Every once in awhile you hear news that in your wildest dreams you would have never predicted. Today is one of those days.
Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes (Brad Fuller and Andrew Form) are going to produce the live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon! Yes, Platinum Dunes. The guys who make hard R horror movies. Their most recent movie is A Nightmare on Elm Street! More after the jump:
According to Deadline’s story, the producers are meeting with writers in the near future. Which means the project is still in the very early stages.
What is not in the story is what kind of tone they’re going for. Since TMNT is clearly aimed at kids and selling toys, if this is still the plan for the property, this will mark a huge departure for Platinum Dunes.
When we last reported on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the plan was for Paramount to release the movie in 2011 and they were planning on using men in suits like the previous films. Also, the production was thinking about using the same face replacement technology that helped make that Where the Wild Things Are look so damned fabulous. Perhaps they still will.
The other thing to know is Viacom (which owns Paramount and Nickelodeon) paid $60 million for the rights to TMNT, which means they are going to get this film made no matter what. More as we hear it.
So what do you all think about the news? Can you imagine Michael Bay’s name in front of TMNT!?