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Is the Ninja Turtles Reboot Dead?

by Justin Bozung

A few weeks ago, it was announced that Paramount shut down production on the new TMNT reboot indefinitely. But what does that really mean? Has the whole project been shut down for good? Well, while many a fan has suggested that this may be the case, that’s probably just wishful thinking. The reality is that they’ve only pushed the release date back six months. Granted, it says something that they decided to go back to the drawing board and work on the script, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the movie isn’t going to happen. When you’re dealing with a property as big as this, chances are that the studios aren’t going to be foolish enough to let it go by the wayside. If they say that they’ve pushed it back six months, you’ve got to expect that production is going to start up again rather soon.

When it comes to Hollywood, this kind of move is nothing new, and usually has more to do with money than anything else. The most accurate reports about this halt of production suggest that Paramount is more concerned about tightening the script than anything else. You see, sometimes script writers can get a little out of control and prepare a product that is a little beyond what the budget calls for. While it’s still entirely possible that they’re cutting aspects of the script that most fans were unhappy with, it’s important to understand that this move probably wasn’t made for the fans, but instead to lower the budget for the film.

The only reason that some journalists are choosing to see this as the death of the film is because a lot of movies have been put on hold as of late. When your average production gets put on hold, chances are just as good that it’ll get canned instead of continuing on. However, I think we all understand that this kind of production is a little bit bigger than your typical film.  The Turtles are still just as popular as ever, with the new Nickelodeon cartoon set for release this fall. Who knows, perhaps Paramount is just waiting to see how well that series does before deciding how much money they’re willing to put into the film. Either way, it’s highly unlikely that this reboot is dead. With a name like Michael Bay behind the project, and taking the popularity of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into consideration, it is my humble opinion that there is no way this production will remain in limbo indefinitely.

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Jimmy Hughes July 3, 2012 - 9:48 pm

since the delay was announced I knew that wasn’t going to be the end of it. In fact I think trying to convince the fans this movie is dead is only going to make the problem worse. the More fans think the Movie is dead the less pressure we’ll be able to put on Michael Bay and Viacom to stop being jackasses and do right by the fans.

admin July 5, 2012 - 2:09 pm

True words spoken from a true fan! Jimmy, I agree with you about the pressure being kept up. But I do believe the script rewrite will tone down this alien business. It cannot be forgotten that Michael Bay is a good and respected director in Hollywood. I guess we have to give him a little faith.

Brianna July 6, 2012 - 6:20 pm

I was disappointed when they showed the commercials because I loved the series that started in 2003

admin July 6, 2012 - 9:05 pm

Brianna, the 2003 series was a special one for many TMNT fans. Thats when the Ninja Turtles were iconic. They still are and this movie should revamp the turtles we love so much back into our lives!!!

Jimmy Hughes July 7, 2012 - 12:52 am

It’s good to hear that other fans really enjoy the 2003 series. Even though it had it’s problem I think that series proved that the Teenage Mutnat Ninja Turtles could be updated in a more seires tone for modern audiences while still never losing the original flavor. A lot of people on the internet think the 80’s series was the only TMNT series and that the turtles can’t be brought to the 21st century without some stupid alteration like this ridiculous alien thing.

Phil Dixon (TURTLE FANATIC) July 7, 2012 - 3:25 pm

Like most fans i was pissed when i heard about the new origin. But once my temper settled i was willing to give it a try since, as with every super hero, a different version come along once in a while and is sometimes better (I.E. Dark Knight series). But the turtles original origin is unique among other heroes.

I also got scared when i heard Bay was at the helm.
Bay did a great job with transformers visually and im ecxited how he will do the turtles in live action. But Bay is known for explosions and big special fx. To me the turtles arent avout that. They are martial artisits and this should be an ultimate martial arts movie. That would correspond to the 2003 series. I believe they wanted aliens so there could be more explosions which, once i went back and wtched them corresponds to the original series. Aliens have been part of Ninja Turtles as far back as the original comics. They have just never been alins them selves.

Plus they are probably marketing this for new fans that have not yet discovered the turtles. The new series is going to be 4 kids (ITS ON NICKALODEAN FOR PITTY SAKE) it is not going to stimulte the mind of the older fans it is going to reach out to children. That may be what Bay is doing too. (which was also like the original cartoons i have recently discoverd having not ssen them in forever and starting to buy the dvds.)

There have been slight changes in the origins in every version of the turtles:

Original Comics- Hamato Yoshi feuded with Oroko Naki for Tang Shen not Oroko Saki. This led saki to kill Yoshi and shen

Original Cartoon- Splinter is Hamato Yoshi there was no mention of Shen(if i remember right) and the mutagen came fro Krang

Original Movies- Saki and Yoshi feuded for Shen and aliens were never introduced.

2000 Live action series-No aliens at my best memory

2003 cartoon series- Shredder is an utrom ho has been on earth for centuries. He killed Yoshi for a different reason.

Current comics- Yosi and Saki feuded for how the foot was run in Feudal Japan (In the Past). Shredder killed Yoshi, Shen and their four sons. The mutagen is from krang and splinter and the turtles are all Reincarnated from their past lives.

So there will always be change and new beginings but personally i may not agree at first but i really dont care IF OT IS TURTLES IM WITH IT. COWABUNGA!!!!!!!!

admin July 9, 2012 - 5:46 pm

Phil, totally love the comment on the history and current TMNT saga. Of course we are always to expect changes over time, but I am still excited to see how the Ninja Turtles will make their way back into the big screen and new shows to come.

Jimmy Hughes July 18, 2012 - 2:18 am

Have to disagree with Phil Dixon (TURTLE FANATIC. The origin in the 2003 series and in the comics is far more similar than he lets on. In the comics the ooze was created by the Ootroms. and in both the comic and the 2003 series Splinter was yoshi’s pet and mutanted after Shredder kills yoshi. One of the things you’ll notice going back to the 2k3 series is that it is the closest thing to the comic outside the comic iself. Peter Laird said “the 4Kids TMNT series, which is, in almost every conceivable way, the show I WANTED to see back in 1987.”

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