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Paramount pumps the brakes on Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot

06.15.2012

Looks like the "hereos in a half-shell" are getting another lease on life as the production for the reboot of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES has been put on hold in order to fix script issues and lower the budget, pushing the production back by "10 weeks." This move pushes TMNT off of Paramount's December 2013 slate and into May 2014.

Seems like Paramount has got some serious issues these days, with the recent shift of G.I. JOE: RETALIATION almost a full year back in order to do reshoots and 3D conversion, as well as reshoots and rewrites for Brad Pitt's WORLD WAR Z.  I'd wager there's some pretty heated meetings going on at the Paramount lot these days...

Apparantly, Paramount "has halted work on its planned holiday movie for 2013, temporarily laying off preproduction staff and informing those prepping the film that the work stoppage is 'indefinite.'"

 

According to Deadline, Paramount is trying to cut the budget for TMNT by $10-20 million for a targeted $125 milion total price tag.  The studio initially hired IRON MAN scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway to revamp the pic and director Jonathan Liebesman was brought on board to helm our favorite pizza-chompin' ninjas.

When the project was announced, producer Michael Bay inflamed fans of the TMNT franchise by letting slip that they'd be changing the origin story to give the Turtles an "alien" origin of sorts.  We all saw the fallout with that decision, which leaves me wondering if the script rewrites could involve, I don't know, say, writing OUT that bit of bullshit?  I mean, you cut some spaceships and there goes a few million right there, am I right? 

I can't decide if Paramount is making smart moves (cutting costs, punching up scripts BEFORE the movie starts shooting) or if they have completely lost control of their big-budget properties.  Perhaps the problems with G.I. JOE: RETALIATION and WORLD WAR Z have led to this decision, which would make sense, as those problematic productions may well have been solved if they began with the end in mind, rather than rushing headlong into a release date. 

More as this develops.

Of course, you could have this chick's problems...

Extra Tidbit: I imagine the Paramount lot as kind of a disaster movie right now...random fires burning, chairs being thrown through windows, zombies in suits walking around holding torn scripts, and a bath salt vending machine.

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3:41PM on 06/18/2012

Dear Mr. Bay

Your idea for the turtles sucks more balls than a whore on nickel night...Turtles as aliens?...stop trying to copy transformers a million times...if i was in charge of this production i'd have a solid script before shooting...i'd also keep it old school and bring back Shredder...my cock could probably compose a better script than the half baked ideas you come up with...stick to ruining horror films and don't mess with classics...sincerely Me
Your idea for the turtles sucks more balls than a whore on nickel night...Turtles as aliens?...stop trying to copy transformers a million times...if i was in charge of this production i'd have a solid script before shooting...i'd also keep it old school and bring back Shredder...my cock could probably compose a better script than the half baked ideas you come up with...stick to ruining horror films and don't mess with classics...sincerely Me
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12:13AM on 06/18/2012
Paul your always on point haha.
Paul your always on point haha.
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4:44PM on 06/16/2012
This is really going to screw with The Asylum's DVD release schedule.
This is really going to screw with The Asylum's DVD release schedule.
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2:23PM on 06/16/2012

OOH BABY DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT'S WORTH?

OOH Heaven is a place on Earth!
OOH Heaven is a place on Earth!
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1:22PM on 06/16/2012

hope they fire Platinum Dunes

Is there a worse, more uncreative duo of producers out there? These a-holes make all their money off of bad remakes. I honestly don't know why they're still allowed to make movies. Well, I know why they're allowed...but they shouldn't be.
Is there a worse, more uncreative duo of producers out there? These a-holes make all their money off of bad remakes. I honestly don't know why they're still allowed to make movies. Well, I know why they're allowed...but they shouldn't be.
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6:14AM on 06/16/2012
Here's hoping the rewrites and the budget cut will get rid of all the alien BS. I'd like to believe that the fan outrage was responsible for this move.
Here's hoping the rewrites and the budget cut will get rid of all the alien BS. I'd like to believe that the fan outrage was responsible for this move.
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5:58AM on 06/16/2012

Yus!

Now if we could just get it away from Bay and Platinum Dunes....
Now if we could just get it away from Bay and Platinum Dunes....
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5:00AM on 06/16/2012
WOW seriously what the hell is going on over at Paramount right now? Granted the GI Joe movie was dropping the ball, but now shit is hitting the fan. I am with the rest of the schmoes here & don't want this new Turtles movie.
WOW seriously what the hell is going on over at Paramount right now? Granted the GI Joe movie was dropping the ball, but now shit is hitting the fan. I am with the rest of the schmoes here & don't want this new Turtles movie.
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2:12AM on 06/16/2012
THANK THE LORD (one of them at least)! I was not looking forward to his movie at all. Alien turtles, no Shredder, no Splinter... ya kiddin me?
THANK THE LORD (one of them at least)! I was not looking forward to his movie at all. Alien turtles, no Shredder, no Splinter... ya kiddin me?
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1:42AM on 06/16/2012
Right now I have absolutely ZERO interest in this, but have to say, its better to pause now and reorganize the mess & try to save a disaster-in-making, than do it JUST BEFORE the release date....I really hope for the sake of my favorite Turtles, that atleast some bit of good maybe come out of it after all.
Right now I have absolutely ZERO interest in this, but have to say, its better to pause now and reorganize the mess & try to save a disaster-in-making, than do it JUST BEFORE the release date....I really hope for the sake of my favorite Turtles, that atleast some bit of good maybe come out of it after all.
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11:56PM on 06/15/2012

Still done with Bay, no matter the changes!

Im Glad that Paramount has decided to step in, but this doesn't mean anything as of yet. Script changes could just mean trimming the fat $$$, which doesn't necessarily mean that our turtles will be mutants from earth.

For all of the fans out there, for your sake i hope it does. I still will hold true to my other comments in the previous Ninja Turtle posts. I will not see another Bay movie, no matter if the script goes back to original origins or not. Im a man of principle, and in my
Im Glad that Paramount has decided to step in, but this doesn't mean anything as of yet. Script changes could just mean trimming the fat $$$, which doesn't necessarily mean that our turtles will be mutants from earth.

For all of the fans out there, for your sake i hope it does. I still will hold true to my other comments in the previous Ninja Turtle posts. I will not see another Bay movie, no matter if the script goes back to original origins or not. Im a man of principle, and in my opinion Bay has lost all credibility. However my respect for Paramount will have increased if the script changes are in the direction of original origins!
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9:20PM on 06/15/2012

"F this CGI BS"

they should go back to the rubber suits and only CGI the faces. not only could it look more convincing, it'd prob be a lot cheaper.
they should go back to the rubber suits and only CGI the faces. not only could it look more convincing, it'd prob be a lot cheaper.
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8:57PM on 06/15/2012
So the video was a trailer for the film, right?
So the video was a trailer for the film, right?
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6:53PM on 06/15/2012

Jesus...

That video was RIDICULOUS...

And HAHAHAHAHA at "Bath salt vending machine".
That video was RIDICULOUS...

And HAHAHAHAHA at "Bath salt vending machine".
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6:22PM on 06/15/2012

10 weeks?

Is this coming out in March or May of 2014? 10 weeks doesn't add up to May from December.
Is this coming out in March or May of 2014? 10 weeks doesn't add up to May from December.
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6:18PM on 06/15/2012

Follow your Heart...

Paramount!
Paramount!
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6:18PM on 06/15/2012

THANK FUCKING GOD

Thank you so much god for preventing this god awful idea to be made. Hope it never ever gets money.
Thank you so much god for preventing this god awful idea to be made. Hope it never ever gets money.
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6:10PM on 06/15/2012

lookin forward to it

and don't get the big deal about the changes. We've seen and had entertaining true-to-the-source movies already, I don't want to see another rehash, I want a fresh take and these new/changed elements could bring that. Not saying it will be awesome, it could suck, it could be good -- but I'm interested. Bring it on.
and don't get the big deal about the changes. We've seen and had entertaining true-to-the-source movies already, I don't want to see another rehash, I want a fresh take and these new/changed elements could bring that. Not saying it will be awesome, it could suck, it could be good -- but I'm interested. Bring it on.
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6:09PM on 06/15/2012
Who's Miley Cirus?
Who's Miley Cirus?
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