Writer Revealed for New Live Action TMNT Film?

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tmnt 2011 Writer Revealed for New Live Action TMNT Film?

With all the announcements leading up to this year’s Comic-Con, it would be easy for a smaller story to get lost in the shuffle. Thankfully, we live in the age of the Internet, where nothing escapes the eyes of diligent fanboys such as the writers of Ninja Pizza, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan-site.

In a recent post, which was picked up by /Film, Ninja Pizza noted that John Fusco (of Young Guns fame) was listed as the screenwriter of the 2011 live-action TMNT film in a recent article for TMNT25.com. Because the article has since been removed (undoubtedly because a proper announcement was not made first), Fusco’s involvement in the film should be seen as speculative. However, it’s about as close to a confirmation as you can get, so let’s start asking ourselves, “What does this mean for TMNT?”

We have previously reported here at Screen Rant that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will likely be a reboot origin story. Does Fusco’s attachment to the project verify that? It’s hard to say. Besides Young Guns, Fusco has written the Viggo Mortensen adventure film Hidalgo, the Val Kilmer thriller Thunderheart, and the Jet Li and Jackie Chan kung-fu film Forbidden Kingdom.

None of these movies in and of themselves say much about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Taken collectively, however, they demonstrate Fusco’s knack for writing action-adventure as well as his interest in martial arts. If a TMNT live-action reboot were to be successful, surely these two elements would have to feature prominently in the script.

What do you think? Is John Fusco the right man to bring the Turtles back to life? Does this news paired with our report of an open casting call for Clan Foot Soldiers get you excited to see a new TMNT film?

A release date for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has not been released, however, the film is scheduled to appear in 2011.

Source: Ninja Pizza via Slash Film

TAGS: teenage mutant ninja turtles

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  1. where did u get that pic, it’s neat!

  2. Loved the turtles growing up and the first turtle movie was well done, the next two stunk. Ifthey stick away from making the turtles CGI and have actual people behind the costumes it may work. I think for a film like this you need to get someone like Peter Jackson, G Del Toro, or even Tim Burton to assist in some way. I am not saying they need to direct, but maybe produce and aid in the cinematography of the film. A film like this needs a visionary mind behind the wheel otherwise it can turn into a big sloppy mess.
    I think that 2 important casts for the movie will be for the characters of April and Kasey. These are the two good human actors in the movie and if they cast good actors to play them it will definetly help the film in the long run.

  3. I hope CGI is allowed in this new Live Action version, ’cause the turtles were always kind of slow on their feet…

  4. They need to take cues from the first film. That movie still holds up to this day and being a kids flick, it was really gritty. It was like an 80s Kung Fu flick but for kids.

  5. I think they should go darker this time round and lessen the “cheeziness” of the series + up the “cool” factor with a lot of mind-blowing over-the-top kung fu action that no “human” can perform even with the help of high wires. They are after all, mutants. They were raised in a sewer by a rat for god’s sake… I don’t think it gets any darker than that. Maintaining the personalities of the turtles from the series on a darker plate should be the challenge.

  6. @Haggislaw
    Glad you like the pic!

    @tasouli
    The producer of the film has said previously that they will be using a combination of live-action and CGI for the Turtles. I agree with you that Guillermo del Toro would be a good addition to the film. He knows how to do action, and I think his track record on creature features speaks for itself. Of course, it won’t happen, but we can still dream.

  7. YAY! I heart the turtles. All 3 live action movies were good (the first was the best) and i even enjoyed the animated “TMNT”. Looking forward to this movie

  8. Can’t wait for this! My sister and I used to rent the first movie and watch it on a Friday night and then about 4 times in a row Saturday morning! Can they figure out a way to get Tony Jaa in a turtle suit????

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