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Living Ninja Turtles?

09.02.2008

Those famous half-shell heroes certainly have made the media rounds -- from comic book to videogames, action figures, live-action feature, cartoon series, CG-animation, and now... back to live-action?

That would seem to be the case, according to TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES co-creator Kevin Eastman. While the recent (and surprisingly enjoyable) computer-animated flick was popular enough to make a sequel possible, Eastman recently posted on the Heavy Metal forums: "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 [TMNT co-creator] 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."

It looks like those formerly fun-loving, toxically enhanced pet store refugee martial artists are "going dark", one of the inevitable downsides of THE DARK KNIGHT's massive profitability (Warner Bros. reportedly plans to take the same brooding direction with all their DC superhero movies).

Then again, I believe Eastman no longer holds any legal or financial rights to the TMNT property, so he could just be repeating rumors...

Extra Tidbit: Eastman owns HEAVY METAL magazine and is producing a new animated movie with David Fincher -- but apparently no longer at Paramount, who is wrestling with the filmmaker over BENJAMIN BUTTON.
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4:54PM on 09/05/2008
I want an origin like te original comics. Start it off in Japan and show Yamato Yoshi and Saki begin their feud. Basically a live action version of the first few cartoon episodes, but make it darker, PG-13 would be fine. go through the TRUE origins, not that stupid shit from the movie (Splinter was already a super smart rat, before the ooz?? so stupid). Add in Baxter stockman, Id love to see the tecnodrome with some great CG, some mousers and some Casey Jones and you got yourself a fucking
I want an origin like te original comics. Start it off in Japan and show Yamato Yoshi and Saki begin their feud. Basically a live action version of the first few cartoon episodes, but make it darker, PG-13 would be fine. go through the TRUE origins, not that stupid shit from the movie (Splinter was already a super smart rat, before the ooz?? so stupid). Add in Baxter stockman, Id love to see the tecnodrome with some great CG, some mousers and some Casey Jones and you got yourself a fucking awesome movie.
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8:32AM on 09/05/2008

Well... that sucks.

A couple of other sites are saying this is all just rumor after all. According to the screenwriter of TMNT, Eastman doesn't know what he's talking about, there's going to be another film but at this point it will in fact be a CGI sequel to the previous film.

Damn, Ghostbusters and Ninja Turtles all in the same week. I knew it was too good to be true.
A couple of other sites are saying this is all just rumor after all. According to the screenwriter of TMNT, Eastman doesn't know what he's talking about, there's going to be another film but at this point it will in fact be a CGI sequel to the previous film.

Damn, Ghostbusters and Ninja Turtles all in the same week. I knew it was too good to be true.
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7:03PM on 09/04/2008

ah.. fuck it

lets go DARK with TMNT.

let's go REALLY dark!

i wanna see raphael rape a bitch
lets go DARK with TMNT.

let's go REALLY dark!

i wanna see raphael rape a bitch
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9:45PM on 09/03/2008
Good Idea only f they eliminate all the stupid alien crap and monsters and just take it back to the original movie style where it was gritty as hell and grimey. It can be grounded in our reality to be as believable as possible and make it meaningful. I say let Donnie Yen work on the fights and Del Toro Maybe on the Directing if he stays clear of excessive CGI. Go back to the old ways of visual effects and creature models when that shit looked more realistic like hoe TDK did.
Good Idea only f they eliminate all the stupid alien crap and monsters and just take it back to the original movie style where it was gritty as hell and grimey. It can be grounded in our reality to be as believable as possible and make it meaningful. I say let Donnie Yen work on the fights and Del Toro Maybe on the Directing if he stays clear of excessive CGI. Go back to the old ways of visual effects and creature models when that shit looked more realistic like hoe TDK did.
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6:37PM on 09/03/2008

i hope this doesnt become a trend

TDK was great, but i dont think ALL comic book movies should be "dark".

b/c "dark" doesnt necessarily = "good"

if this trend keeps up, we're gonna start getting really dark, violent, and ultimately crappy movies all over again.
TDK was great, but i dont think ALL comic book movies should be "dark".

b/c "dark" doesnt necessarily = "good"

if this trend keeps up, we're gonna start getting really dark, violent, and ultimately crappy movies all over again.
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5:27PM on 09/03/2008
To repeat Solomon, since everyone seems to forget so easily - the original ninja turtles comic was fucking violent.

So I'd say this is good news.
To repeat Solomon, since everyone seems to forget so easily - the original ninja turtles comic was fucking violent.

So I'd say this is good news.
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2:33PM on 09/03/2008
I'm always for tmnt anything. Even if they come up with the worst ideas ever. I loved all the live action movies, but I do have a request, two words:

Ninja Rap.
I'm always for tmnt anything. Even if they come up with the worst ideas ever. I loved all the live action movies, but I do have a request, two words:

Ninja Rap.
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2:24PM on 09/03/2008
did he really just use the words Batman and Ninja Turtles in the same sentence.
did he really just use the words Batman and Ninja Turtles in the same sentence.
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12:48PM on 09/03/2008
the original concept of TMNT was never that sunny to begin with. You basically have a team of disenfrachised heroes who move in secret to help a society that could never understand them. dont do it dark, just keep it real!
the original concept of TMNT was never that sunny to begin with. You basically have a team of disenfrachised heroes who move in secret to help a society that could never understand them. dont do it dark, just keep it real!
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5:23AM on 09/03/2008
I've seen the kiddy Turtles. I grew up on them. I watch it now, and it's hard to stomach. TMNT proves we don't need more of that (a good, dramatic(!) turtle-vs-turtle scene on a rooftop surrounded by a crappy kid's movie.) Re-invent them darker, or don't bother. Thanks.
I've seen the kiddy Turtles. I grew up on them. I watch it now, and it's hard to stomach. TMNT proves we don't need more of that (a good, dramatic(!) turtle-vs-turtle scene on a rooftop surrounded by a crappy kid's movie.) Re-invent them darker, or don't bother. Thanks.
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4:46AM on 09/03/2008

Cowabunga

If a new live action Turtles movie gets made, how fucking amazing isn't that? The first movie from 1990 was excellent for it's time and Secret of the Ooze a good sequel.

Finally no uninspired dork villains like Max Winters or Karai. Friggin' Shredder!
If a new live action Turtles movie gets made, how fucking amazing isn't that? The first movie from 1990 was excellent for it's time and Secret of the Ooze a good sequel.

Finally no uninspired dork villains like Max Winters or Karai. Friggin' Shredder!
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1:22AM on 09/03/2008

To those of you that never read the comics

The turtles started as an indie comic in the mid 80's and it wasn't written for kids, it was a dark satire of other popular titles of the time (especially Daredevil and Ronin), and was very much targeted to the college crowd.

How dark were the comics? In an early issue Raphael tried to kill Leonardo; when the turtles finally confront Shredder they don't just defeat him they decapitate him. However there was also a cynical humour that ran through the series.

I agree with Dave that Warner
The turtles started as an indie comic in the mid 80's and it wasn't written for kids, it was a dark satire of other popular titles of the time (especially Daredevil and Ronin), and was very much targeted to the college crowd.

How dark were the comics? In an early issue Raphael tried to kill Leonardo; when the turtles finally confront Shredder they don't just defeat him they decapitate him. However there was also a cynical humour that ran through the series.

I agree with Dave that Warner Bros. is gravely mistaken if they think "dark and realistic" is the way to go with all their comicbook pictures, however it would fit for the original concept of TMNT.

Should it be as dark and gritty as TDK? Probably not, these are anthroporphic turtles after all and if the film tries to take itself TOO seriously it'll be a disaster. That being said if there's one thing we've learned from this year's summer season its that comic films work best when they're in the hands of those who have resepct for the source material and take their responsibility to the fans seriously. Its worked for Hellboy which is an almost equally outlandish series so I don't see why it couln't work for the Turtles as long as they get the right people involved.
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12:53AM on 09/03/2008
Thumbs up for a new "Turtles" movie, thumbs down for a "darker" feel. They're turtles, people. NINJA turtles. The concept is about as dark as "The Tick."

- The first movie was pretty dark. Keep it in that tone, but not too dark. An R-Rated TMNT would be the single most retarded thing ever.
Thumbs up for a new "Turtles" movie, thumbs down for a "darker" feel. They're turtles, people. NINJA turtles. The concept is about as dark as "The Tick."

- The first movie was pretty dark. Keep it in that tone, but not too dark. An R-Rated TMNT would be the single most retarded thing ever.
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12:35AM on 09/03/2008

Go! Go! Go! Go!

Hey I like that song.
The best thing Vanilla Ice ever did. :)
And a fine catalog of songs he has too.
Hey I like that song.
The best thing Vanilla Ice ever did. :)
And a fine catalog of songs he has too.
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12:05AM on 09/03/2008

No Vanilla Ice

Just no Vanilla Ice "go ninja, go nija" comments in the movie. Even if they are making fun of it!!!
Just no Vanilla Ice "go ninja, go nija" comments in the movie. Even if they are making fun of it!!!
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11:51PM on 09/02/2008

cool.

They should make them the vigilantes with the flavor they are supposed to have.
They should make them the vigilantes with the flavor they are supposed to have.
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11:42PM on 09/02/2008

Do it RIGHT!

I loved the original Ninja Turtles because it was dark and more adultish. I was a wee little kid, and I enjoyed that over the ridiculous number 3. (still a quilty pleasure though) lol
I loved the original Ninja Turtles because it was dark and more adultish. I was a wee little kid, and I enjoyed that over the ridiculous number 3. (still a quilty pleasure though) lol
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11:37PM on 09/02/2008
Thumbs up for a new "Turtles" movie, thumbs down for a "darker" feel. They're turtles, people. NINJA turtles. The concept is about as dark as "The Tick."
Thumbs up for a new "Turtles" movie, thumbs down for a "darker" feel. They're turtles, people. NINJA turtles. The concept is about as dark as "The Tick."
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11:37PM on 09/02/2008
Best movie news i've heard in a while. A darker take on the turtles would be great, since I thought the cartoon was a bit to childish. Good for young kids, but not the fans who grew up with the series and live-action movies several years ago. As long as its not to CGI, and it looks like the old turtles movies or hellboy 2, i'm definitely in.
Best movie news i've heard in a while. A darker take on the turtles would be great, since I thought the cartoon was a bit to childish. Good for young kids, but not the fans who grew up with the series and live-action movies several years ago. As long as its not to CGI, and it looks like the old turtles movies or hellboy 2, i'm definitely in.
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11:33PM on 09/02/2008
Don't get me wrong I'm all for some more turtles, but why the need to start over? They had alot of villans. How bout some love for the Rat King, or Baxter Stockman? Throw in some mousers for good measure. I'm done being a geek now.
Don't get me wrong I'm all for some more turtles, but why the need to start over? They had alot of villans. How bout some love for the Rat King, or Baxter Stockman? Throw in some mousers for good measure. I'm done being a geek now.
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11:04PM on 09/02/2008

why not

An overall darker story and feel would be appropriate if they go off the original material. The original comic series wasn't exactly bright and happy.
An overall darker story and feel would be appropriate if they go off the original material. The original comic series wasn't exactly bright and happy.
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10:53PM on 09/02/2008

fuck yes

This is what the Imagi Studios movie should've been in the first place. I'm an oldschool turtles fan; I grew up watching the original cartoon. I love the first two live-action movies, and I need more.
This is what the Imagi Studios movie should've been in the first place. I'm an oldschool turtles fan; I grew up watching the original cartoon. I love the first two live-action movies, and I need more.
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10:49PM on 09/02/2008

fuck yes

This is what the Imagi Studios movie should've been in the first place. I'm an oldschool turtles fan; I grew up watching the original cartoon. I love the first two live-action movies, and I need more.
This is what the Imagi Studios movie should've been in the first place. I'm an oldschool turtles fan; I grew up watching the original cartoon. I love the first two live-action movies, and I need more.
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10:47PM on 09/02/2008

hell yes

I could see this happening, and I hope it does, TMNT needs to come back as big as it came back in the days, with the new CG technology and cooler/better make-up effects I can see this new film re-introducing the TMNT's in a bigger , better and darker way, I'm looking foward to this.
I could see this happening, and I hope it does, TMNT needs to come back as big as it came back in the days, with the new CG technology and cooler/better make-up effects I can see this new film re-introducing the TMNT's in a bigger , better and darker way, I'm looking foward to this.
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10:45PM on 09/02/2008
hell yeah!
hell yeah!
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10:41PM on 09/02/2008

fuck yes

This is what the Imagi Studios movie should've been in the first place. I'm an oldschool turtles fan; I grew up watching the original cartoon. I love the first two live-action movies, and I need more.
This is what the Imagi Studios movie should've been in the first place. I'm an oldschool turtles fan; I grew up watching the original cartoon. I love the first two live-action movies, and I need more.
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10:34PM on 09/02/2008

YES!

I still have that bad taste of TMNT 3 in my mouth, and that was like 10 years ago, the CGI one was pretty cool, but a new live action movie would kick ass
I still have that bad taste of TMNT 3 in my mouth, and that was like 10 years ago, the CGI one was pretty cool, but a new live action movie would kick ass
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10:34PM on 09/02/2008

A Dream

This would be fantastic... The first film had that darkness that every child (and subsequently the grown adults of today) loved years ago! To have the original director would be a huge step in the right direction... Just make sure you do first film animatronics or better... How do you get WORSE as the series goes on? Confusing... Make it bad ass, and appealing to the original fan base and you have a HIT on your hands!
This would be fantastic... The first film had that darkness that every child (and subsequently the grown adults of today) loved years ago! To have the original director would be a huge step in the right direction... Just make sure you do first film animatronics or better... How do you get WORSE as the series goes on? Confusing... Make it bad ass, and appealing to the original fan base and you have a HIT on your hands!
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10:18PM on 09/02/2008

Hell yes

A reboot I wouldnt mind. I love the Turtles and I desperately want to see them kick some ass again. The CGI movie was pretty cool, but it lacked something I cant quit put my finger on.

Maybe they should make it R rated like the comics:)
A reboot I wouldnt mind. I love the Turtles and I desperately want to see them kick some ass again. The CGI movie was pretty cool, but it lacked something I cant quit put my finger on.

Maybe they should make it R rated like the comics:)
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10:17PM on 09/02/2008
Don't have a problem with live action coming back but I don't want to hear any of that "IT SHOULD BE R" crap.

I would have liked to see a sequel to TMNT. They teased that Shredder was coming back anyway.
Don't have a problem with live action coming back but I don't want to hear any of that "IT SHOULD BE R" crap.

I would have liked to see a sequel to TMNT. They teased that Shredder was coming back anyway.
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10:05PM on 09/02/2008

rock on

personally i didnt like the computer 1 that great bring back live action ill feel like im 10 again lol.
personally i didnt like the computer 1 that great bring back live action ill feel like im 10 again lol.
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