‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Reboot Release Date Moved Back Again

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teenage mutant ninja turtles 2014 release date Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot Release Date Moved Back Again

Platinum Dunes and producer Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action movie reboot has changed release dates a few times over the past year, but we’re fairly confident in saying that this latest date change should be the final one. At least, there won’t be another six-month delay for this new TMNT flick (*knock on wood*), now that director Jonathan Liebesman – who previously collaborated with PD on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning – has largely finished up with principal photography on the project.

The upcoming TMNT movie – featuring Megan Fox as April O’Neal and Will Arnett as April’s cameraman Vernon Fenwick – will now be released in August, rather than June, of 2014. August, for those unaware, is the Summer month where the major studios tend to release movies that either have limited box office potential – or just lack the drawing-power necessary to hold their own against the biggest tentpoles of the year (see: this week’s Kick-Ass 2).

Case in point: August 2014 will kick-off with two projects that each have a lot of buzz surrounding them, but aren’t at all surefire bets for $ucce$$. The first is Marvel Studio’s Guardians of the Galaxy – a sci-fi/fantasy adventure based on a second-tier comic book series featuring (among other things) an anthropomorphic raccoon with a machine gun – and the other is Fifty Shades of Grey, which is based on the highly-erotic best-selling book that originated as Twilight fan-fiction.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is now slated to open in theaters a week after them on August 8th, where it will compete directly for attention from the new Dracula-inspired project starring Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) as the titular vampire. That should give TMNT a better shot at pulling in a sizable crowd than it would’ve had on its previously-set June 6th, 2014 launch date. Back there, the Turtle Power flick would’ve had to duke it out with Tom Cruise’s sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow for attention from action movie fans; not to mention, face off against Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur in its second week, as far as bringing in a family audience goes.

kevin eastman ninja turtles reboot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot Release Date Moved Back Again

Hardcore TMNT fans have calmed down (… a bit) about the reboot ever since Bay promised that there will not be a tweaked alien origin story featured in the movie. However, that does not mean the same thing as saying there’s now a lot more excitement for the film to hit theaters. Case in point: the human character casting selections – be it Fox as the Turtles’ reporter ally April or William Fichtner playing a different version of their arch-nemesis Shredder – have tended to elicit more groans than cheers (the same goes for the chosen producer).

In other words, Liebesman’s TMNT flick – based on a script co-written by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) – should do better at the box office, now that it’s opening in August. Basically, it sounds like the kind of summer movie that people will check out because they’ve already seen all the heavy-hitters of the season – and figure there are worse ways to pass the time than two hours of entertainment that includes performance-capture turtle martial arts action and Megan Fox hopping on a trampoline, among other sights.

Are you more likely to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, now that it’s opening in August rather than earlier on during the 2014 Summer Movie Season?


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

Source: THR

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  1. I’m glad you talked about how GOTG and Fifty Shades release a week before it. With that being said, how do you think it’ll do? I have to admit that I’m pessimistic about its chances.

    • The Expendables 3 and Sin City are coming out right after too.

      • Dang. I totally forgot about those two. Geez. Do you think the June release date was better?

        • I don’t think so, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Transformers and 22 Jump Street are coming out in the same month.

          To be honest, I don’t know if I want it to bomb, since if it does, who knows if the studio are willing to put in another large budget to reboot it again. If it does well, it will spawn several more sequels, likely from the same team and the same quality. It’s a lose lose scenario for me, unless it actually ends up being a good movie!

          • +1

            • GOTG is screwed.
              People like MARVEL because superheroes. Not space guys.

              • I’m inclined to agree based on theory. However, I feel like that’s why the studio feels the need to build an awesome cast like they’re doing. It’s definitely a gamble, but if anyone can do it, it’s Marvel.

              • The GOTG are super heroes and whats so wrong about them being in space

              • Blade you have no idea what you are talking about. This is going to be an awesome franchise. It is going to counter the Avengers, and will open up the door for true Marvel lovers. From what I’ve seen and heard this will hold its own. It won’t be the Avengers at the box office, but it will do well enough for their plans. It will tie in Thanos, the Kree, Nova Corps., and etc. Drax is still one of my favorite characters in Marvel, and I just hope they portray him right. They make all their movies to hit on all demographics, and that is how some movies fail now a days b/c they can’t accomplish this. Though I think this franchise will shoot for the more hardcore fans/ and older audiences.

  2. As a huge TMNT fan, I’m expecting absolutely nothing good from this movie. Which is a huge shame, I feel like they’re going to pull off a Transformers debacle, all action and no heart. I was hoping TMNT could rise back up to the big screen and show how badass they really are. Whelps, guess I gotta wait another 20 years.

    • I have to agree with you. None of the news that comes from this movie encourages me at all.

      • The only thing I can see that is actually positive about this movie is that it’s being written by Appelbaum and Nemec. I thought their work on Mission Impossible was pretty good, but that’s not saying much.

        • A very true statement. I hope I’m proven wrong about how sucky this movie may be.

  3. I had no idea Aaron Taylor-Johnson was married to a 42 year old.. he’s 23… odd..

  4. Shows lack of confidence from the studio.

    The moved it back from it’s release date since it was to close to ”Godzilla”

    Then moved it from its June date because the competition is huge in June for mega blockbusters, skip July for the same reason.

    Now it’s in August, It really only has Guardians of Galaxy to battle.

    The Ninja Turtles are cool but i expect this movie to seriously suck.

    • +1

  5. Ok, casting Megan Fox as April O’Neil is bad enough, but changing the origin story of The Shredder. Oroku Saki is now some white American Guy,,, Why,, Oh dear god, why would anyone even think of doing this?

    Ah well, even after they ruin such a great and badass character atleast Ill always have this,,

    • Want a real good TMNT Fan film??

  6. would be hilarious if the original (1990) turtles live action is better then this CG infested explosion fest :P i’m gonna laugh so damn hard if that’s true :D

    • It will be.

      • It will be easily. Jim Henson made those costumes, and he’s the master. Those are possibly the greatest full body costumes in cinema history.

  7. this movie will suck

  8. You kidding me? LOOOOOOOOOOL! GOTG is going to be amazing and will blow TMNT away at the box office. 50 Shades will bring in all the women(and men cause you know why lol) to the box office for and then you got three more films that come out the week after. TMNT has no chance to be #1 at the box office when it comes it. Should have just made it for September.

  9. I’m cautiously optimistic. Unlike other people I don’t hate Michael Bay’s work. I enjoyed the Transformer films for the most part. Given, they spent WAY TOO MUCH DAG GUM TIME on humanity and didn’t develop virtually any Decepticons but it was good action. But I’m not overly enthused about Megan Fox as April. However, I’m actually happy with Fitchner as Shredder. I’m anxious to see how that will look and be.

  10. Michael Bay just likes to rip the top off of my childhood and take a good slimey wet dump into it.

    I won’t pay to see another film of his. Ever.

    • I felt the same way about JJ Abrams after I saw Cloverfield. But I lift the ban (temporarily) to see Star Wars 7. But I already know I won’t like it.

  11. Bay continues with 2 more Transformers movies and 5 Turtles films. He doesn’t need the money. The TV show is going to last for another 8 years with the way Nick is going.

    • Despite how Nick potrayed the Kra-ang(can’t stand the way they talk) and the Technodrome being a hovering orb I’m alright with them dragging it out the way they have been for a season. Nick has surprisingly treated the franchise with respect and actually made it entertaining.

  12. When will TMNT, be out or purchases?