TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Reboot Delayed to Address Script Issues

     June 15, 2012


By now my reaction to a major Paramount film being pushed back to address major issues has become “classic Paramount!”  After pushing G.I. Joe: Retaliation back nine months in order to post-convert the film to 3D and revive Channing Tatum and then hiring Damon Lindelof to rewrite the Brad Pitt-fronted zombie pic World War Z ahead of massive reshoots and production problems, Paramount has now delayed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot (retitled Ninja Turtles) in order to address script issues.  Originally slated for release in December 2013, the Michael Bay-produced reboot has now been pushed to May 16th, 2014 assuming these issues can be resolved.  Hit the jump for more.

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-movieFans have been watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot closely throughout its development, mainly because Michael Bay is involved.  Wrath of the Titans director Jonathan Liebesman is onboard to direct, and recent comments from Bay hinting at an origin story change for the beloved characters was not exactly met with a warm reception.  Liebesman cleared things up a bit by promising that they’re being faithful to the origin story while expanding the mythology with TMNT comics co-creator Kevin Eastman’s involvement.

Things were on track to start filming later this year with a possible motion-capture element, but THR reports that Paramount has shut pre-production down.  The studio has informed those prepping the film that the work stoppage is “indefinite,” though another source tells THR that the movie has simply been pushed 10 weeks.  Whatever the case, the issue is said to be the script.  Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol scribes Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec were tapped to pen the script early on, but it’s unknown if they’ll be handling the rewrites or if Paramount will bring someone new onboard.

Jonathan_Liebesman-TMNT-Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-movieThough it’s discouraging (and ultimately expensive) to see so many projects being pushed back/reshot/rewritten when they’re already so far along in the development process—or, as is the case with World War Z, in the freaking can—the positive here is that the studio has learned that rushing things into production doesn’t make for the best quality of product.  We live in an age where release dates are announced before a single word of a film’s script has been written, so from the starting gate the creatives involved are feeling immense pressure and scrambling to finish in time.  Director Gary Ross flat out declined to play the game when he dropped out of directing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire after the studio insisted on rushing the film into production in order to make its November 2013 release date.

Hopefully these steps will make for a better product when these films eventually come out, but in the case of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles there’s no guarantee that the project will continue to move forward.  Unlike G.I. Joe and World War Z, production has yet to begin so Paramount may decide to scrap the project altogether or start anew.  We should hear news one way or the other sooner rather than later.

  • nkutzler

    The script issue are all over the first page- The title should be “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and Michael Bay shouldn’t be a producer.
    Oh, and any time “alien” is mentioned, that page should be deleted.

    • Ryder

      I’m getting tired of typing this and saying it to ignorant people so i’ll say it again:


      Bottom line.

      there’s no more room for discussion.

      Michael Bay just doesn’t know how to talk/explain.

      • Drew

        But that’s not what Bay is talking about. He specifically stated the Turtles were now aliens.

      • Mrtigerthunder

        Bay also hinted that there might possible be a planet of “Ninja Turtles”. >.>

        Bay= annoying and greedy sob, plain and simple.

  • Ash Talon

    The ooze that mutated them from normal turtles was of alien origin. At least it was from a company that was a front for aliens on earth. So many TMNT fans apparently don’t even know this part of their origin. It’s in the early comics, so it’s totally appropriate for a film.

    The fact that they’re reducing the title to just “Ninja Turtles” is idiotic, though.

  • Lance

    Get Michael Bay off this production! He’s probably the reason the original script is so messed up, because of changes he demanded!

  • AlexHeyNa

    It’s a Michael Bay movie. There’s always going to be script issues.

  • Griz

    Awww . . . .Man . . . i was looking forward to laughing my ass off when they discovered the script issues after they FINISHED shooting the movie.

  • Rockslide

    I’m just glad that companies are starting to take a good look at scripts and progress before they throw a movie into theaters. The more studios take their time to actually create a good product, the better off we all are.

  • CanIHaveASlice?

    I have a hard time caring about this movie or the state it’s in. I’m a lifelong TMNT fan (Donatello all the way), but I’m not one of the angry, salty variety that is calling for Michael Bay’s head. Once the movie was announced and I heard the names involved, I kindly turned my attention elsewhere. I think it’s a long shot that I’ll enjoy this film, if it ever comes to be, so I’ve tried to put it out of my mind.

  • Strong Enough

    Exodus 23:1

  • Matt

    It is a Michael Bay production. Why does it need a script?

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  • SheldonCooper

    Ok, I don’t get the Michael Bay hate. Transformers was good. ALL of them. None of you basement dwellers could do any better, or even as good, so stop acting like you have talent. None of you work in movies, if you could you would so you can’t so shut up.

    Also, what’s the big deal about calling it “Ninja Turtles”?! We’ve all been calling it Ninja Turtles for short since the 80′s, so again, shut the fuck up! It’s a better title than just TMNT and I don’t remember you womanless retards whining then.

    In the words of the immortal William Shatner, “Get a life!”

    • Mikey

      Read that last post in the Raphael voice from the 2003 TV series and its hilarious!

      Cool down, Raph, cool down…

  • Ariies

    I’m a serious turtle fan. I have no problems with them calling it Ninja Turtles. I’m 29 now and they have been teenages since i was 1 years old. It’s time for them to grow up, get a job, a woman, have little turtles of their own, or something along those lines. The ninja turtle universe is so large. In one part, they were aliens(not that i’m condoning a movie about it). We should just wait and see what happens. THEN we can be pissed!

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