We first heard word that we'd be getting a new film version - as well as a new CGI animated cartoon series - of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles last October when Nickelodeon bought all the rights to the franchise. Back in May, it was announced that Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes had come aboard to co-produce the TMNT reboot along with Nickelodeon and Paramount.
Since the project was being fast-tracked it was clear that the announcement of a director and a writer would soon follow. Fast-forward a few months and Deadline is reporting that Paramount has hired writing duo Art Marcum and Matt Holloway to pen the TMNT reboot.
You may not know their names and they haven't done a ton of stuff, but Marcum and Holloway were two of four people who co-wrote a certain little superhero movie called Iron Man (you may have heard of it). They also co-wrote Punisher: War Zone, the reboot/sequel starring Ray Stevenson, and they have just written another reboot in the form of Highlander (and here's me thinking "there can be only one").
The duo may not be the most experienced writers in the world, but at least they've worked on some pretty big stuff, making them at least suited (if not exactly perfect) for reinventing the Ninja Turtles for the big-screen.
The key word here is "reboot" as Marcum and Holloway have been paid, "close to $1 million to reimagine a new release of the live action feature Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Paramount is fast-tracking things indeed, as the studio wants a first draft from the duo by this October so that they can start looking for directors to get the film made in plenty of time for its aimed 2012 release.
I'm glad that they're trying to reinvent the TMNT film franchise since the movies in the '90s (as well the 2007 animated movie) were more kids movies than anything else - I enjoyed the hell out of them when I was at that age, but now so much now. Will this live-action reboot veer closer to the darker and more violent original comics by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird? I, for one, certainly hope so.
Let's have less "Kowabunga, dude!" and more cool Ninja Turtles just kicking ass and taking names.
You can expect the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot sometime in 2012.