'TMNT' Reshoots Underway; Michael Bay Debunks Delay Rumors

Since its announcement, there has been a lot of skepticism and controversy surrounding Jonathan Liebesman's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Die-hard fans of the TMNT graphic novels and animated shows got behind the idea of an updated live-action film series but the attachment of Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes' production house was, for many, a high profile red flag. After all, while Bay's Transformers adaptations have grossed billions at the box office, they also presented a number of contentious changes that upset (and still irk) die-hard fans.

For that reason, potential viewers have been hyper-vigilant, and for understandable reason, about the ongoing production of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, rolling their eyes at the casting of Megan Fox as April O'Neil and raging when rumors of an "alien" origin story were first reported. Yet, the last few months have given some Shell Heads reason to be optimistic - as Paramount Pictures revealed their redesigned Turtles at Toy Fair 2014 and debuted the first TMNT trailer.

Not everyone was sold but some fans became slightly more open to Liebesman's adaptation. Then came rumors that the movie was undergoing extensive reshoots, close to 1/3 of the film, which would result in a delay to Holiday 2014 - once again causing fans to question whether Bay and Liebesman were off track.

Like a lot of reports on the Internet, the original Geeks of Doom rumor was slightly exaggerated and we're now getting word that Fox was simply called back to set for pickup reshoots - which, for those who don't typically follow film productions, are relatively commonplace. Minor reshoots are often necessary once a director begins editing the film - for a myriad of potential reasons.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer

Liebesman may simply want to collect additional performance options for a key scene or he could be adding lines of exposition to help remedy problematic (or edited out) portions of the storyline. For example, should the director have needed to cut a scene that helps flesh out a principle character (for the sake of runtime), he might be using the reshoots to adjust the narrative accordingly and ensure that the same info is included somewhere else.

In response to the original delay rumor and photos of Fox back on set, the official Michael Bay website confirmed that any reshoots would not affect the current August 8th release date.

Check out the tweet below:

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