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The Legend of Conan and Ninja Turtles are both set to shoot in 2013!

Jan. 14, 2013by: Alejandro Stepenberg

Ninja Turtles comic style

I'll be blunt right up front here and say that I'm much more excited for one of these projects than the other.  Maybe it's because I'm a fan of all things Conan and few things Ninja Turtle, but... no, that's really all there is to it. But, as they say, a movie isn't truly greenlit until the cameras roll on the first day of Principal Photography.

And going by that snippet of wisdom, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans may be dancing on old King Conan's grave by this year's end as NINJA TURTLES is set to lens first this coming April in NYC. 

That would be bringing such a CGI-heavy production dangerously close (post-production labor considered) to the movie's release date of May 16th, 2014, but if executive producer Michael Bay has faith then I guess that's what's going to happen.  Little else is currently known about NINJA TURTLES beyond the facts that it will be directed by Jonathan Liebesman and come with Ninja Turtles of what is very obviously an alien origin. 

Stay tuned for more details as we draw closer to the start of production!

Arnold on Throne

Meanwhile, in THE LEGEND OF CONAN news, here's a transcript of Arnold Schwarzenegger himself explaining how the movie even came to be and the plan for where they've going to take his character:

"[Universal] finally came forward... and said, 'You're absolutely right. The previous regime has missed the boat here. We want to pick it up. We're going to buy the rights and we're going to be serious about it and make a quality film with an A-director and with A-writers and so on. And we want you to participate in this. We want you to star and you to play Conan. We're going to take a story where Conan is at that age so it's totally believable and you're not looking like a 30-year old action guy."

And here's producer Frederik Malmberg in the project's original announcement:  "The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make.   It’s that Nordic Viking mythic guy who has played the role of king, warrior, soldier and mercenary, and who has bedded more women than anyone, nearing the last cycle of his life. He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle.”

And here's the original video from which the above information was taken, in which Schwarzenegger himself also reveals that principal photography may take place in New Zealand and commence as early as the end of this year.  Which, if it comes to pass, would mean we might see Conan back in cinemas by the summer of 2015

Arnold nostalgia aside, purely from a character/story/world standpoint, for which of these productions are you more excited?

Extra Tidbit: Even if I fell asleep during the movie itself, I thought Jason Momoa was a fantastic Conan in CONAN THE BARBARIAN.

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1:12PM on 01/15/2013

Now were talking

Now this new Conan thing sounds like it's going in the right direction! Finally!
Now this new Conan thing sounds like it's going in the right direction! Finally!
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3:17PM on 01/14/2013

How I Would Make The Alien Origin Thing Work

I would make the "ooze" some sort of alien symbiotic, symbiote-esque parasitic goo that came in contact with the turtles and mutated them. Problem solved. I too had my gripes with the whole "alien", "turtles from outer space" thing when I first heard it. And I wanted the worst for Bay like many. Lol But then I started thinking, "how would I do it?" And as a die hard Turtles fan... That's how. And it might not be so bad.
I would make the "ooze" some sort of alien symbiotic, symbiote-esque parasitic goo that came in contact with the turtles and mutated them. Problem solved. I too had my gripes with the whole "alien", "turtles from outer space" thing when I first heard it. And I wanted the worst for Bay like many. Lol But then I started thinking, "how would I do it?" And as a die hard Turtles fan... That's how. And it might not be so bad.
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4:11PM on 01/14/2013
Read my comment below about the alien ooze. It existed in the comics but not the first cartoon series. It came from the Utrom, an alien species that looked like brains that got trapped in out dimension. Laird made a comment a while back about it sticking to its origins so maybe that is what he means.
Read my comment below about the alien ooze. It existed in the comics but not the first cartoon series. It came from the Utrom, an alien species that looked like brains that got trapped in out dimension. Laird made a comment a while back about it sticking to its origins so maybe that is what he means.
12:47AM on 01/15/2013
@WillPrime: Thats awesome. So honestly I am guilty of not ever reading ANY comics (my thing has always been strictly film) and like many around my age became a fan with the 80s cartoon, but as you mention "brain" looking aliens, I'm curious to know now... Was Krang one of those aliens?
@WillPrime: Thats awesome. So honestly I am guilty of not ever reading ANY comics (my thing has always been strictly film) and like many around my age became a fan with the 80s cartoon, but as you mention "brain" looking aliens, I'm curious to know now... Was Krang one of those aliens?
4:00PM on 01/16/2013
Yes and no. It is funny how it worked out. In the 80's cartoon no but a lot of origins were rewritten for that series including Kraang as a disembodied alien from Dimension X but he was obviously inspired by the Utrom. The Fox cartoon series TMNT in 2003 reestablished the Utrom and in one episode one Utrom calls another Kraang as a nod to the original comic. Jump to the present with the Nickelodeon series and the Utrom are back but are revered to as The Kraang but like the comics they are the
Yes and no. It is funny how it worked out. In the 80's cartoon no but a lot of origins were rewritten for that series including Kraang as a disembodied alien from Dimension X but he was obviously inspired by the Utrom. The Fox cartoon series TMNT in 2003 reestablished the Utrom and in one episode one Utrom calls another Kraang as a nod to the original comic. Jump to the present with the Nickelodeon series and the Utrom are back but are revered to as The Kraang but like the comics they are the inventors of the ooze again. It is definitely something to research as it gets interesting how drastically different some of the different mediums for the Turtles have been. Even their origins change ever so slightly from rendition to rendition.
1:58PM on 01/14/2013

I fully agree with the tidbit.

I'm also very excited about the possibility of another Conan movie with Arnold. Hopefully it will be a success, which is always a risk if they don't pussy out & go for PG-13. Today's moviegoers might not be oldschool Conan's audience.

I couldn't care less for Ninja Turtles...
I'm also very excited about the possibility of another Conan movie with Arnold. Hopefully it will be a success, which is always a risk if they don't pussy out & go for PG-13. Today's moviegoers might not be oldschool Conan's audience.

I couldn't care less for Ninja Turtles...
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1:16PM on 01/14/2013

Turtles will be shit.

Not because they're have "alien" origins, or anything like that. But because a shit director, who makes completely shit films and his shit production company, which also makes utterly shit films, have hired another shit director, who has made only shit films, in order to make this film which by its very definition will be shit.
Not because they're have "alien" origins, or anything like that. But because a shit director, who makes completely shit films and his shit production company, which also makes utterly shit films, have hired another shit director, who has made only shit films, in order to make this film which by its very definition will be shit.
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11:44AM on 01/14/2013
I want to see a King Conan-type film starring Arnold. My big concern is they will hire some hack director and end up writing the thing as they go along. It really needs a well-crafted screenplay from the start, and a top-drawer genre director like Paul Verhoeven. Until I hear an announcement like that, I'm not very optimistic.
I want to see a King Conan-type film starring Arnold. My big concern is they will hire some hack director and end up writing the thing as they go along. It really needs a well-crafted screenplay from the start, and a top-drawer genre director like Paul Verhoeven. Until I hear an announcement like that, I'm not very optimistic.
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9:53AM on 01/14/2013

I'm cautiously excited

I know you will all vote me down but I am very interested in this news. I understand the Bay implications but I am still holding out that this will be at least a decent TMNT movie. The alien thing does not scare me yet because in the original red mask series the ooze came from the Utrom (aliens that looked like brains, sounds familiar huh?). So unless the Turtles step off a space ship then I'm okay with extra terrestrial origins as it is inline with the original comic though not the cartoon
I know you will all vote me down but I am very interested in this news. I understand the Bay implications but I am still holding out that this will be at least a decent TMNT movie. The alien thing does not scare me yet because in the original red mask series the ooze came from the Utrom (aliens that looked like brains, sounds familiar huh?). So unless the Turtles step off a space ship then I'm okay with extra terrestrial origins as it is inline with the original comic though not the cartoon series.
As for Conan, I thought the Momoa version was okay but bringing Arnold back definitely makes this news better. As a kid I wondered how he got his own kingdom and the adventures that led him there.
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