Paramount apparently has come to the realization that it’s not the best business practice to greenlight a movie, toss a few $100 million (give or take) into production like drunken sailors, only to realize later on that they have a turd on their hands, thus forcing them to shelf it so the “problems” can be ironed out. This year alone, the studio has had to make the very hard decision to delay three problematic films — “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” “World War Z” and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”.
In the case of “World War Z”, we’re looking at the wholesale rebooting of the entire Third Act. Meanwhile, who knows what the heck is really going on with “Retaliation”. As for “Hansel & Gretel”, I honestly don’t know what Paramount thought they were getting there, but apparently they didn’t like what they got. Did anyone really think “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Friggin Hunters” was going to burn up the box office? At best this movie was destined to either make back is budget just barely or sink like a stone. There was never a mega hit here.
Perhaps showing that even movie studio suits can learn a valuable lesson after three hard swats to the head, Paramount has decided to push back the start date of “Ninja Turtles” in order to make sure the script is ready to shoot, and the budget can be brought down to around $125 million. So instead of a Christmas 2013 release date (still a long ways off), the heroes in a half shell won’t emerge from the sewers of awesomeness until May 2014.
The film was already in pre-production up in Vancouver when Paramount made their decision, and as a result all movement has been halted, and the staff laid off temporarily. No word on what those script issues Paramount is currently having are, but perhaps the recent fanboy furor over making the turtles aliens may have something to do with it. Then again, probably not. The day studios start listening to fanboys is the day we stop getting Westerns that cost $250 million just because it stars Johnny Depp.
You know what would really solve any issues Paramount might have with the reboot? I think what they need is a little ninja rap. Am I right, Mister Vanilla?