Jonathan Liebesman to Direct Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot

Jonathan LiebesmanLooks like everyone’s favorite sewer-dwelling, pizza-eating, and mask-wearing heroes in a half-shell is finally making progress on getting back to the big screen. And not a moment too soon, too. Hey, if those damn Smurfs can make it big, why can’t battling turtle teenage ninjas?

That’s where “Battle: Los Angeles” director Jonathan Liebesman comes in. The director, who recently wrapped the “Clash of the Titans” sequel, “Wrath of the Titans”, is now in final talks to board the reboot for producer Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes shingle.

The film would follow four innocent turtles living in he sewers that are accidentally doused with a green ooze that turns them into teenager-sized turtles. And thanks to their rat sensei, the turtles — Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello –- learn the art of the ninja and become crimefighters. They get able assist from news reporter April O’Neill and a hockey player turned vigilante named Casey Jones. Although the movies and TV shows were mostly for kids, and got progressive more kid-friendly (if such a thing was even possible) with each passing iteration, the original comic books by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird from which the TMNT originated were pretty adult.

The first “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie surfaced in 1990 and was a big hit. It spawned two sequels, 1991’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze” and 1993’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III”, which sent the turtles back in time. I guess sending them into space was out of the question. Besides attempts at an ongoing cartoon TV series, including the most recent “Turtles Forever”, there was a 2007 CG movie called “TMNT”. So yes, the turtles have always been with us, even if you didn’t necessary know it.

Liebesman will direct the reboot from a script by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, who took over scripting duties from John Fusco. The reboot has been officially on the plate since 2009.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) Movie Image

Via : THR