Another Live-Action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

Wha–? Another “re-imagining” is gearing up in Lalaland, and this time it’s the heroes in a half-shell that’s getting eyeballed for a “Batman Begins” reboot? It would appear so, at least according to TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, who posted such at the site But don’t waste your time trying to find the original post, because it appears to have already been pulled for whatever reason. Have no fear, though, since once you put something on the Internet, it’s impossible to get rid of it, and thus, here’s the original posting via Comingsoon:

Yes, it is true. Although the CGI film did well enough to warrent a sequel, there has been much talk between Imagi and Warners to do a better “re-invention” (newest Hollywood buzzword) of the TMNT’s, in a live action film–like what was done with Batman. Back to basics, back to the origin and the intro of the Shredder, etc…there have been talks, trips to Northampton to talk to Mr Laird, and discussions with the original “first” TMNT film director Steve Barron to come back and do it right–but no official word yet…will keep you posted. Best, Kevin

So let me get this straight: they’re looking at an expensive reboot of the TMNT franchise, but their big, bright idea is to bring back the original director from the original movie (made in 1990) to do the reboot? Really, guys? If the original was so good that you want to bring back the original director, why are you rebooting it in the first place?

Eh, whatever. My nephew will be happy to hear the news, though. But then again, he’s 4 years old, and something about turtles running around with swords gets him all giggly and such.

FYI: Although the live-action movies have all been pretty silly, the original comics by Eastman and Laird were actually quite adult. I mean, blood and guts and really serious storylines for a comic about, you know, mutant turtles who are also, er, ninjas.

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