Though the role is not specified, can you see Elizabeth Olsen as the next April O’Neil? Sound off in the comments below!
MovieWeb.com is reporting that Michael Bay and Corey Feldman have struck up communications about Feldman reprising his role as Donatello for Bay’s upcoming TMNT film reboot Ninja Turtles.
“I will say this much. Michael Bay and I have become social acquaintances. We have traded cell phone numbers. We have been in communication. I have let him know that I support the project. He has let me know that he is a fan of my work. Its kind of…We are communicating. I wouldn’t say there has been a formal offer, or anything like that. Its not even really going to be Michael Bay’s decision. It’s going to be the director of the film’s decision.” - MovieWeb.com
As many of you are aware, Goonies/Lost Boys star Corey Feldman voiced Donatello in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action film.
Read the full interview at MovieWeb.com!
Reports are flying in that Paramount has shut down production on Michael Bay’s ‘Ninja Turtles’ reboot!
The following exclusive report comes from The Hollywood Reporter:
UPDATED: The film was set for a December 2013 release. A source close the production says the movie will come out in May 2014
Paramount Pictures has shut down a planned reboot of the Ninja Turtles franchise, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The effects-heavy film, which was in preproduction in Vancouver, was set for release in December 2013. That date is being pushed to May 2014, according to sources.
The issue is said to be the script. Paramount has delayed several big movies from this year to 2013, including G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Brad Pitt’s World War Z, leaving it with a spotty pipeline for the current year. Now it 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 sources. Another source close to the production says the movie has been pushed by ten weeks.
A Paramount rep would not immediately comment.
Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes is producing and Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) is set to direct from a script by Kevin Eastman and Andre Nemec. Other key players include Bournefranchise line producer Denis Stewart and effects man Dan Bradley (Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol).
The move comes as analysts have been knocking Viacom’s Nickelodeon division for lower ratings. TheNinja Turtles project, a joint Paramount-Nickelodeon production, was eyed as a chance to bolster Nickelodeon as well as reboot a family film franchise. The studio had paid media mogul Haim Saban a hefty sum for rights to the property, which had been the basis for three hit movies for New Line Cinema in the 1990s.
In May, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman touted the Ninja Turtles reboot in a call with investors. “Our pipeline is extremely strong,” he said. “We’re developing more new [episodes] of our popular series and more exciting new series. And of course, we’re particularly excited about the revival of the [Teenage Mutant Ninja] Turtles franchise.”
In a previous post, we mentioned that Viacom CEO announced that the TMNT would be making their return to the big screen by the end of 2013. Now, according to Box Office Mojo, that release date has become a bit more defined: December 25, 2013.
Stay tuned for more updates at TMNT Party Van!
With such dark source material as the original comics, TMNT must be the most difficult “children’s” franchise to work with.
Should the reboot exude a darker realism a la Nolan’s Batman, or an over-the-top Shrek-style adventure? Can we hope for a happy medium? Better yet, should the TMNT ever have been marketed toward children or do we have children to thank for their continual presence? Have we gone overboard? Probably, but we will blame it on our excitement of the news of a live action movie reboot!
Ps. Usagi Yojimbo… We whole hardily agree!
Justin Kroll at Variety has reported that director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), is in talks to direct Paramount’s live-action TMNT reboot.
Other details include:
- Michael Bay (Transformers,The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), and horror reboot kings Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th) would produce for Platinum Dunes.
Can we expect a darker, more action packed reboot of the TMNT brothers? Check back at TMNT Party Van for future updates!
Thanks to @IGN for the lead!
It has been confirmed that Sean Astin (Rudy, Lord of the Rings, Goonies) will be the voice of Raphael in the new TMNT reboot!
Along with this news, in an interview with EW, Sean stated that Rob Paulsen, who voiced Raphael in the original TMNT cartoon, will be voicing Donatello in the new TMNT reboot.
So this is where we stand:
Leonardo = Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs)
Raphael = Rudy (Sean Astin)
Donatello = Raphael (Rob Paulsen)