TMNT Remake Hires Iron Man Writing Duo

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Everyone’s favorite heroes in a half-shell now have a scribe, or more accurately scribes, to write their new movie. Heatvision reports that the team of Art Marcum and Matt Holloway have signed to write the script for the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” remake that Platinum Dunes is producing for Paramount. The pair have established some nerd-centric credentials recently with “Iron Man” and “Punisher: War Zone”, not to mention the upcoming “Buck Rodgers” and “Highlander” revamps.

The turtles have already been seen in movie and cartoon form since being first published in 1984 and starting out as a parody of Frank Miller’s ninja-filled “Daredevil” run, Chris Claremont’s angst-filled “Uncanny X-Men” run and Dave Sim’s anthropomorphic “Cerebus.” At its height in the late 1980s and early 1990’s, the characters became a worldwide phenomenon.

If the script grows up big and strong all parties involved would like to find a director and begin production next year. I took my second date ever to see the TMNT movie in the theater (I took my first date to “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”), and as someone who grew up with the turtles, I want this to be good, but I can’t help but be skeptical. To put it mildly I have a troubled relationship with Platinum Dunes and their remakes. But I can’t help but be a little excited, and my fingers are crossed for a Vanilla Ice cameo.

Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
  • ULIK

    All I gotta say is, if that’s true then it’ll be good. Marvel Studios better hire those guys back to do Iron Man 3 cuz Justin Therauex hacked Iron Man 2.

  • The Strongest There Is

    All you need for a good turtles movie is love for the material. THE ORIGINAL MATERIAL! I can’t for the life of me understand why they don’t go back to the original comics in this day we live in. The Age of the Anti-Hero. Go back to the one color headbands and grow it out to the different colors and rebirth the characters into their colors. We’ve never gotten the whole story on how they turned out like they did. I.E. Donatello as a Techy, Leonardo – Cyclops poster child ripoff. (jk).

    I just really miss my turtles having fun by cursing and nearly bleeding to death in their battles against triceratops aliens. Oh and god knows we need Jean Claude Van Damme as the rat king LOL! OKay okay in all seriousness, I think these writers will do a good job, but (it hurts me to say this) all that’s left to make these guys new is the darker edge that they use to have. We’ve seen every other angle. Bring back shredder and the Grit and Grind of the first movie. add in a little blood some wu ping/donnie yen choreography team and a slice of Director who knows when to shut up and not think he created the turtles therefore adding in unneeded bullshit I.E. Louis L making Abomination look and work like Doomsday.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I agree with everything you’re saying, but it won’t happen that way. TMNT has been turned into and has been a family friendly product for so long we’ll never get the dark, brooding badass turtles of the original black and white comics. The reason why I loved the 2002 reboot of the series was that they took the essence of those stories and even some of the dialogues and arcs and charatcers and made them shine even though it was saturday morning tv. Now a darker PG-13 version I’d love to see. Something like “TMNT” but with a bit more action adn DEFINITELY NEED THE SHREDDER! I lvoed the 2002 series version of Shredder even though he ended up being an alien (weird but the fleshed the story out well) he was sick. Beat the Turtles in almost every encounter, and they got battered and bruised. I like the idea of learning how they got to be who they are though. But take the reboot as a template and then go from there.

    As for L.L. he did okay by me with ABomination, except they could have at least given him pointy ears. Had he looked the way he did in the comics it would be a bit cheesy. But the reasoning behind the look of his change was solid and made sense in the confines of the film and mythology. Had they went the Ang lee route and said there was reptile DNA in the serum then maybe I could see him looking like the comic.

  • Adam Spencer

    The 1990 TMNT is a classic. It was the darkest TMNT until the CGI cartoon. I can only imagine a remake would dumb it down, and be filled with crappy over-the-top editing and effects.

  • The Strongest There Is

    I just dont like the fact that he wasn’t green enough and the bones protruding did make him look like doomsday. The movie was good, don’t get me wrong, but it hits me like the problems with Wolverine. There was a key moment where the entire direction of the film changed and all because of someone’s negligence to tell a good story. Them spending all the time making a love story in wolverine closed off the entire weapon x program and made one of the most key moments in the characters history last 2 minutes if that. If they had cut that craptastic love story they could have stuck with weapon x and the hunt for wolverine without the adamantium bullet, kept deadpool in tact and played more off of the strengths of the early goings in the script ie the the relationship between creed and logan, the indispensable awesomeness of the team and the traitor, and the overall extent of wolverine becoming who he is.

    You know me ded. Im all about story and comics aren’t written in stone and sometimes need to be changed for the big screen. I admit all this. But by making Abomination grey they took away the main reason Hulk has a problem with the character. People think Abomination is the Hulk, For Hulk who wants to be left alone, thats a problem. They still incorporated it a little but other than the shot of hulk in the helicopter flames the entire scene could have been removed. Blonsky going Abom earlier and putting Betty in danger would have made for a much better focus point for the last act and still could have ended with the hulk tossing abomination at ross with much more power. Abomination is a monster but he still worked with the govt even after going rogue just so he could get a piece of the hulk. I am probably sounding quite geek right now, but I still think that sometimes people forget that if they stick to at least some of the script they will make more money with a better story than a ripoff collection of cliched one liners and explosions. God i do love explosions. keep explosions but make them count with good story telling.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Oh I understand the Doomsday thing, I felt the same way but I don’t really see him as grey. But thats just me. As for Wolverine I won’t touch the what ifs of that flick, but the love story was sort of necessary as it is a major part of who Logan is. It was unfortunately poorly handled. Very poorly.

  • Zabelzerolp

    YES Finally another Movie.

  • TURTS

    All i can say is they better not jack it up cause The Turtles are an ICON of the late 80 and early 90 till Now. So don’t screw it up!