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.
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.