Why would you like to see a female splinter. That makes no sense.

  10. I never really put a lot of thought into who helms movies until recently when I saw the terrible transformers movies and compared them to the masterful Avengers movie and then followed up with the pathetic Iron Man 3. If hollywood wants to stop being creative and keep shipping us cgi filled franchise flicks, fine. Just please stop being ceatively disingeneous by hiring bums like Bay and Black to try to be somewhat novel and end up pissing people with crap that ruins source material and sucks for the effort. I’m sick of it if I pay nearly 20 bucks to see ironman I want to see iron man fight a real mandrin with repulsors and flying punches, not robert downy going to the flippin hardware store to make shock gloves. Same with transformers I want to see the robots actually have meaningful roles not just explosions and sam wickety screaming like a b**** 90 percent of the entire movie. Shelf the turtle movie bc I’m sick of these producer bums messing everything up. I could make better movies with a camera phone from 2008. Peace