Live-Action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Reboot is Officially Happening

The last time we heard about someone wanting to dive back into the sewers and reboot those chop sockying, pizza eating teenage mutant ninja turtles, it was September of last year, and since then we haven’t heard much about the proposed reboot. Well drop your linen and start your grinnin’ turtle fans, because it’s happening. Yup, The Mirage Group, which owns the rights to the property, really are moving forward with a reboot of the franchise.

According to Variety, The Mirage Group and producer Scott Mednick are eyeballing a 2011 release date. The movie, which would mark the fifth installment in the franchise, would retell the origins of its turtle heroes, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael, who were just ordinary turtles until they stepped into some radioactive green ooze. The reboot would also focus on the turtles’ master Splinter, a rat who learned martial arts while, er, watching his human owner practicing, then taught his mutated turtles. I know, silly, but it worked in a comic book, and sorta worked to in the first movie.

The last time the turtles were on the big screen it was 2007 and completely CG. That movie was about invading aliens or something. I stopped caring about the turtles around the same time they time traveled back to ancient Japan and dressed up as Samurais, but no one noticed. Yeah, that’s how crazy it got there for a while. Maybe this reboot will change all that. Doubtful. It is, after all, still about a bunch of pizza eating mutated teenage turtles. With swords.

Look for the rad dudes in a half shell to return in 2011.

Below: Eye masks are good for hiding secret identities. Not so much when you’re mutated teenage turtles.