Word has it that casting for Michael Bay’s ‘Ninja Turtles’ has begun in Vancouver.

The following details come via The Province:

"Word in casting and pre-production circles around town is that the big-screen reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is heading to Vancouver for a late summer or early fall filming start

Details of the plot via IMDB:

The movie is scheduled to hit theatres December 2013. Here’s the imdb one-liner on plot: “Aliens invade Earth and inadvertently spawn a quartet of mutated reptile warriors, the Ninja Turtles, who rise up against them to defend the world.”

via The Province

On June 7th, Den of Geek writer Matt Edwards was given the great opportunity of sitting down with TMNT Co-Creator Kevin Eastman and Nickelodeon Senior Vice President Rick Magallanes. Topics of discussing include the comic, movie, and cartoon reboots, voice actors, and the legacy of the original TMNT film.

Kevin Eastman on the original TMNT film by Steve Barron:

"It was the perfect blend of the original black and white comics and the animated series. I saw it recently, within the last couple of years, on the big screen. I hadn’t seen it since the 90s, since when it came it out, and when I saw it again so many parts of it still hold up. Steve’s visual sense, his storytelling sense, what Jim Henson did with the creatures, with the costuming to make them actually work; that’s my favorite."

- Kevin Eastman, Den of Geek 

Click any of the links for the full interview. Look forward to the TMNT CG-animated cartoon on Nickelodeon this fall!

via Den of Geek

In an interview with Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller, Film School Rejects debunk concept art rumor and give a peak into the direction and style of Michael Bay’s upcoming ‘Ninja Turtles' reboot:

Were you and Andrew [Form, producer] always thinking of jumping into tentpole filmmaking?

We had signed our deal with Paramount, and they had mentioned the title to us two years ago. We were fans of theTurtles. I personally love martial arts films, cheesy and great. When Andrew, Michael [Bay], and I sat around and talked about it it seemed like a cool idea. When we sawRise of the Planet of the Apeswe were blown away by how realistic that looked, and it really had an impact on us. We said, “Wow, if they could look like that…” Well, they’re not going to look like Apes, but if the technology is at the place where someone doesn’t think if it’s a real ape or not, then maybe it’s time to drill down and see how we can get the Turtles made.

I’m guessing you’re considering motion-capture?

We’re figuring it out now. We’re not sure exactly what it has to be, but the bar is very high.

The suits could now be a little cheesy in a modern setting. 

Yeah, yeah, I don’t think we’re going to go in that direction.

Tonally, are you hoping for something more serious?

Jonathan Liebesman's work can be described in a lot of ways, but cheesy is not one of them. He's really talented and his work, to me, is gritty. We all want to make a coolTurtlemovie.

So it’s going to be gritty and grounded?

Liebesman’s work is gritty, but I don’t necessarily think this movie will be gritty. It’ll be grounded.

Was that “leaked” concept art of the Turtles real?

No. I can tell you that with absolute authority, because we don’t know what the Turtles are going to look like yet.”

- Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects

Jack Giroux (Film School Rejects) | (Twitter)

[RUMOR] Kid Cudi Cast in Bay’s ‘Ninja Turtles?’

According to writer Sara Gates at Huffington Post Entertainment, hip-hop artist Kid Cudi has been “dropping hints about his next big project, and it might not have anything to do with his music” (Huffington Post Entertainment).

The first clue was a post on Kid Cudi’s “Cud Life" Tumblr page of the artwork seen above. The art was posted on on April 2, 2012 with the following caption:

"An original one of a kind sketch of an unknown Ninja Turtle by one half of the creators, Kevin Eastman. A gift given to me by my homies Andrew Form and Brad Fuller over at Platinum Dunes. Hint hint mane" - Kid Cudi, Cud Life Tumblr

On the same day as the Tumblr post, Kid Cudi sent out the following tweet:

"To everyone with doubts & concerns about the new TMNT reboot, trust me, there is NOTHING to worry about. Trust. Everyone will be pleased!" - Kid Cudi, @wizardcud

Whether Kid Cudi will be acting in the film or contributing to the soundtrack is anyone’s guess. WIll he be the new Keno? Will he provide a cover of “Ninja Rap?” Stay tuned to TMNTPartyVan.com for further details!

View Sara’s original editorial here!

[ART] Age old TMNT artist Jim Lawson plays with the idea of an alien TMNT

[VIDEO] Collider had the privilege of interviewing Jonathan Liebesman regarding the release of Wrath of the Titans but also allowed him to clarify Michael Bay’s comments and elaborate on the direction of the TMNT movie reboot “Ninja Turtles.” The video above is the segment of the interview regarding the TMNT.

The important quotes are as follows:

“Look, it’s so funny—if everyone was such a die-hard fan, they would know that the TCRI canisters where the ooze comes from.  That is alien ooze.  Now I’m not saying what Michael said is exactly what the movie is, because we’re sitting in a room now figuring everything out.  So we don’t know, but we are like Michael said: we’re expanding it, and the expansion will be true to the mythology.  I promise you: fans will love it.”

“Whatever mythology we’re building on or expanding is coming from that guy, Kevin Eastman’s head, who created the Turtles in the first place.  And so everything will tie in with the mythology; fans will be extremely excited with what we’re coming up with.  A lot of it is stuff he’s wanted to do for a long time, but just hasn’t had the opportunity because now we have the budget and things on this film to expand it in the right way.  And so, I’m happy that everyone is extremely passionate, and they will not be disappointed.  It’s all coming from the best possible place for this franchise.”

“All I’ll say is that I love how they did [The Rise of the Planet of the Apes].  That was exceptional.”

“We’re definitely into the action, but for me what’s more important than that is that it’s a story about brotherhood and friendship and responsibility.  Right now, I’m with the characters because those are what attracted me to the movie.  They’re the best characters I’ll have had a chance to deal with.” 

- Jonathan Liebesman, Collider

You can find the full interview with time codes on Collider here!

EDIT: The video has been removed for formatting issue. View the TMNT portion of the interview here.

[VIDEO] IGN caught up with Ninja Turtles director Jonathan Liebesman to discuss the controversy surrounding the movie reboot.

Hit the link above for an interesting read by Hollywood.com writer Matt Patches, arguing reasons why Michael Bay should change the turtles. 

[UPDATE] TMNT Director Talks Origin and Effects

According to Complex Magazine, Liebesman spoke with Cinema Blend regarding the revamped origins of the TMNT:

"I don’t know yet because I’m sitting in a room with Kevin Eastman who co-created it and we’re busy working on it. But if you were a fan, you’ll love it and if you’re a new fan, you’ll love it, too, but anything new or expanding the universe is all coming from Kevin and is true to the mythology and will tie in with the mythology and people can rest assured their childhoods are safe.” - Jonathan Liebesman, Cinema Blend

Regarding the look of the new turtles, Liebesman stated the following:

"I think for turtles you’d look at Rise of the Planet of the Apes, you know, that kind of stuff.” - Jonathan Liebesman, Cinema Blend

[UPDATE] Turtlegate: TMNT Title Change

Michael Bay has released a statement on his official blog announcing that the new TMNT movie will simply be titled “Ninja Turtles:”

"Paramount marketing changed the name. They made the title simple. The characters you all remember are exactly the same, and yes they still act like teenagers. Everything you remember, why you liked the characters, is in the movie. This script is being developed by two very smart writers, with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles. They care VERY MUCH about making this film for the fans. Everyone on this team cares about the fans. Just give them a chance. Jonathan the director, is a major fan of the whole franchise. HE’S NOT GOING TO LET YOU DOWN." - Michael Bay, Official Blog

News comes via Jim Vejvoda at IGN.com