Megan Fox Discusses ‘Out of the Shadows’ at CinemaCon
Say what you will about Megan Fox, but I think it’s safe to say that she has solidified her role as April O’Neil. Quite a few fans were unhappy with the casting decision when they first heard about it several years ago. At this point, it seems silly to complain about something so trivial, especially when she has proven to be an excellent representation of the character. With that said, Megan’s role in these films makes her an excellent source of information about them, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that we’ve learned a lot from her thanks to a recent interview.
While recently attending Cinemacon, Megan Fox was asked about how the sequel differed from the first film in the series. Her answer was very straightforward:
“I think it’s more lighthearted, it’s funnier. It’s focused more on the turtles, they’re in the movie right away. It’s less human focus, more turtle focus.”
This is definitely good news to hear, as one of the biggest complaints about the first movie was that we didn’t get to see enough of the Ninja Turtles being themselves. If Megan’s statement is accurate, then it looks like we’ll see more of the goofy turtle action that many fans have come to love about the franchise. A quick look at any of the trailers for Out of the Shadows will reveal that they are clearly trying to reference the plot from the original animated series. With characters such as Bebop and Rocksteady making an appearance, we can expect this film to follow more in the footsteps of the cartoon from the late 80’s.
I’m sure that a lot of fans would prefer to see something more like the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, but it’s important to understand that the target audience for this film will be families. In other words, they are trying to please an audience mostly familiar with either the Nickelodeon series or the original animated series. Considering that target demographic, I’d have to say that the trailers alone indicate that Paramount Pictures has knocked this one out of the park.
In another interview, Megan Fox went on to talk about some plot details for the upcoming sequel:
“The brothers are fighting crime, being vigilantes. Will’s character has taken credit for saving the city, so he’s like some big megalomaniac that’s dating a Victoria’s Secret model and then I’m sort of trying to do some undercover work apart from Channel 6.”
We’ve had a few hints that this might be a direction they take, but now we can confirm that Vernon has made himself into something of a big deal in Out of the Shadows. However, I think the more telling information here is that April O’Neil is still the kind of character that willingly gets herself into trouble. In her own way, April is also a bit of a vigilante; she was always interested in getting a big scoop, but she also used her skills as a reporter to help the turtles. Hopefully this is the direction they take with the undercover work that Megan Fox describes.
We’re a little more than a month away from the release of this movie, so you can expect to hear and see a lot more about it in the next few weeks. It’s beginning to look like this will be the summer of the Ninja Turtles, and we couldn’t be more excited!