It's hard to know how to feel about the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. On the one hand, those who fell in love with the original comics and TV show have every reason to be excited by the prospect of another big-budget movie based on the property. One the other hand, it's being produced by Michael Bay (Transformers) and directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Battle Los Angeles) with Megan Fox playing April O'Neil, all of which are factors that put some TMNT fans off the idea.
As a reboot, TMNT is something of a box office risk for Platinum Dunes, which may be one of the reasons that it was recently shunted back to a slightly quiet August 2014 release date as opposed to the June release that it was previously slated for. Filming has been underway for a while and although there have been a few candid shots taken during location shoots, it's generally difficult to get a look at actual built sets aside from images approved by the studio.
To pass the time while TMNT fans nervously await the film's release, however, a small glimpse into the world of Liebesman's Turtles briefly made its way onto the internet. Latino Review got a birthday present in the form of some photos from the studio set of TMNT, which show where Donatello (Jeremy Howard), Michaelangelo (Noel Fisher), Leonardo (Peter Ploszek and Raphael (Alan Ritchson) spend their days when they're not out fighting Shredder/Colonel Schrader (William Fichtner).
As LR predicted, the site was quickly hit with an order from Platinum Dunes to remove the photos, so those who were unfortunate enough not to get to them in time may just have to use their imaginations, based on our description of the many things that we saw. One word that could definitely be used to describe the home base is 'cluttered,' but in an artful way that will probably end up looking quite good on camera.
First of all, the images reveal a sponsorship deal with Pizza Hut, as the Turtles have a sofa that is very conspicuously made out of Pizza Hut boxes. That's perhaps to be expected, since simply having pizza boxes with a generic made-up brand name would have meant missing out on valuable product placement dollars. Still, at the risk of starting a faction war, better Pizza Hut than Domino's.
Sticking with the subject of furniture, a second image featured a haphazard bank of monitors that are presumably used by Donatello to spot crime going on overhead, and these are accompanied by an office chair made out of skateboards - it's even on skateboard wheels to aid in easy maneuvering. The guys also own the two staples of ultimate cool: a beanbag chair and a disco ball. The set designers really do deserve some applause for this effort, since they've effectively recreated the general look of a teenager's bedroom right down to the posters, the model airplane and the stolen parking meter.
If you managed to see the images before they were taken down and remember spotting something that we missed, let your fellow Ranters know about it in the comments. Everyone else, tell us how you feel about Pizza Hut being the new brand name on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' favorite source of nutrition.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will open in theaters on August 8th, 2014.
Source: Latino Review
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