‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Reboot Won’t Include Casey Jones?

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Platinum Dunes’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie reboot has come a ways, since the early script draft – featuring such dubious elements as a re-imagined Shredder (now, Colonel Schrader) and the infamous alien origin story for the Turtles – leaked online and caused the people behind the project to spend the subsequent months back-peddling like mad, lest they sink deeper into the quagmire of a discontented fanbase.

Since then, everyone from producer Michael Bay (currently directing Transformers: Age of Extinction) to cast members Alan Ritchson (Raphael) and William Fichtner (Eric Sachs, a.k.a. the new Shredder) have offered assurances to fans that the old script has been tossed; and, more importantly, that the TMNT live-action movie reboot will exceed any low expectations they might have. Unfortunately for them, today’s story on the subject probably won’t help with their cause.

Geek Tyrant (via Comic Book Movie) is reporting a source close to the project has informed the site that Casey Jones – the Turtles’ frequent alley and a masked vigilante in his own right – will not make an appearance in the TMNT reboot, despite the character being present in the aforementioned early script draft. Instead, April O’Neal’s (Megan Fox) cameraman in the film, Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett), will get his screen time beefed up, so that he may fill the spot traditionally occupied by Casey in the Turtles’ entourage.

This make sense, given that we’ve yet to hear about an actor having been cast as the Turtles’ hockey mask-wearing friend in the reboot. Not to mention, Arnett has said that his version of the Fenwick character will be an ally to April and Co (a la Casey). As opposed to, an amoral stooge who often attempts to take the credit for April’s hard work, as featured in a number of previously-released TMNT comic books and cartoon series.

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Elias Koteas in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III’

Casey – played by Elias Koteas in the 1990 live-action TMNT movie (and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III) and voiced by Chris Evans in the computer-animated TMNT – has often served as the Han Solo of the cinematic Turtles universe, bringing more self-awareness to the proceedings while also being a lovable trouble-maker in his own right. Arnett as Fenwick, however, sounds like over the top comic relief, similar to Sam’s (Shia LaBeouf) roomie Leo (Ramon Rodriguez) in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

In fact, with Bay producing and Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) directing, chances are the TMNT reboot won’t stray so far from the formula behind the Transformers movie series (generally speaking). The combination of questionable casting decisions and character exclusions and/or re-imaginings – with modern-day action cinema style and martial arts choreography – gives all the more reason to think the film will be a flashy, but hollow experience, like other Platinum Dunes features.

TMNT‘s enduring popularity (as a brand name) should help to ensure that this attempt to emulate Transformers‘ box office success pans out alright; at the least, better than when Disney attempted to replicate its Pirates of the Caribbean hit with The Lone Ranger (to use a recent example). But will it play well enough with fans to pave the way for additional installments, is the bigger question. (After all, franchise building is the name of the game nowadays.)


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

Source: Geek Tyrant [via Comic Book Movie]

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  1. So far, even though they backed off the original script, I still disagree with pretty much every decision they have made so far (that we are aware of).

  2. I’m one of the people who, since first being outraged that the turtles were aliens, have been hesitant to keep bashing the film and am trying to wait until it’s done to judge it (I don’t like hating for hating’s sake, like many people on the internet).

    Unfortunately, the news that keeps coming out about this film (totally changed Shredder, no Casey Jones and Vernon taking his place) doesn’t help the case that they’re not trying to change things too much from the original story.

    It seems like a lose-lose for the fans. If the film doesn’t do well, then chances for a film more true to the roots are all but gone. And if it does do well, then it’s possible that they’ll keep making changes they think are good, but will leave the fans upset.

    Oh well, at least we’ll always have the original film. I had a smile from ear to ear watching that movie in the cinema as a kid, and it still holds up to this day.

    • agreed

    • however if the film is “good” then maybe the sequel may get better and Casey is introduced.

  3. Link for the article you said alley instead of ally.

    • My bad, thanks for the catch!

  4. Maybe Vernon will still act as an ally but Casey will be cast in any potential sequels?

    I imagine the Turtles themselves and Shredder need to have their origins played out before introducing other characters and elements.

  5. Don’t mind the exclusion of Jones. If they do something similar to the cartoon on right now and bring him back for the second installment, I’d be cool with it.

  6. I don’t mind that he’s not in it. So far the only thing about the reboot I don’t like is Megan Fox being in it. People complain about William Fichtner playing Shredder, but the guy is an amazing actor so whatever they do for it he’ll kill it. Dying to see what the turtles look like. More so then the story or acting, the turtles need to look real or the film will suck.

    • I don’t think the casting is bad, apart from, like you said, Megan Fox. Usually I wait to see what they offer to the role but I mean, c’mon aha. Another negative would have to be Jonothan Liebesman, haven’t liked any of his past films. The writers are really ‘whatever’ for me too. It’s just everything that’s backing this film that gets me urked to be honest. It’s obvious what kind of film they’re going for.

    • They’re complaining because Shredder is supposed to be Japanese and it is a key element of his character.

    • I don’t think anyone has a problem with Fichtner as an actor. The problem is with the fact that they’ve completely obliterated any semblance of the actual Shredder. You know, Oruki Saki. That, in turn, completely negates the relationship between Splinter and Shredder. Which in turn completely disregards the entire premise of Shredders’ hate for the turtles. So yea, it’s not Fichtner that is the problem.

      • I understand the “He’s not Japanese, not the real Shredder” argument, and it’s a good point. The way I look at it is Oruki Saki is, or was, a person in the world of the movie and the character Fichtner plays is related somehow, ether by family or association, and carries on his vendetta against Splinter. If they even use that as a focus of the movie. I’ve been reading the comics and watching the shows all my life but if they want to switch it up a little bit I’ll take it. If Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird are really behind what they’re doing it can’t be nearly as bad as everyone thinks it’s going to be.

      • I have those exact same concerns, but I guess we’ll see how it turns out. I’m hoping they can make it relevant somehow, but right now I have my doubts.

        This isn’t the first time that a character of a certain race has been reshaped for the sake of convenience (or star power).

        • The only down side to Fichtner playing the role is it means he probably won’t be as physical as Shredder usually is. He’s up there in years so he can’t be doing those action scenes. Unless he gets a stunt double in the armor, which would be amazing. I’m seriously thinking they’ll go the technology rout and give him a huge battle suit to fight. It’s actually pretty exciting to think about.

    • Tracheotomy Man making his big screen debut in your Turtles movie? Awesome! Thanks for informing us, ‘Splosion Man.

  7. Well. they’re making a Turtles reboot movie without Shredder so why am I not surprised it won’t feature Casey Jones.

    Every piece of news that comes from this production just keeps getting worse and worse. By the time the movie is released I’ll be surprised if the Turtles themselves even make an appearance.

    • Why would leaving Casey out be a bad thing? Like I said, save him for a future movie, otherwise you have no stories to tell if you throw everything in there just because.

      I liked GI Joe: Rise Of Cobra, although only for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s voice at the end once that mask went on.

    • You forgot to mention the Masters of the Universe reboot.

  8. Live action Gargoyles…….

  9. F you Casey Jones.. Who needs you?

  10. I’m sorry, you GOTTA have Casey Jones. Bay, you’re an idiot.

  11. I’m just hoping that this is a ploy to get the hardcore TMNT fans of the producers’ back. For instance, they build all this hype about Will Arnett’s character but when the movie comes out there is a Casey Jones; a Casey Jones that’s not as good as he’s supposed to be but one that’ll keep the fans and audience satisfied. On a different note, any news about Master Splinter?

  12. No no, & just…NO. Taking out the alien angle helped but the fact that Megan fox is in this killed it for me in the first place. Now we’re renaming core characters and leaving out others to make new bloated ‘see em and easily forget em’ characters? No thank you, I’ll pass.

    Guess what Hollywood: you can relaunch something (if you absolutely have to – something they are getting lazy & falling back on way too much in current years in my opinion) without gutting the darn franchise of the very things that made it lovable/recognizable in the first place.

  13. If there is no sequel, I mind. But if there is a sequel then it’s no big deal b/c he can show up in pt 2 or pt 3 for that matter. I like him, but he’s in no way detrimental to the turtle’s story insomuch as their origin goes.

  14. If Vernon replaces Casey I will drag Michael Bay into the street and flog him.

    • im so pissed casey jones isnt on it, he makes the movie and was my all time favorite, figures, this is bullcrap i knew he wouldnt be ,,always a let down with this generation, just like they should have made a mortal kombat sequal but nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo this generation sucks

  15. well, when this movie sinks like the turd it is, hopefully the next time will be taken by a childhood fan, or somebody like zack snyder who prides him self on remaining true to the material. i dont know how you could have an awesome story about underworld ninjas, mutants and think how could we turn this into tranformers. we need a dark, bloody, urban, gritty ninja turtles that remains true to the feel of the comic, but includes some elements of the cartoon. like vernon bakster, the rat king. shredder even came back to life as a demonic snake creature. so many ways to go with this this, but what we will get is the men in black treatment, with a theme song by blink 182 or what ever that whiney guy is that does the transformers music. let me direct it and you will have a hardcore, punk rock driven movie full of social satire and bone smashing violence, with some turtle on anchorwoman innaproapriate moments. haha.

    • I agree

  16. Colonel Schrader? Totally frigging lame

  17. Hey now, April assistant was decent for a person but he can’t give as much action as Casey Jones did. So I say Jones needs to be in the movie not Fenwick, besides without Casey there’s no extra action for when the turtles need help especially since Cases uses some pretty cool weapons and skills and has a really cool attitude too.
    So I say you should skip Fenwick and put Casey in or use both.