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Michael Bay's Ninja Turtles has a new perfect title and has grabbed a new scribe

04.19.2013

RADICAL!

We may not know how this whole Michael Bay produced, Jonathan Liebesman directed adventure into nostalgia is going to turn out, but we do know that it is no longer called NINJA TURTLES.

According to TMNTlair.com, a banner at CinemaCon clearly read TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES because who the f*ck would call it NINJA TURTLES? You can mess with a lot of things, but take away the TMNT and you just have some boring grown-ass turtles. Put the teenage in and you have four bodacious dudes by the names of Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo who love the pizza and kicking bad guy butt!

There's also a new writer who has boarded the project, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN'S Evan Daugherty. He's also scripting the adaptation of Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT which will star Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley and Ray Stevenson, and KILLING SEASON starring Robert De Niro, John Travolta and Milo Ventimiglia. Initially, I read the name too fast and thought it was Michael Dougherty, whom I adore. Sadly it was not. But I'm sure Evan Daugherty will do just fine. Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL) were the first to work on the script, but this will be a rewrite. Is that a good thing???

Anyway...TURTLE POWER!

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5:23PM on 04/23/2013

This is how it went down people

I can see it now... Michael Bay and a bunch of collaborators sitting around one night drinking coffee and tequila, sniffing cocaine, pouring sweat out of their pours and titles out of their mouths. One title right after the other. Bay suddenly jumps right out of his seat. His eyes wide open from the idea of the perfect title, and from the cocaine. He slowly lifts his right hand into the air and says, "We'll call it. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." The room goes ape shit as his collaborators jump
I can see it now... Michael Bay and a bunch of collaborators sitting around one night drinking coffee and tequila, sniffing cocaine, pouring sweat out of their pours and titles out of their mouths. One title right after the other. Bay suddenly jumps right out of his seat. His eyes wide open from the idea of the perfect title, and from the cocaine. He slowly lifts his right hand into the air and says, "We'll call it. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." The room goes ape shit as his collaborators jump to their feet. They cheer and lift Bay up into the air and carry him away crying out their secret chant, "M Bay bomaye!"
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12:45PM on 04/22/2013

!!

Rewrites are 99% of the time a Good Thing!! I like that the Original name has made it's way back. I do however, find it interesting that they cast the film before the writing is done and they could have lots of big changes. Changes in the script could be huge and when a movie changes so much the characters can also change drastically.....esp. for someone like April O'neal; whose character could be effected ie if they were going for dramatic, clever, realistic, a little quirky clever comedy...or
Rewrites are 99% of the time a Good Thing!! I like that the Original name has made it's way back. I do however, find it interesting that they cast the film before the writing is done and they could have lots of big changes. Changes in the script could be huge and when a movie changes so much the characters can also change drastically.....esp. for someone like April O'neal; whose character could be effected ie if they were going for dramatic, clever, realistic, a little quirky clever comedy...or however they go; if they changed certain elements in the script it could change the over all tone as well as how the character was worked into that and that could totally change the actor they choose for that part....IDK maybe I'm just looking for any excuse to get rid of Fox.
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9:14PM on 04/21/2013
Couple good steps now the final step get rid of Megan Fox.
Couple good steps now the final step get rid of Megan Fox.
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4:49PM on 04/21/2013

Props

to the filmmakers for keeping the full name. Now, why anyone would be mad that they're giving our turtles some much needed 21st-century love is beyond me. Maybe if the fans got behind it, some positive results would occur. It's nothing but bitch, bitch, bitch about the TMNT remake. Just go with it, douche lords. It's gonna be in theaters whether you like it or not. And it'll never touch the original...not in our lifetimes.
to the filmmakers for keeping the full name. Now, why anyone would be mad that they're giving our turtles some much needed 21st-century love is beyond me. Maybe if the fans got behind it, some positive results would occur. It's nothing but bitch, bitch, bitch about the TMNT remake. Just go with it, douche lords. It's gonna be in theaters whether you like it or not. And it'll never touch the original...not in our lifetimes.
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9:13AM on 04/21/2013
Still not seeing this. The cast isn't great, and it's definitely going to be shot like a car commercial.
Still not seeing this. The cast isn't great, and it's definitely going to be shot like a car commercial.
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6:05AM on 04/21/2013
your pointless sentence about you being illiterate really doesn't add much to the story. in fact, it actually distracts from it.
but yeah, anyway...
your pointless sentence about you being illiterate really doesn't add much to the story. in fact, it actually distracts from it.
but yeah, anyway...
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12:14AM on 04/21/2013
I have no interest in this what so ever.
I have no interest in this what so ever.
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8:13PM on 04/20/2013

Yawn

Can someone wake me when another studio gets the rights.

Which knowing our luck will be depressingly at least another twelve or so years.
Can someone wake me when another studio gets the rights.

Which knowing our luck will be depressingly at least another twelve or so years.
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4:22PM on 04/20/2013

disaster

This film is on route to becoming a major disaster,
Lets Recap this films history thus far: First We are informed the turtles will be aliens (old news), Then the public backlash actually makes the Production company STOP the production because they want to actually read the script (Great due diligence displayed), Fan Boys get told to shut up by Bay (after all he is doing this for us), We get Megan Fox casted for the Lead (puzzling how Bay wants to mend his relationship with Fox in this
This film is on route to becoming a major disaster,
Lets Recap this films history thus far: First We are informed the turtles will be aliens (old news), Then the public backlash actually makes the Production company STOP the production because they want to actually read the script (Great due diligence displayed), Fan Boys get told to shut up by Bay (after all he is doing this for us), We get Megan Fox casted for the Lead (puzzling how Bay wants to mend his relationship with Fox in this film, oh and she's not a red head), and Now the film is getting a RE-WRITE?!? Oh and good news for Fan Boys the name of the film will be changed? (cause its supposed to make everything all better)

This Film sounds like no one has a clue into what they are doing... just a total fiasco
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1:10PM on 04/20/2013

In France, the title has always been...

... Ninja Turtles. Well, "Les Tortues Ninja" in fact. The reason being that you can't really translate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and make it sound good in French (we can't have a whole list of adjectives in front or after a noun, it doesn't work). So, I personally had no problem with "Ninja Turtles" being the title.
And yes, I do give free French grammar lessons.
... Ninja Turtles. Well, "Les Tortues Ninja" in fact. The reason being that you can't really translate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and make it sound good in French (we can't have a whole list of adjectives in front or after a noun, it doesn't work). So, I personally had no problem with "Ninja Turtles" being the title.
And yes, I do give free French grammar lessons.
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10:12AM on 04/20/2013

Needed the writing change

No idea how this will turn out but getting someone to rewrite the abomination that was the early script can be nothing but good, right? I mean, no way it could get any worse ...

No idea how this will turn out but getting someone to rewrite the abomination that was the early script can be nothing but good, right? I mean, no way it could get any worse ...

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1:49AM on 04/20/2013
Still doesn't get my hopes up for this movie, really need to see some images & a trailer first.
Still doesn't get my hopes up for this movie, really need to see some images & a trailer first.
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12:55AM on 04/20/2013
Renaming it to its proper name is a step in the right direction. However, everything else still screams this will be a shit show.
Renaming it to its proper name is a step in the right direction. However, everything else still screams this will be a shit show.
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12:44AM on 04/20/2013
So, they're doing a rewrite while this is being filmed? Clever. I applaud you Bay. Your consistency for being a douche-nozzle never ceases to amaze me.
So, they're doing a rewrite while this is being filmed? Clever. I applaud you Bay. Your consistency for being a douche-nozzle never ceases to amaze me.
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11:02PM on 04/19/2013
My fingers are crossed that this means that Bay and/or Paramount saw the error of their ways and realized they shouldn't mess with a good thing.
My fingers are crossed that this means that Bay and/or Paramount saw the error of their ways and realized they shouldn't mess with a good thing.
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10:54PM on 04/19/2013
I'm guessing, with all the fan outrage on making them aliens, plus the layman preferring short titles (I confess as a child I called it that, though it was always understood that was a nickname), just calling it "Ninja Turtles" first sets it apart from the earlier movies, and then protects them against the fact that these guys aren't actually mutants. Unless they reintroduce the mutagen aspect with rewrites. Honestly, while not my first choice, I could care less about Megan Fox if I felt like
I'm guessing, with all the fan outrage on making them aliens, plus the layman preferring short titles (I confess as a child I called it that, though it was always understood that was a nickname), just calling it "Ninja Turtles" first sets it apart from the earlier movies, and then protects them against the fact that these guys aren't actually mutants. Unless they reintroduce the mutagen aspect with rewrites. Honestly, while not my first choice, I could care less about Megan Fox if I felt like they were actually trying to be somewhat faithful to the origin.
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10:37PM on 04/19/2013
Megan Fox's character should be revealed to be an Utrom in disguise. The turtles later rescue the real April who is played by an actress with some actual human appeal.
Megan Fox's character should be revealed to be an Utrom in disguise. The turtles later rescue the real April who is played by an actress with some actual human appeal.
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10:21PM on 04/19/2013
Cowabunga, Dudeeee!
Cowabunga, Dudeeee!
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10:16PM on 04/19/2013
The movie will suck no matter how many re-writes it gets.

For example try re-writing Megan Fox out of this film.
The movie will suck no matter how many re-writes it gets.

For example try re-writing Megan Fox out of this film.
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10:15PM on 04/19/2013
PHEW. The sections of leaked script were just god-awful. Good to hear someone in charge at least wants this to turn out halfway-decent.
PHEW. The sections of leaked script were just god-awful. Good to hear someone in charge at least wants this to turn out halfway-decent.
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