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The new Ninja Turtles screenplay has leaked and may be worse than we feared

Aug. 27, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Earlier this month we learned that NINJA TURTLES was being delayed to better serve the material. Kevin Eastman, creator of the NINJA TURTLES comic, was quick to praise the new version of his teenage mutant heroes. Eastman said "I talked to [producer] Scott Mednick yesterday, and he's seen the most recent 50 [script] pages and said it's as good as the last version -- they've really knocked it out of the park. I've seen a chunk of it, and it's going to be a great movie, despite what everybody thinks." If we are to believe that Eastman actually read the screenplay, we need to make sure his meds are up to date.

Fan blog TMNT, NOT TANT claims to have gotten a copy of the script for the Jonathan Liebesman directed and Michael Bay produced reboot complete with a cease and desist letter from Paramount Pictures. As you could deduce from the name of their site, they are not fans of the "alien" origin for the Turtles. But, they included actual images purportedly copied from the screenplay itself, so this may be the real deal.

If it is, boy does this movie have problems.

As a NINJA TURTLES fan since I was a kid, I was willing to leave a little room to reboot the story. But the examples of dialogue and characters are just awful. Here is a rundown of some of the key elements in NINJA TURTLES.

  • The villain is named Colonel Schrader (get it?) and his army squad is referred to as The Foot.
  • Casey Jones and April O'Neill are 18 year old high school sweethearts and the central focus of the movie. Think Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox from TRANSFORMERS. Oh yeah, this is a Michael Bay production, isn't it?
  • The Turtles cross over to Dimension X and discover they are not the random result of a mutation due to a chemical spill but rather part of an entire race of mutant turtles. Wait, they are both. Huh? You mean their random accidental origin is also part of larger conspiracy? Is this THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN or NINJA TURTLES?

You can read the actual excerpts of dialogue over on the blog as they are way too painful to repost here. Okay, maybe a couple.:

  • RAPHAEL: "That damn frog was right: 'It ain't easy being green.'"
  • RAPHAEL: "Kung Fu? What do we look like, cartoon Panda Bears? We're trained in Ninjitsu. And we don't just know it, we serve it for breakfast..."

I can't go on. it is just too awful. Even the third NINJA TURTLES film that sent them back to feudal Japan was better than this. I think the blog may go a bit overboard with the hate on this movie, but it does sound very weak. If they plan on filming this in live action it will just be laughable.

Here is hoping this screenplay is a big joke.  I know the NINJA TURTLES require suspension of disbelief, but at least give the viewers some credit.  There is no need to completely whitewash the story to make it more palatable for general audiences.  It is about NINJA TURTLES, your core demographic is intact.

What do you think of the rebooted take on the NINJA TURTLES?

Extra Tidbit: TMNT was the best story featuring the Turtles to date. It was able to take their characteristics and tell a better story than any of the live action films could. CGI is the only way to go with these characters.
Source: TMNT, NOT TANT

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2:24AM on 08/29/2012

i still hold out hope...

yes the CGI film is still the best of all the turtle movies... and this might well suck, BUT... cant you haters hold out till we get a trailer or a few stills or something?
yes the CGI film is still the best of all the turtle movies... and this might well suck, BUT... cant you haters hold out till we get a trailer or a few stills or something?
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4:22PM on 08/29/2012
Hold out for what? Give me one possible reason to hold out for?

no offense, but its ppl like you that do hold out, and hope for better, see a trailer that confirms that in fact we were right it was a debacle that should never have came to film. Then your back on here saying, just wait guys... wait till it comes out to theatres before you judge.. then before you know it, the film made 30 million opening weekend, and Bay gets another film to fuck up. Although hope is wonderful, common
Hold out for what? Give me one possible reason to hold out for?

no offense, but its ppl like you that do hold out, and hope for better, see a trailer that confirms that in fact we were right it was a debacle that should never have came to film. Then your back on here saying, just wait guys... wait till it comes out to theatres before you judge.. then before you know it, the film made 30 million opening weekend, and Bay gets another film to fuck up. Although hope is wonderful, common sense must take over at some point.
10:27PM on 08/28/2012

I can't even laugh at this.

This is terrible. Normally I would be LMFAO but this is actually making me wonder why people can't write a motherfucking normal screenplay. its not that hard. Ok I understand you want to change the idea. Ok cool, but actually make it cool. For crying out loud please its not hard. It really isn't, thus is why I given up hope on hollywood and bay. Bay stop producing and ruining out child hoods please. Also go back to directing R movies with will smith. make bad boys 3, make some awesome action
This is terrible. Normally I would be LMFAO but this is actually making me wonder why people can't write a motherfucking normal screenplay. its not that hard. Ok I understand you want to change the idea. Ok cool, but actually make it cool. For crying out loud please its not hard. It really isn't, thus is why I given up hope on hollywood and bay. Bay stop producing and ruining out child hoods please. Also go back to directing R movies with will smith. make bad boys 3, make some awesome action movies. I like transformers for the sheer popcorn mindless fun. But you know something fuck it. I's not even worth typing anymore.
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4:17PM on 08/29/2012
Forget that, i wont support another Bay film as long as i live... i want him far away from a Bad Boys 3... he will just fuck that up, he'll have a TNT fighting aliens smuggling coke.

forget him!
Forget that, i wont support another Bay film as long as i live... i want him far away from a Bad Boys 3... he will just fuck that up, he'll have a TNT fighting aliens smuggling coke.

forget him!
8:27PM on 08/28/2012

Shrader instead of SHREDDER......WTF

Are u fucking kidding me? You mean to tell me there is no SHREDDER? I ignored the micheal bay hate for a long time cause I didn't mind the transformers, but seriously, god damn it he will kill whatever dignity the turtles have left. This sucks. Just stick to the original story and stop trying to add your own spin on it because that shit never works. God this makes me mad. Fucking Shrader.....it's THE SHREDDER you stupid asshole.
Are u fucking kidding me? You mean to tell me there is no SHREDDER? I ignored the micheal bay hate for a long time cause I didn't mind the transformers, but seriously, god damn it he will kill whatever dignity the turtles have left. This sucks. Just stick to the original story and stop trying to add your own spin on it because that shit never works. God this makes me mad. Fucking Shrader.....it's THE SHREDDER you stupid asshole.
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8:16PM on 08/28/2012
Hey Michael Bay....are you fucking retarded?
Hey Michael Bay....are you fucking retarded?
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10:29PM on 08/28/2012
I'm sorry to say, but mentally challenge people think better then bay. So by calling him that you are making him seem good. This guy used to be cool until he directed transformers and produced movies.
I'm sorry to say, but mentally challenge people think better then bay. So by calling him that you are making him seem good. This guy used to be cool until he directed transformers and produced movies.
3:48PM on 08/28/2012
Kill it with fire.
Kill it with fire.
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2:36PM on 08/28/2012
Uhhhhh....
Uhhhhh....
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2:35PM on 08/28/2012
Sooooo, you guys like....stuff?
Sooooo, you guys like....stuff?
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1:17PM on 08/28/2012
While he didn't really praise it, Roger Ebert said of the 1990 TMNT movie, "probably is the best possible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie, " and perhaps he's right. Rarely does a filmmaker treat source material with respect nowadays. I know it's just Ninja Turtles, but I guess it's too much to ask a little thought went into it. If they gave an ounce of the creative energy Nolan had with Batman or Whedon with Avengers, they'd be light years ahead of the shit that's coming out about this. What
While he didn't really praise it, Roger Ebert said of the 1990 TMNT movie, "probably is the best possible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie, " and perhaps he's right. Rarely does a filmmaker treat source material with respect nowadays. I know it's just Ninja Turtles, but I guess it's too much to ask a little thought went into it. If they gave an ounce of the creative energy Nolan had with Batman or Whedon with Avengers, they'd be light years ahead of the shit that's coming out about this. What happened to making the best possible movie versus the highest grossing movie?
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12:17PM on 08/28/2012

Purposefully

So what if the studio created and leaked this crappy draft on purpose to get everyone talking about it.
Then, when they release the real film it will be completely different and actually kinda 'good' and everyone will be like well now I gotta see it.
So what if the studio created and leaked this crappy draft on purpose to get everyone talking about it.
Then, when they release the real film it will be completely different and actually kinda 'good' and everyone will be like well now I gotta see it.
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1:04PM on 08/28/2012
Works either way, what if the completely different movie will be a result of the studio telling the writers to come up with something else since the leaked draft spoiled the surprise?
Works either way, what if the completely different movie will be a result of the studio telling the writers to come up with something else since the leaked draft spoiled the surprise?
10:31PM on 08/28/2012
hmmm it is hollywood this idea could happen but doubtful to much money wasted
hmmm it is hollywood this idea could happen but doubtful to much money wasted
9:01AM on 08/28/2012

Quadruple post

It would be nice to be able to delete these instead of just editing them...
It would be nice to be able to delete these instead of just editing them...
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9:01AM on 08/28/2012

Triple post

It would be nice to be able to delete these instead of just editing them...
It would be nice to be able to delete these instead of just editing them...
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9:00AM on 08/28/2012

Double post

It would be nice to be able to delete these instead of just editing them...
It would be nice to be able to delete these instead of just editing them...
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9:00AM on 08/28/2012

Kevin Eastman is a joke

Peter Laird bought Kevin Eastman out of his share of TMNT, and then turned around and sold the whole thing to Nickelodeon. Eastman hasn't been involved in TMNT for years, so he is jumping at any chance he can to be re-associated with the only thing that has ever made him money. Julie Strain must need new implants.
Peter Laird bought Kevin Eastman out of his share of TMNT, and then turned around and sold the whole thing to Nickelodeon. Eastman hasn't been involved in TMNT for years, so he is jumping at any chance he can to be re-associated with the only thing that has ever made him money. Julie Strain must need new implants.
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8:58AM on 08/28/2012

UGH

My eyes are bleeding after reading this...I am literally crying blood!!!!!!!!!!
My eyes are bleeding after reading this...I am literally crying blood!!!!!!!!!!
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7:18AM on 08/28/2012

RE: Tidbit

No. The guys in suits were great in the early 90s, imagine how they'd look using more sophisticated puppetry today?
No. The guys in suits were great in the early 90s, imagine how they'd look using more sophisticated puppetry today?
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5:08AM on 08/28/2012
kill it with fire!
kill it with fire!
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4:27AM on 08/28/2012

Stop re-thinking, stop retelling, stop expanding, stop ruining.

Remember the first TMNT? Started brilliantly. Everybody was grown, trained, and good to go. Splinter told back story in 5 minutes. What the hell has happened to telling a well written back story in 5 - 10 minutes during a "slow down" moment in a film. If that... Hell, just opening the film with the Turtles in the sewer would make me happy.
Remember the first TMNT? Started brilliantly. Everybody was grown, trained, and good to go. Splinter told back story in 5 minutes. What the hell has happened to telling a well written back story in 5 - 10 minutes during a "slow down" moment in a film. If that... Hell, just opening the film with the Turtles in the sewer would make me happy.
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11:45PM on 08/27/2012

For the love of ......

How is it not painfully obvious to the production studios that this is a horrendous idea? After all the backlash that this film took when the first story line was leaked, then we hear its being delayed because "someone actually decided to read the script", and after the delays are done... This is what we are left with? Go to a high school, or an office (for original series fans) find a real fan and let them do it. I don't care if its B material and budget, it would still be 100 times better
How is it not painfully obvious to the production studios that this is a horrendous idea? After all the backlash that this film took when the first story line was leaked, then we hear its being delayed because "someone actually decided to read the script", and after the delays are done... This is what we are left with? Go to a high school, or an office (for original series fans) find a real fan and let them do it. I don't care if its B material and budget, it would still be 100 times better then this Bay disaster will be.
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11:05PM on 08/27/2012
Those bits just seem way too silly to actually be true. I honestly just can't believe that it's real. It's too stereotypical of what Internet Michael Bay haters would assume. I'm not saying I'm a fan of his, but do you know what I mean? It just seems way too blatantly horrible. No one is that dumb... right? Right!? Hell, I hope not.
Those bits just seem way too silly to actually be true. I honestly just can't believe that it's real. It's too stereotypical of what Internet Michael Bay haters would assume. I'm not saying I'm a fan of his, but do you know what I mean? It just seems way too blatantly horrible. No one is that dumb... right? Right!? Hell, I hope not.
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10:42PM on 08/27/2012
I thought the first Ninja Turtles movie was pretty good. It was campy, didn't take itself too seriously, but still had some good action scenes. The two following movies however are pure dreck, as will this Alien Turtles thing they are pushing.
I thought the first Ninja Turtles movie was pretty good. It was campy, didn't take itself too seriously, but still had some good action scenes. The two following movies however are pure dreck, as will this Alien Turtles thing they are pushing.
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10:28PM on 08/27/2012

Huge Bay fan

I love Bay but he really needs to start going back to original work like he did with bad boys and the rock ect. He is best when it doesn't involve an already established franchise. Leave this alone Bay and go back to making R rated action flicks we love. He still has it in him, hopefully Pain and Gain will be a return to form.
I love Bay but he really needs to start going back to original work like he did with bad boys and the rock ect. He is best when it doesn't involve an already established franchise. Leave this alone Bay and go back to making R rated action flicks we love. He still has it in him, hopefully Pain and Gain will be a return to form.
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10:27PM on 08/27/2012
This may make the RoboCop reboot look like The freaking Godfather.
This may make the RoboCop reboot look like The freaking Godfather.
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10:23PM on 08/27/2012

Tidbit.

Nah.
Nah.
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9:14PM on 08/27/2012
News just goes from bad to worse with this movie.
Also, is it possible for studios to make 2 separate films from 1 property? Like they could make this kid's movie crap produced by Bay, but also make a dark gritty TMNT for adult fans. Hell, you'd probably need a smaller budget and make more money with the latter anyway. Why does it have to be one or the other?
News just goes from bad to worse with this movie.
Also, is it possible for studios to make 2 separate films from 1 property? Like they could make this kid's movie crap produced by Bay, but also make a dark gritty TMNT for adult fans. Hell, you'd probably need a smaller budget and make more money with the latter anyway. Why does it have to be one or the other?
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8:49PM on 08/27/2012
I got a chance to read the script that leaked and it was just awful. It really was a Transformers, but with Ninja Turtles (I'm sorry Alien turtles). Major revisions are in order!
I got a chance to read the script that leaked and it was just awful. It really was a Transformers, but with Ninja Turtles (I'm sorry Alien turtles). Major revisions are in order!
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8:00PM on 08/27/2012

Dear Michael Bay...

Why?......why would you make the humans the central focus? Why did you do that with Transformers?! Why is every movie you're making these days an adaptation of 90's cartoons??? Why are you still making films!!!???

Michael Bay - You need to chill out. People are gonna pay for this shit. You just watch.
Why?......why would you make the humans the central focus? Why did you do that with Transformers?! Why is every movie you're making these days an adaptation of 90's cartoons??? Why are you still making films!!!???

Michael Bay - You need to chill out. People are gonna pay for this shit. You just watch.
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7:57PM on 08/27/2012
christ. . . it's Highlander 2 all over again. . .
christ. . . it's Highlander 2 all over again. . .
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7:35PM on 08/27/2012
I'm confused? I enjoyed my TMNT as much as the next kid, but were the movies so great that they cannot be touched? I don't really think this script is pi**ing on such a wonderful legacy.
I'm confused? I enjoyed my TMNT as much as the next kid, but were the movies so great that they cannot be touched? I don't really think this script is pi**ing on such a wonderful legacy.
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7:18PM on 08/27/2012
Please let this be an April Fool's Day joke of next year.
Please let this be an April Fool's Day joke of next year.
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7:12PM on 08/27/2012
why couldn't have they made a sequel to TMNT? That I would have liked to see.
why couldn't have they made a sequel to TMNT? That I would have liked to see.
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7:03PM on 08/27/2012
Oh, c'mon, it's not that bad. It could still have been a fun film.
Oh, c'mon, it's not that bad. It could still have been a fun film.
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7:01PM on 08/27/2012

E.T: The best story & film featuring Turtles is....

TMNT: TURTLES FOREVER animated movie, hands down. TMNT was really good, but Turtles Forever is just plain awesome with its story juggling different dimensions and Turtles from different ages with each having contrasting manners & looks, its just too good. And I disagree with CGI being only way, they can be realistically done with motion capture like Rise of the Planet of the Apes or the latest Hulk from Avengers,

As for the main story, I'll patiently ride out this shitstorm that is Bay
TMNT: TURTLES FOREVER animated movie, hands down. TMNT was really good, but Turtles Forever is just plain awesome with its story juggling different dimensions and Turtles from different ages with each having contrasting manners & looks, its just too good. And I disagree with CGI being only way, they can be realistically done with motion capture like Rise of the Planet of the Apes or the latest Hulk from Avengers,

As for the main story, I'll patiently ride out this shitstorm that is Bay produced Turtles and wait for the inevitable reboot, which if God willing, will go down as dark gritty update contrasting the lighthearted funs of original movies (If the animated movies prove anything, its that Turtle movies can be dark & serious as well as actionpacked fun, doesn't have to be dumbed down.)
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10:22PM on 08/27/2012
Motion capture IS CGI.
Motion capture IS CGI.
12:48AM on 08/28/2012
As the tidbit was referencing TMNT, which is animated, and saying CGI is the correst way, I got the impression that here CGI refers to Computer Generated ANIMATION MOVIES (I could be wrong tho). Thats why I was suggesting motion capture to do a LIVE ACTION movie, as oppose to CGI, which I meant here as Computer Animation like TMNT, NOT the CGI thingy done on a liveaction film.
As the tidbit was referencing TMNT, which is animated, and saying CGI is the correst way, I got the impression that here CGI refers to Computer Generated ANIMATION MOVIES (I could be wrong tho). Thats why I was suggesting motion capture to do a LIVE ACTION movie, as oppose to CGI, which I meant here as Computer Animation like TMNT, NOT the CGI thingy done on a liveaction film.
6:48PM on 08/27/2012
Alright Paramount/Nickelodean you have more than a year to correct this BS and save it from being basically the Bayformers but with the turtles. I wounder how big the truck of money was that they used to get Kevin Eastman to say this was good.
Alright Paramount/Nickelodean you have more than a year to correct this BS and save it from being basically the Bayformers but with the turtles. I wounder how big the truck of money was that they used to get Kevin Eastman to say this was good.
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6:38PM on 08/27/2012

TMNT was good, but the 1st Live action movie is near perfect.

I think above all, that every shred of info about this current project feels like someone punching my 10 year old inner self in the balls, but I still think there is a way to put these characters back into suits without CGI (maybe just a little to smooth out kinks) and still make a badass movie. But this... aint it.
I think above all, that every shred of info about this current project feels like someone punching my 10 year old inner self in the balls, but I still think there is a way to put these characters back into suits without CGI (maybe just a little to smooth out kinks) and still make a badass movie. But this... aint it.
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