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



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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Bring it on! And Nix, there were only the two attempts to bring the franchise to tv in animated form. Both were successful. The original 80′s version of course and then the 2002 reboot that was closer to the original Eastman and Laird comics, which spun off into Fast-Forward, and then conintued on in Back to the sewers and culminated in “Turtles Forever.” They had different titles but all the series were connected including the “Lost Episodes” which was the original third season for the show. Liebsman looks to have corrected the banality of the “Clash” remake so I have faith in him with the turtles. Just go gritty with some humor but nothing over the top. Bring back Shredder, and the Foot, and bring in Karai!

  • Juggernaut

    I was a fan of the 80′s cartoon and even liked the first live action movie. The second was all Vanilla Iced up so obviously that was dreadful. After that I lost interest. I really liked the ultra-realistic fan art that surfaced a few months back. I’d definately check out something with that tone and art style.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      I could be wrong, but wasn’t the second movie where the turtles never even used their weapons at all?

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        You are correct sir. Donny used a mop handle, Mikey used sausage links or Peporoni. Can’t recall what they did for Raph and Leo.

        • imrickjames

          Wow! I never even noticed that as a kid. Love it none the less as it holds a special place for me being the first movie I saw in theaters. Between the ages of 4 and 10 I must have watched Part one and two over 1000 times, never liked the third one though.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Third one sucked! TMNT is my Third entry in that film franchise. And actually if you go back and watch cartoons from then they didn’t start actually showing people hit each other until Batman: The Animated series and Spiderman:The Animated Series. Everyone always judo threw people or used some thing in the environment.

  • Juggernaut

    Here are some of the other pics from the collection

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Yeah I saw those! They are currently working on a new CGI show, and they should’ve gone closer to those pics, or at least a more stylized version of the designs they used in “TMNT”

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix
      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        I remember. I wish they had some full body shots!

      • Juggernaut

        Yeah, those were awesome! I saved them and had them as my wallpaper for a while.

  • Logan

    oh man, an adult version of the TMNT?! be still my beating heart…

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I really wish someone would take the franchise forward and have them finally grow up. Image comics had a decent series that moved them forward. it was pretty dark.

      • Juggernaut

        That would be cool. More grizzled, battle hardened, vets. Splinter on his deathbed. Have Casey Jones almost like Bruce from TDKR! That would be awesome.
        Speaking of moving a franchise forward and making a series darker, any word on the Mortal Kombat film from the web series director anyone???

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Nothing yet on MK. I think he’s working the script out for the theatrical. I think it will be a cross between what we got originally for Rebirth and the closer to the game stories for Legacy but with some more streamlining and tweaking.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Actually was thinking the same thing escept I’d have Casey and April more active like in TMNT and the later episodes of the recent Turtles toon. They’d be the turtles eyes and ears on the surface. Speaking of grizzled and battle hardened I came across this interestingly enough. Check out his other pics too. That Batman Beyond is sweet!
          http://cghub.com/images/view/75941/

          • Juggernaut

            Very cool! I saw the Batman beyond one on another site the other day. If they decide to do another Batman franchise after Nolan’s run (which, let’s face it, they are) they should definately go for a version of Batman Beyond. It would be the freshest idea. Another rehashing of the same old stuff wouldn’t work in my opinion.
            Clint Eastwood as Bruce, Steven Strait as Terry McGuiness, Shay Mitchell as Dana Tan, Rhianna as Max Gibson, blithe Danner as Barbara Gordon

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            The only way I can see doing more Batman films not set in the Beyond timeline is to do something along the lines of Arkham Asylum or Arkham City. They stuck very close to the roots of the comics, and yet it has a realistic feel to it.
            Sent on the go!

  • NICE_GUY

    YES!