Back in May, 300 and Superman Returns producer Scott Mednick gave us some early details on the upcoming live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. He revealed things such as the fact that it will definitely be live-action, that they’re using the original Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird comics as a starting point (citing them as, “the best source material”), and they’re trying to bring a whole new generation into the Turtles universe.
Expanding on the latter, Mednick has said the new movie will feature the origin of our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.Mednick recently spoke to Mania about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, specifically about such things as bringing a new audience up to speed with the TMNT universe and how the Turtles will look in the live-action/CGI movie. Here’s some of what he had to say:
We are intent on re-telling the origin, as it was in Batman, as it was in Superman, frankly as it was in Spider-Man, to tell the origin story. We have an entire new generation of fans who really don’t know the full back story.
You have a much more sophisticated audience [nowadays]. Even the younger kids are more sophisticated by the information they receive. Things have become a little darker and a little edgier, just in general. Certainly as filmmakers the technology has come so far. It really gives us an opportunity to revisit the material and come at it, hopefully, in a new dramatic way, from a filmmaking standpoint, and honor the old, and bring in the new.
We want the Turtles to be real. We want them to be in the movie, not Gollumed… We’re excited about the opportunity to use all of these new technologies to give the experience that you really believe the turtles are real, they’re teenagers, they have great personalities, not guys in suits.
For the rest of what Mednick had to say about the live action Ninja Turtles movie – which includes comparisons between it and the upcoming Where The Wild Things Are – you can head over to Mania.
Although I like the whole idea of using today’s technology to give the new Ninja Turtles a cool look (although I don’t know about Mednick’s comment about Gollum), I’m still not sold on the idea of the new movie being live-action. The three Ninja Turtles live-action films they made in the 90’s (with silly looking men-in-suits) were cheesy and certainly worlds away from the kickass Ninja Turtles I know I, at least, want to see on the big-screen.
I will say this is a situation where I wouldn’t mind the movie being an origin story, simply because they kind of have to do that with TMNT if it’s going to be a reboot, don’t they? Look at the wonders it did for Batman when he began! Although it’s doubtful, here’s hoping this new TMNT movie follows in Batman’s footsteps.
What do you think about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot being an origin story? Do you think live action/CGI is the way to go?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently in the early development stages (no writer or director attached yet) and doesn’t yet have a release date.