‘TMNT’ Filmmakers Want Bebop, Rocksteady, & Casey Jones for Sequels

Published 4 months ago by , Updated August 11th, 2014 at 7:43 am,

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Platinum Dunes’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set to hit theaters on August 8th – following months of controversy and tense debate between fans who are intrigued by the reboot and those who feel producer Michael Bay is poised to ruin childhood nostalgia. Of course, Bay is only serving as a producer on the film – with Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles and Wrath of the Titans) sitting in the actual director’s chair.

While many longtime fans of the Heroes in a Half-Shell remain skeptical, following a series of contentious casting choices (especially Megan Fox as April O’Neil) and confusion over whether the Ninja Turtles would also be Mutant Teenagers, lately the filmmakers have managed to gain some traction – even with skeptics. The latest trailers suggest that the film may actually capture the fun-loving spirit of the cartoon series (with a visual aesthetic that borrows from the original printed material) – and our own sneak peek preview of action-packed TMNT footage indicated that, once the movie is out, viewers might be pleasantly surprised.

The partnership between Bay and Paramount Pictures has resulted in over $3.5 billion in box office revenues for the Transformers series, so it’s not a complete stretch to imagine that Liebesman’s TMNT reboot stands a good chance of turning a significant profit. Even if the film were to fall flat in the United States, kid-friendly, action-packed, sci-fi fantasy performs strong at the international box office – meaning that, whether you are onboard with this new Ninja Turtles film or not, sequels are highly likely.

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So what might the studio have planned for future installments? In our TMNT trailer analysis we pointed out several easter eggs that could hint at future story lines (especially the name drop of TCRI) and during our chat with Liebesman and producer Andrew Form at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, the pair teased other characters that could join the franchise for a sequel.

Liebesman and Form were tight-lipped about the exact plan for a TMNT sequel, understandably they are focused on releasing the current film, but did mention that there are a handful of characters they would have loved to include in this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie – characters that they are still interesting in adding down the line.

Specifically, Liebesman name-dropped heroic human vigilante (and potential April love-interest) Casey Jones while Form says they also love fan-favorite henchmen turned mutants Bebop (a humanoid Warthog) and Rocksteady (a humanoid Rhinoceros). At this point, it’s unclear whether any of the characters are already planned for a sequel but Form indicated that Platinum Dunes would like to utilize existing franchise characters – should they get the chance to make further live-action TMNT movies.

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Check out a portion of the exchange below – in response to a question we asked regarding story threads that could be explored in future installments:

Form: We’re just finishing the movie but we all wish that we could put everything into the movie. We all have other characters that we wish we could have had in this movie.

Liebesman: Casey Jones.

Form: Casey Jones. Bebop and Rocksteady. We had those conversations throughout development of this movie but we’re launching this movie now in two weeks. Hopefully everybody feels the same way we do [about it]. We love them [Bebop and Rocksteady].

For those still rolling their eyes at this new TMNT origin story (and the subsequent footage), the news that Bay’s production company is interested in exploring beloved characters like Bebop, Rocksteady, and Casey Jones will probably be yet another frustrated talking point.

That said, Turtle fans (both old and new) that are open to Liebesman’s reboot should have some reason to be excited. After all, while Casey Jones was included in Steve Barron’s 1990 film (played by Elias Koteas), Bebop and Rocksteady have yet to make their live-action feature film debut – despite being two of the franchise’s most iconic baddies. In addition to the prospect of mutant-on-mutant combat (evolving the Turtles vs. humans set pieces in this film), the characters would also be an easy next step in the reboot’s core storyline – which reportedly sees the creation of the turtles as a byproduct of super-soldier experimentation. Once the Turtles save the day in this movie, it only makes sense that Shredder would use the same technology to create mutant villains.

For now, we can only speculate what the filmmakers have discussed behind closed doors – and, before anyone gets too worked-up, Platinum Dunes still needs to find success with this first chapter in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.

MORE: TMNT Preview Footage Description


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will open in theaters on August 8th, 2014.

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  1. I think that Bebop and Rocksteady would be great additions to the TMNT universe. I see the potential of this first film spawning sequels too. I think we (incl. myself) should allow the kids to enjoy this new version of TMNT. I will definately see this flick and I sure as hell will enjoy it. Much Respect to Liebesman and the production crew for allowing us to see another TMNT film.

  2. Ahahahaha xD “future sequels” good one guys.

  3. Too bad this will be the flop of the century

    • You’re wrong. Like it or not, this movie will get money overseas. Everybody likes to crap all over Transformers, but it’s still on its way to making $1 billion yet again. Popular thing is to hate on this movie, I think it will get money. Not billions, but at least $500 million will come out of this movie. I’ll be laughing when this movie becomes a hit, cause I back it 100%. Haters like you wil be hiding when this movie comes out

      • The scattered releases will really hurt this internationaly. No one is going to stay spoiler free fot two months by the time it’s get released in various countries worldwide it’s all going to be old hat

  4. In all honesty, being a really huge fan of the original cartoon/movies, I am seeing some real potential with this one. Granted, I can do without the music choice for some of the tv spots and trailers, but putting that aside, it seems as though they are getting the personalities down right, and to me that is the main thing they need to get right. The look is changed a bit and updated, but as long as they have their fun and distinct personalities then it will work. Either way, we are getting the movie, and I’ll be there to see it. Really epic news of bebop and rocksteady, glad the kids nowadays get to see the actual henchmen instead of some cheap knockoffs *cough*Secret of the Ooze*cough* really looking forward to a new version of casey too.

  5. No matter what I tehink the movie will make money. I just wish the would change the name this not a turtle movie they are not aliens or rat dogs they are turtles. I am a fan and will not be going to see the movie and as far as kids go i would rather them see something a little better than another alien movie.

    My kids love the turtles and when they all seen these ones the said i thought it was a turtle movie. Kinda of funny when kids know these are not our turtles.

  6. Awesome, would love to see Bebop and Rocksteady again and Casey Jones would be another great addition. Was at first skeptical about this but since the new trailers and tv spots this looks like a strong movie.

  7. Everything I’ve seen from this movie has been absolutely awful in my opinion. That extended 3 minute clip on the mountain side nearly made me sick it was so bad. It literally just looked like a scene from transformers with ugly cgi turtles added in instead of robots. (It even used all the same sound effects and similar music from transformers.

    Donatello flips a speeding van 20 metres into the air with his bo-staff for gods sake, WTF. That would of been too ridiculous even in the cartoon.

    The design of the turtles and the casting choices have been horrendous. I guess little kids will go see it and love it (well thats who its been marketed towards obviously) but I personally hope it flops so Jonathan Liebesman along with Bay never get to work on anything again, they’re both sh*t. (thats wishful thinking though)

  8. Check out this video for ShellShocked

    and the original cartoon intro for the new movie :)

  9. As a HUGE fan of the 2003 cartoon (still haven’t gotten around watching the 2012 toon) I think they can bring in more elements from that show that originated in the comic books. The Fugitoid, Utroms, Leatherhead, City at War, and of course, Casey Jones.

  10. Not really looking forward to this film, because I’m not thrilled with how they’ve stylized the Turtles, but if you bring in Bebop and Rocksteady, that is something I would be interested in.

  11. Uh… how bout Krang? That’s a storyline for an entire movie or two by introducing him.

    • The new cartoon’s got the Krang in spades, so I don’t think they should do a double barrel of them. I can see the Krang being like an offhanded reference or something, but a main villain is just overkill for right now.

  12. You mean no Tokka and Rahzar?!?!?! That’s just tooooo bad

    The biggest mistake of Secret of the Ooze was putting those two knockoffs in instead of Bebop and Rocksteady. I have been begging for a big screen version of those guys for ages. I’m also excited to see Baxter Stockman, hopefully eventually in his mutated form. There are so many great characters that they could go to in this; Rat King, Slash, Leatherhead. I’d be ok with bringing in Tokka and Rahzar too, but not in the way that they were included in the past; a replacement for the two fan favorites.

    I’d also be interested to see if they ever go towards the Krang as well. I think it would be quite a stretch though, and would almost rather them steer away from the alien storylines, but it’d be interesting to see how they’d do it.

  13. Casey Jones yes, but Bebop and Rocksteady are freaking horrible.

    • Agreed. Personally, I want to see the 2003 series referenced more often. It kind of ticks me off that people always go back to the 80′s cartoon and never the comics or 2003 series. What’s the most popular isn’t always the best.

  14. i would love to see rocksteady and bebop, but i also really, really want to see krang! Casey Jones would be a nice addition too. it would be cool to see the technodrome as well. maybe some mousers too!

  15. Would LOVE to see Bepop and Rocksteady along with Krang, Casey, Leatherhead, Rat King, Baxter (as the fly), Slash they have so many options!

    Would be awesome if they get that group going eventually!

    Technodrome is a sick idea too Grant Mohler!

  16. How much wrong are all these who said it would flop. What a laugh it is lol.

  17. I still think that Venus DeMilo the female turtle should be introduced in the sequel! In order to do that she would have to be involved heavily in the plot & her origin with the creation of our favorite knuckleheads Rocksteady & Bebop. I hope that if Venus in the sequel. the producers would cast actress Bella Thorne for her voice & stunt woman actress Tarah Paige who did all the stunt work for Nicola Peltz in Transformers Age Of Extinction! I also hope that the could have went deep in the 80′s animated Turtle archives & also introduce April’s BFF Erma. I think that actress Alison Brie from Community would be a perfect fit for the character & the chemistry between her & Vernon ( Will Arnett) would be interesting to see. Going forward I’d like to see these things happen as the Turtle silver screen franchise is starting to roll!

  18. i wish to correct the statement on a paragraph so it would make more sense. “Transformers Age Of Extinction would bring Venus DeMilo’s movements to life.”

  19. Charlie Murphy and Craig Robinson for Bebop and Rocsteady and Jason David Frank as Casey Jones…

  20. Hey,

    I really hope they put Bebop and rocksteady or Baxter Stockman (hopefully in his mutated form) or Slash in the second turtle movie.