Reports have been coming in saying that Paramount has decided to push the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle reboot back about 10 weeks. That means we will have to wait until May 16, 2014 to see Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo again on the big screen. Or, perhaps I should say we will have to wait until May 16, 2014 to see Bay to ruin our childhoods even further.
There are two different reasons for the delay of Ninja Turtles. Apparently, the script is not what the studio hoped it would be. Honestly, how hard is it to screw up a script about mutated turtles and their talking rat master? (Of course, this is the same guy who introduced racial stereotypes into a movie about Hasbro toys.) Another reason for the delay is budget concerns. The budget is currently around $135 – $140 million, and Paramount is hoping to lower that to around $125 million.
Paramount Feeling the Pressure
Things are not looking good for Paramount. With G.I. Joe: Retaliation being pushed back nine months for 3-D conversion and re-shoots, and World War Z getting a script re-write, it seems like the studio is trying to play it safe with Ninja Turtles. Whether or not this will hurt Paramount in the long run is hard to tell.
Undisclosed-Aged Non-Mutant Alien Turtle-Like Creatures That May or May Not be Ninjas
Fanboys and fangirls of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise will remember back in March when Bay dropped the bombshell that the heroes in a half-shell are actually “turtles from an alien race.” It made us wonder if Bay was starting to turn into George Lucas and putting aliens in places that don’t need aliens (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, anyone?). But Bay assures us that the new versions of the turtles will be “tough, edgy, fun and completely lovable,” and “kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist.” But will they still love pizza?
Ninja Turtles is being produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) with a script by Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and André Nemec (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol).
What do you think of the reboot? Are aliens a good idea, or overplayed? Is Paramount taking too much of a risk? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Cowabunga, Dudes!