‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2’ Director Dave Green on Transitioning to Big Budget Fare

     June 3, 2016

 

Dave Green’s directorial debut Earth to Echo established his ability to tell stories with heart and a throwback feel. Now the filmmaker has taken on one of the summer’s biggest films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. 

A follow up to the Michael Bay-produced 2014 reboot, the action comedy follows the Turtles as they battle their enemy The Shredder (Brian Tee) and a mad scientist (Tyler Perry), who begin creating their own band of mutants Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly).Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Stephen Amell and Laura Linney also star in the film.

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Green’s vision is fresh and fun – giving a welcomed spin on the beloved series. He also pulls standout performances from comic talents like Arnett and Williams by playing on their ability to improvise while allowing veteran dramatic actors like Linney to indulge in the lightness of the material.


In my video interview with the promising talent, he discussed his early fascination with blockbusters and love for the Turtles franchise. Green also spoke about meeting the demands required of a big scale project and how his vast experience in the low budget sphere made him understand filmmaking better.

Dave Green:

  • Updating the series for a modern audience while staying true to what they love about the franchise.
  • His own Turtles fandom and the nostalgia he felt while working on the flick.
  • How his background as a music video and short film director prepared him for the production.
  • Adjusting to the demands of a major studio film.
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