Latest Entertainment News Headlines

Anthony Francisco's rejected pitch artwork for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

08.25.2014

Back in 2011, illustrator and concept designer Anthony Francisco (ANT-MAN, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION) heard Michael Bay wanted to do a TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES movie, and to try to land the job at Illusion Industries, created some pitch artwork for the project. Although Francisco and Illusion didn't end up getting the job and wasn't involved with Jonathan Liebesman's movie, he recently posted his concept art for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES on his Facebook, giving us an idea of what the Turtles could have looked like in the Michael Bay produced film.

Check them out:

It appears Anthony Francisco's concept art might be from when Bay wanted the turtles to be aliens, and they also seem to be much smaller compared to the ones we ended up getting in the film. What are your thoughts on Francisco's rejected artwork for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES?

CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN GALLERY & SEE MORE PICS...

Source: Facebook

RECOMMENDED MOVIE NEWS

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

7:53AM on 08/26/2014
As Ninja Turtles this is a bad idea. Lose the shells and turn them into Battle Toads and now we're talking!
As Ninja Turtles this is a bad idea. Lose the shells and turn them into Battle Toads and now we're talking!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:56AM on 08/26/2014
Not better.
Not better.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:53PM on 08/25/2014
As aliens they look cool, as mutant turtles they look a little too outside the box. I think if you want asses in the theater seats you cant really deviate too much from whats familiar. Especially with something like TMNT. Still looks cool though.
As aliens they look cool, as mutant turtles they look a little too outside the box. I think if you want asses in the theater seats you cant really deviate too much from whats familiar. Especially with something like TMNT. Still looks cool though.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:55PM on 08/25/2014
Wow! These make the movie ones look fantastic. Ninjas don't usually rely on guns much either. What made the original TMNT movies so alluring to my kid self was that here was a cartoon so goddamn ridiculous that it never had any business being turned into a live action movie, but dammit if they didn't do just that and the turtles were real. Real people in suits, not just green screen and computers. Ditto for star wars and Indiana Jones.
Wow! These make the movie ones look fantastic. Ninjas don't usually rely on guns much either. What made the original TMNT movies so alluring to my kid self was that here was a cartoon so goddamn ridiculous that it never had any business being turned into a live action movie, but dammit if they didn't do just that and the turtles were real. Real people in suits, not just green screen and computers. Ditto for star wars and Indiana Jones.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+0
6:54PM on 08/25/2014
This is the problem with Hollywood. Egos. No one can just accept an already establish iconic design, they have to make it their "own" so that they can lay claim to it.
This is the problem with Hollywood. Egos. No one can just accept an already establish iconic design, they have to make it their "own" so that they can lay claim to it.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:29PM on 08/25/2014
This is probably the only thing worse than what they eventually went with. I could see this design working if they were to add Slash to the story, but for the turtles, nope.
This is probably the only thing worse than what they eventually went with. I could see this design working if they were to add Slash to the story, but for the turtles, nope.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:38PM on 08/25/2014

Okay..,,,

As the turtles? No. As possible future antagonists? Preferred.
As the turtles? No. As possible future antagonists? Preferred.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+0
5:32PM on 08/25/2014
Did no one, once, think "the original designs look great. Maybe we should just keep them the way they are". Come on man, there was absolutely NOTHING wrong with how they looked in any of the cartoons or the live action films. They should have kept the designs and updated them with the improved graphics. These are terrible designs, the ones actually in the film are terrible. It's all just terrible.
Did no one, once, think "the original designs look great. Maybe we should just keep them the way they are". Come on man, there was absolutely NOTHING wrong with how they looked in any of the cartoons or the live action films. They should have kept the designs and updated them with the improved graphics. These are terrible designs, the ones actually in the film are terrible. It's all just terrible.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:05PM on 08/25/2014
Well, that's about as close as you'd ever get to making the turtles aliens, but also turtles. Can't blame the artist for the director's stupid, you know? At least they're nicely rendered.
Well, that's about as close as you'd ever get to making the turtles aliens, but also turtles. Can't blame the artist for the director's stupid, you know? At least they're nicely rendered.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:15PM on 08/25/2014
Is that ammo around him like Rambo, dear God
Is that ammo around him like Rambo, dear God
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+0
3:01PM on 08/25/2014

Pure arrogance.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I mean just talk about completely over-thinking the damn thing.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I mean just talk about completely over-thinking the damn thing.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:01PM on 08/25/2014
Horrible
Horrible
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:43PM on 08/25/2014
And I thought they looked bad now...seriously, was this so hard? [link]
And I thought they looked bad now...seriously, was this so hard? [link]
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:33PM on 08/25/2014
Each art concept looks worse then the previous.
Each art concept looks worse then the previous.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:31PM on 08/25/2014
The Designs are pretty bad I mean they could have made for a ok alien race that the Turtles go up against. Just make some changes and you could have a cool set of enemies for the Turtles. But these are not the turtles we wanted...... So I decided to take it upon myself and photoshop their bandanna on to the designs to see if they look any better. You decide if they would looked better if they planned on using the bandanna at all.

[link] - Don

[link] - Raph

[link] - Mike

[link] - Leo
The Designs are pretty bad I mean they could have made for a ok alien race that the Turtles go up against. Just make some changes and you could have a cool set of enemies for the Turtles. But these are not the turtles we wanted...... So I decided to take it upon myself and photoshop their bandanna on to the designs to see if they look any better. You decide if they would looked better if they planned on using the bandanna at all.

[link] - Don

[link] - Raph

[link] - Mike

[link] - Leo
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:16PM on 08/25/2014

Thank God

Bay still have some sense & rejected these guys....The current turtles STILL FUGLY
Bay still have some sense & rejected these guys....The current turtles STILL FUGLY
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:52AM on 08/25/2014
Some designs look a awful lot like the aliens from Cowboys & Aliens
Some designs look a awful lot like the aliens from Cowboys & Aliens
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+3
11:45AM on 08/25/2014

So......

Is it strange that I'm more annoyed at the fact that they are drawn up carrying guns then their overall appearance??
Is it strange that I'm more annoyed at the fact that they are drawn up carrying guns then their overall appearance??
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:03PM on 08/25/2014
Well, it WAS produced by Michael Bay, so it wouldn't be a stretch to think that at some point he thought about giving them guns. So he could have commissioned some concept art but said "yeah but can you also put some pistols and rifles in there??"
Well, it WAS produced by Michael Bay, so it wouldn't be a stretch to think that at some point he thought about giving them guns. So he could have commissioned some concept art but said "yeah but can you also put some pistols and rifles in there??"
12:27PM on 08/25/2014
I presume these were designed when at one point in Production it was rumored that Ninja Turtles would be Extra Terrestrial and that did cause quite an uproar.
I presume these were designed when at one point in Production it was rumored that Ninja Turtles would be Extra Terrestrial and that did cause quite an uproar.
1:11PM on 08/25/2014
People are upset about the Foot Clan carrying guns as it is.
People are upset about the Foot Clan carrying guns as it is.
11:36AM on 08/25/2014
They seem to keep releasing these stupid, horrible models because they know everybody will say, "Oh thank God we didn't get that! Thank God the ones they DID use are sooo much better than this!" Please. The turtles still should not have had their noses taken away!
They seem to keep releasing these stupid, horrible models because they know everybody will say, "Oh thank God we didn't get that! Thank God the ones they DID use are sooo much better than this!" Please. The turtles still should not have had their noses taken away!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:18AM on 08/25/2014
Good thing these were rejected. They looked like something out of The X-Files, not Ninja Turtles.
Good thing these were rejected. They looked like something out of The X-Files, not Ninja Turtles.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:36AM on 08/25/2014

I guess...

I guess if it was a choice between that and what we got, then they made the right choice. They still look creepy, though.
I guess if it was a choice between that and what we got, then they made the right choice. They still look creepy, though.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
View All Comments

Latest Entertainment News Headlines


Top
Loading...

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting