Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fans will more than likely be excited to hear that co-creator Kevin Eastman confirmed at the Heavy Metal forum that a live action Ninja Turtles reboot is in the works:
Yes, it is true. Although the CGI film did well enough to warrent a sequel, there has been much talk between Imagi and Warners to do a better “re-invention” (newest Hollywood buzzword) of the TMNT’s, in a live action film–like what was done with Batman. Back to basics, back to the origin and the intro of the Shredder, etc…there have been talks, trips to Northampton to talk to Mr Laird, and discussions with the original “first” TMNT film director Steve Barron to come back and do it right–but no official word yet…will keep you posted. Best, Kevin
I do not mind the trend of making movies darker, because I am a fan of the dark and depressing and morbid, but I wish they could find another way of explaining it than comparing it to the new Batman movies, because everybody seems to be doing that lately. I suppose the success of Nolan’s Batman movies has opened up new doorways though and maybe they deserve the credit. Whereas studios used to want to keep movies as family-friendly and light as possible – children being such a huge demographic – they are now more than willing to make their movies a little darker, perhaps because they know parents will take their kids to them anyway and they will also appeal to a broader audience.
I did not hate last year’s TMNT, but I thought it felt way too much like a Saturday morning cartoon for me and I did not like the animation choices at all. I am a huge, huge fan of the original 1990 movie and think it holds up very well today. I still pop it in the DVD player at least once a year. I can only hope they bring back those Jim Henson guys to do the costumes again, because what they did with those suits was mind-blowing. I find it both interesting and odd that they are looking at Steve Barron to come back – but it’s a choice I love, because again, I am a huge, huge fan of the original and I loved the atmosphere and style. Yeah, it has plenty of silly moments, but far more charm that overshadows that. Bring on more Raphael!
UPDATE: Completely false, I guess. But if Kevin was trying to rouse the interest of the common folk and get a wide response on the internet so the studios could see, it seems like he did the job.