Surprisingly enough, it hasn't been that long since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been on the big screen. Last seen back in 2007, the fully CGI movie somewhat ushered in a new era for the Turtles, which was capitalized on by an all-new TV series coming later this fall, all stemming from their return to the small screen just a past decade ago. Now, it seems the films will be following most Hollywood products, and be gaining a reboot. But, it's who the director will reportedly be that has people talking.
Variety reports that Jonathan Liebesman,director of Battle Los Angeles and upcoming helmer of Wrath of the Titans, is in talks now with Michael Bay's Platinum-Dunes to lead the Turtles into a new look in theaters everywhere. Interestingly enough, this would be the TMNT's first live action film over twenty years.
Josh Appelbaum and Andre Namec, who wrote the recent hit Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, are penning the script for the film, and it will definitely be interesting to see how it pans out. The duo have wrote various episodes of Alias, Life on Mars, and more, but Ghost Protocol was their feature debut. There is the possibility they could have a sophomore slump, and with a delicate well-known franchise like this, it's definitely going to be interesting to see if the film comes together nicely.
Liebesman's direction in Battle LA was definitely a negative point many critics chose to voice their opinions on, and with the news of the director possibly getting this job, it's sure to rub some people the wrong way. Could the upcoming Titans sequel change their minds, or will they simply believe Liebesman will put too much CGI in the upcoming ninja fighting reboot?
The film's plot details are basically nill at this point, but we do know the film will also be produced by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, in order to properly tie it in to the new television series premiering on the network sometime this year, and the movie is expecting to begin production before the year is up, in order to make a possible 2013 release.
So, what do you think of a Michael Bay-produced and Jonathan Liebesman-directed TMNT reboot? Let us know either in the comments below, or tweet us @FilmThrasher on Twitter!