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A NOTE REGARDING SPOILERS

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable. Please note that the entries at the bottom of this page are about the ending of TMNT and are not covered with tags.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for TMNT can be found here.

Kevin Munroe (the director) and Tom Gray (the producer) explain (in the Super Hero Hype interview) that the reason was because no studio wanted to do another live action TMNT movie, feeling that the (live-action) franchise was dead or had been done, also noting that the movie would've been insanely expensive done live action (another reason the studios passed) but when they pitched it as a CGI it was easier to shop around as they would be able to accomplish everything they could in a big budget live action film but at a fraction of the cost thanks to CGI.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within cost a phenomenal amount of money to make, and was considered a colossal failure that resulted in the director being fired and the company being bought out. Conversely, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children was aimed at a very focused audience, where resources could be dedicated and still have the film be successful. This is not the approach the directors of TMNT wanted to take. They wanted to stay true to the original story, while still appealing to a wide enough audience in order to make money. In doing so, they felt that a more stylized rendering would help the film's success.

It is a loose sequel to the original films, much like Superman Returns is to the first two Superman movies.

It takes place after the first movie. Parts of the second and third movie are acknowledged (such as the appearance of the ooze cannister from the second movie and the Time Sceptre from the third) on Splinter's trophy wall, but it is unclear how much of those two movies is considered canon at this point.

It also bears noting that, in the same image, it is unclear whether the cannister that contained the "ooze" that mutated the Turtles and Splinter is marked "TCRI", as in the comics and the 2003 cartoon, or "TGRI" as in the second film.

Kevin Munroe has stated that they are in the 18-19 years old range.

http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/showpost.php?p=466492&postcount=301:


Johnnyblaze we never specifically set an age. I like that 18-19 range of just becoming a real adult on your own, etc. It's the kick you out of your nest point in your life. Good character drama age.

Is Shredder in this?

The Shredder is pictured very briefly in a recap at the beginning of the movie, but does not appear in the story itself.

Director Kevin Munroe says:

"As for Shredder in TMNT, yeah, I saw a lot of people saying he'll be making a cameo. We have nods to him in the film, but there isn't a scene with him or anything. But again, I wouldn't say he's gone from the franchise..."

Producer Tom Gray (in the IGN interview) stated they had felt they had done Shredder to death by this point with comics, TV shows, and first two movies, so they wanted to take a break from him so they could use and introduce some other villains.

There is a hint that the Shredder may appear in a sequel, and Munroe has more to say on that point in an interview (http://www.firstshowing.net/2007/03/04/tmnt-sequel-planned-could-we-see-shredder/):

"Because we now have these sort of better Shredder stories of how to bring Shredder back. But now if it works out well, and Karai coming to New York, that's a setup for a really good volume in The Turtles in the comics as well, it could work out to a really cool sequel."

He is referring to the City at War arc from the Mirage comics, in which Karai temporarily takes on the mantle of the Shredder. So it is possible that if we see the Shredder in a sequel, it will be Karai and not Oroku Saki wearing the armor. This is supported by past statements by Peter Laird that he does not want Saki to return.

No. While Mirage does own the rights to those characters, Peter Laird wants to keep this movie true to the mood of the comics, the first movie, and the 2003 animated series, and as far away from the original, campy animated series as possible.

While a number of posters on the board have claimed that Mirage doesn't own the rights to the cast from the cartoon, Laird had this to say when the issue came up in the 2003 animated series ( http://www.planetracers.com/blast/prblast0073.html ):


It has been stated a number of times in various places that the reason the new animated show does not feature Krang, Bebop, Rocksteady and the Technodrome is that Mirage does not have the rights to those characters. This is not true. We have the rights to those characters and most of the other characters from the old animated series. The reason they are not in the new show has NOTHING to do with rights issues, but rather the fact that I did not want to use them.

Is the Foot Clan in this?

Yes, led by Karai (taking over from the defeated Shredder).

April, Casey, Splinter, and Karai.

Who is Karai?

Karai takes over leadership of the Foot after the Shredder's defeat. She first appeared in the original Mirage comic series and can also be seen in the 2003 animated series. For more in-depth information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karai

While it is unclear when April quit her reporter job, the prequel comic establishes that she got the archaeology job as a result of her work at the Second Time Around antique store. Max Winters approached her and was impressed by her expert knowledge, so he employed her to seek out the artifacts he was looking for.

It is also worth noting that April was never a reporter in the original comic series or the 2003 cartoon series. For more in-depth information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_O%27Neil

As stated before, the turtles are now 18-19 years old. In the original films they were 15-16 years old. So, in those three years, April has been training under Master Splinter.

Not exactly, but the movie isn't very clear either. The following scenes are presented in the order that they appear:

1) We see Winters overlooking the captured monsters. There are three empty spaces. (10 out of 13 captured)

2) Raphael and Casey witness the Generals capture the flying monster. (11 out of 13 captured)

3) General Aguila told Winters that there are two more monsters left, which is correct by our count.

4) General Aguila then tells the other three generals that they shouldn't find the 13th monster if they want to live forever. In this scene we briefly see the generals forcing some sort of monster with tentacles into a cage. Now, here is where it gets confusing. We could assume that this is the flying monster that they just captured, however the flying monster did not have any apparent tentacles on it. If this was a different monster, then that would bring the count to 12. However, we could also rationalize that either (a) the flying monster did in fact have hidden tentacles or (b) this was one of the previous 10 monsters that was trying to break out.

5) Raphael battles with the Jersey Devil in the diner.

6) Leo is then captured by the stone generals and is used as the 13th monster.

7) Later we see that the Jersey Devil has since been captured off screen along with Leo. (12 out of 13 captured, Leo not counting)

8) At the end of the movie, the 13th monster is delivered via the Cowabunga Carl van to the swirling vortex. (13 out of 13 captured)

So, while there was no blatant plot hole, the 4th scene above makes this questionable.

Munroe said they tried it, but it looked too weird.

http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/showpost.php?p=452590&postcount=224:


I knew I'd get this question sooner or later. We actually tried a version of it. It looked okay if you knew the origin of the story. Otherwise, it looked a little strange at first glance. It was a conscious decision to go full-eared. We just added a line about his otoplasty procedure and how it improved his self-esteem, finally enabling him to love again. Aww.

Peter Laird was closely involved with the project.

Kevin Eastman was not involved in any official capacity, as he sold his creative stake in the TMNT property to Laird several years back, but claims in a Newsarama interview that he helped with the initial deal and had regular contact with Kevin Munroe during the process.

(Source: http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=127540)

There's a brief but very thorough rundown of all the TMNT comics on Newsarama, http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=105939.

The official TMNT website is ninjaturtles.com. It contains the most comprehensive information you're likely to find on all things TMNT, and in addition to summaries of all the comic series (Mirage, Archie, Image, Dreamwave), it has the first ten issues of the original series, as well as Fugitoid #1, available in their entirety for online viewing:

http://www.ninjaturtles.com/comics/mirage/one/pg01.htm

http://www.ninjaturtles.com/comics/mirage/two/pg01.htm

http://www.ninjaturtles.com/comics/mirage/three/pg01.htm

http://www.ninjaturtles.com/comics/mirage/raphael/pg01.htm

http://www.ninjaturtles.com/comics/mirage/four/pg01.htm

http://www.ninjaturtles.com/comics/mirage/fugitoid/pg01.htm

http://www.ninjaturtles.com/comics/mirage/five/pg01.htm

http://www.ninjaturtles.com/comics/mirage/michaelangelo/pg01.htm

http://www.ninjaturtles.com/comics/mirage/six/pg01.htm

http://www.ninjaturtles.com/comics/mirage/donatello/pg01.htm

http://www.ninjaturtles.com/comics/mirage/seven/pg01.htm

A new issue will be posted roughly every two months.

The ninjaturtles.com site also has a catalog section at http://www.ninjaturtles.com/catalog.htm -- it's low-tech and requires that you print out an order form and mail it in, but there are some great deals there.

Back issues are also available at comic sites such as nostalgiazone.com.

For current issues of the TMNT comic, including the miniseries that leads up to the new movie, support your local comic shop.

Nothing official. While producer Harvey Weinstein said "It's sequel time, dudes" after the film's highly successful opening weekend (source: http://movies.yahoo.com/mv/news/ap/20070325/117485040000.html), viewership dropped sharply after that and the movie has not been as successful as the studio initially hoped.

Kevin Munroe commented on the Technodrome Forums (http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/showpost.php?p=490850&postcount=503):


As for sequel talk, despite the Harvey's enthusiastic quote after opening weekend, there really hasn't been any official talk since. The general feeling is that we need it to roll out worldwide before any big decisions are made. But I know that the games and particularly the toys are selling like gangbusters, so all these things help on top of it. And so even "if" we move forward on a sequel, it'll still be a while before we jump into it. And it'll have to start the same way as before sitting down with Pete and brainstorming and coming up with cool new ideas for the next chapter.


It bears remembering that the Weinsteins are well-known for supporting films that perform modestly at the box office, and usually consider a film a success so long as it makes back its budget, which TMNT has. It also bears noting that bigger studios have released bigger failures but are still planning sequels due to the popularity of the characters.

Steve Murphy has said on the Technodrome Forums (http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/showpost.php?p=513515&postcount=43):


The show's future will be decided following the Licensing Show (in NYC in June). Only then will decisions be made regarding what direction the show would take (assuming, of course, that the show continues).

It is at that point that we will also know whether or not a greenlight is given to a movie sequel. This and the precding point are directly related.


The Licensing Show was June 19 - 21, and there has be no solid announcement as of yet. However, Murphy has recently posted news on his personal blog that seems to point to there being a sequel (http://the-5th-turtle.blogspot.com/2007/06/movie-sequel-status.html):


As of two weeks ago Imagi Entertainment (the TMNT movie animation studio) informed Mirage Studios that there was a 50-50 chance of a CGI film sequel. Last week they upped the odds to 70-30 in favor of a sequel, as talks between Imagi and their distribution partners Warner Brothers and the Weinstein Group seem to be heading in a positive direction....


Clint at Moviehole.com has commented on the films status (http://www.moviehole.net/news/20080319_caffeinated_clint_19308.html):


7. TMNT 2 Never say Never, but last I heard, Warner Bros are abandoning their plans to do a sequel to last years Ninja Turtles restart. The plan originally, was to do a further two films the next wouldve seen the heroes in hardshells taking on old foe, Shredder in the series. Some initial work had even begun on the next sequel. After the lacklustre performance of TMNT though, the studio put the sequels on indefinite hold.


Murphy has posted news that Mirage may be looking at other studios for another film (http://the-5th-turtle.blogspot.com/2008/05/tmnt-movie-2-update.html):


Thursday, May 29, 2008 TMNT movie 2 update

The rumor circulating with regards to the animation studio Imagi and its relationship to the sequel of the TMNT film is, perhaps, true. Below find the official word:

Imagi's unilateral option to produce and distribute a sequel to the 2007 TMNT CG-animated movie expired on April 30, 2008. As a result, while Mirage continues to speak with Imagi, Mirage has begun discussions with several other movie companies regarding the production of a new TMNT film for distribution sometime in the not-too-distant future.

We should have substantial news on this to report by the end of summer. ;)


Peter Laird has talked about how they are exploring different options on how to do the next film such as a live-action film with CGI turtles (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/080610-TMNT25-Laird.html):


NRAMA: On the film development front, how's it going with Imagi and WB on the sequel?

PL: I'm not sure that we will be working with Imagi on the sequel -- I'd like to, but we're looking into other options. I can't really talk about it in detail, but there are several interested parties we're talking to. One of the things which seems to appeal to everyone is this idea of doing what people are calling a "hybrid" movie -- one where most of it will be live-action, but the Turtles would be very realistically rendered CGI characters. I think that could be, if done correctly, incredibly cool. One thing that I would love to see happen is to try to get Sarah Michelle Gellar and Chris Evans (who performed the voices of April O'Neil and Casey Jones in the 2007 computer-animated TMNT movie) to reprise those roles in a sequel... but as live-action versions of April and Casey. I think that would be wicked cool! As far as I know, at this point they have not been asked, and I have no idea if they would be interested in doing it. I can hope, though!


At the Playmates Toys website (the official license holders of the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' license), it is mentioned of a live-action film (http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/07/16/new-live-action-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-movie-in-the-works/):


Following the success of the 'TMNT' theatrical release in 2007, Mirage licensing and Imagi studios have begun work on a new live-action TMNT film for 2010. It's the turtles like you've never seen them before! Shellalicious!


Kevin Eastman talked about a live-action "re-invention" of TMNT (http://www.superherohype.com/news.php?id=7635):


Kevin Eastman Talks Live-Action TMNT Source:RezBlack September 2, 2008

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" co-creator Kevin Eastman has confirmed the rumors that Imagi and Warner Bros. are in talks to develop a new live-action movie based on the characters. He posted the following at HeavyMetal.com (http://metaltv.rightangleinc.com/mboard/read.php?4,14844):

Yes, it is true. Although the CGI film did well enough to warrent a sequel, there has been much talk between Imagi and Warners to do a better "re-invention" (newest Hollywood buzzword) of the TMNT's, in a live action film--like what was done with Batman. Back to basics, back to the origin and the intro of the Shredder, etc...there have been talks, trips to Northampton to talk to Mr Laird, and discussions with the original "first" TMNT film director Steve Barron to come back and do it right--but no official word yet...will keep you posted. Best, Kevin

The CG-animated movie TMNT, which was released in March of 2007, earned $95 million worldwide compared to its $34 million budget


Murphy has said that rumors are untrue (http://the-5th-turtle.blogspot.com/2008/09/rumor-fatigue.html):


Wednesday, September 3, 2008 Rumor fatigue

This (http://perezhilton.com/2008-09-03-coming-soon-live-action-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles) is complete nonsense and entirely untrue.


Laird Responds To Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Rumors; Confirms Deal For Live-Action/CGI Hybrid Is Close (http://splashpage.mtv.com/2008/09/09/peter-laird-responds-to-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-movie-rumors-confirms-deal-for-live-actioncgi-hybrid-is-close/)


MTV: Peter, there was a lot of buzz recently when Kevin Eastman posted on his website that there have been trips out to Northampton to talk with you, as well as [original "TMNT" director"] Steve Barron, about a potential live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. How serious are these talks?

Peter Laird: I have to say that I dont know why Kevin was talking about something with which he has no involvement. The blurb he put on his website was very inaccurate. He has not been involved with any meetings in Northampton, nor any others related to a new TMNT movie, as far as I know. That being said, I can confirm that we have had several meetings with very interested people, and I think we are pretty close to making a deal. As owner of the TMNT property, I want to be the first to announce it at a time of my choosing (hopefully soon).

MTV: Why another live-action TMNT film, and why now?

PL: As it stands now, there is no intention of doing another live-action film like the first three, with actors and stuntmen in actual Turtle suits, contrary to what was said by Kevin. We have pretty much decided that the next TMNT movie should be what weve been calling a hybrid that is to say, live-action humans and sets combined with very realistic CGI Turtles (and possibly some other CGI characters).


Laird was interviewed by ENI and gave some new insights about the next film (http://enewsi.com/news.php?catid=189&itemid=14031):


ENI: Recently there have been rumors flying around about another TMNT feature film in the works? Is that true? If so will it be CGI or live-action and why the decision to do one or the other?

Peter: Since the 2007 "TMNT" movie, we have been talking about doing a fifth film. We are currently VERY close to signing a deal to do a new film, and if it happens, the current thinking is to have it be a live action/CGI "hybrid", which is to say that the Turtles and Splinter (and possibly some other characters which we've yet to introduce) would be rendered very realistically in CGI, while everything else would be filmed in live action.

ENI: Do you have anyone in mind to direct?

Peter Peter: Not really. Steve Barron's name has come up in our early discussions, and I would be happy to see him do it, but as far as I know, right now no one has been picked.

ENI: Would this be a total re-boot or pick up from either the movies in the 90s or the more recent CGI film?

Peter: We still haven't decided on which way to go. There are pluses and minuses to each approach. Really, we are at the very beginning of talking about the story.

ENI: Is there anyone in particular you are looking at you would like to star in the movie?

Peter: I have said that I think it would be cool to try to get Sarah Michelle Gellar and Chris Evans, who very ably voiced April and Casey, respectively, in the "TMNT" CGI movie, to reprise those roles -- but this time in live action. I think it could be the first time something like that has been done. However, I have no idea if either of them would be interested in doing it, and there are also probably a lot of other actors who could do those parts well. Again, it's very early in the process, and I don't think anyone has been formally approached.

ENI: Will Kevin Eastman have any involvement in the movie?

Peter: No.


A live-action reboot was announced for 2011 (http://www.moviehole.net/200918725-turtles-live-action-reboot-announced)


Turtles live-action reboot announced! Author: Clint Morris Date: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 Time: 11:23 pm

It was rumoured a while back that the Ninja Turtles might return as a live-action movie as opposed to a CGI feature like 2006s TMNT. Variety (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118002745.html?categoryid=13&cs=1) has confirmed plans for a stunt men-driven reboot.

The Mirage Group, which owns the property, is moving forward with a live-action film focusing on the origins of the iconic crime fighters.

The film has been announced to tie in with the 25th anniversary of the pizza-eating green squad. The "Shell-ebration" will also include lighting the Empire State Building in "turtle green, and a screening of the origin al 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Legendary Pictures former chief marketing officer Scott Mednick is producing the new pic alongside Galen Walker, who produced the 2007 computer-animated "TMNT" pic, the most recent installment in the franchise.

"The original dozen comics created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman are some of the best source material one could hope for," said Mednick, whose exec producing credits include the upcoming "Where the Wild Things Are." Laird, who bought out creator Kevin Eastman's share of the property several years ago, said the film will remain true to the spirit of the original comicbooks. He added that the pic may employ face replacement technology, which would allow the turtles to be much more expressive.


Laird discussed more on what storyline the film may take and how they turtles will be done (http://splashpage.mtv.com/2009/04/27/exclusive-co-creator-of-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-reveals-more-details-about-new-film/)


EXCLUSIVE: Co-Creator Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reveals More Details About New Film Published by Rick Marshall on Monday, April 27, 2009 at 4:01 pm.

That sound you heard last week? That was millions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans yelling Cowabunga! at the news that the famous Heroes in a Half Shell would be returning to the big screen in a new movie scheduled to hit theaters in 2011.

While rumors of a new TMNT movie have been circulating for a while now, last weeks official announcement kicked off a nationwide celebration of the characters 25th Anniversary.

Back in September, I spoke with Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird to clear up some of the initial rumors surrounding the film, and now that its official, he was able to offer a few more details about the return of Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo to the big screen.

I can say that at this point there are a lot of positive feelings about a Batman Begins-style reboot, which would, of necessity, include a retelling of the Turtles origin story, Laird told MTV News of early plot discussions regarding the film. Having said that, I would also be into an all-new story, if it was decided that that was a more desirable direction. Either way is fine with me, to be honest!

Laird went so far as to share some specific story points that TMNT fans hold near and dear to their hearts as potential elements in the upcoming film.

Simply telling the story of what happened in the first issue of the TMNT comic book would be a pretty short movie, so I suspect other things from the Turtles history in the comics might be brought into it, continued Laird. I would not be unhappy to somehow see the tale of Baxter Stockman and the robotic mousers folded into this movie, as well as some elements possibly setting up the TCRI connection for a possible sixth (or seventh) movie. But I think Im getting a little ahead of myself there.

As for other characters were likely to see in the film, the Ninja Turtles co-creator said the villainous Shredder would be a necessity for any TMNT origin story, and also mentioned that both intrepid reporter April ONeil and vigilante Casey Jones came up during recent creative discussions.

Finally, Laird also offered a few more details regarding the way in which the live-action filming and computer-generated effects will blend to bring the Turtles to the screen in the upcoming film.

The basic idea, as I understand it, is to do an all live action shoot, with actors and stuntmen in full Turtle suits, said Laird. To add expressiveness to the Turtles faces which would be difficult if not impossible to get with animatronics and/or puppetry, there would be face replacement, with CGI Turtle faces superimposed on the live action performers heads.

This technology has been proven to be incredibly effective if done correctly, added Laird. Look at the character of Davey Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, with his mass of writhing tentacles an incredible effect.


Producer, Scott Mednick, talks plot, characters, and how the Turtles will be made (http://splashpage.mtv.com/2009/05/13/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-producer-talks-plot-characters-and-potential-cameos-in-upcoming-reboot/)


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Producer Talks Plot, Characters And Potential Cameos In Reboot Published by Rick Marshall on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 12:04 pm.

Last month, the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kicked off in a big way with the announcement of a new, live-action movie featuring the famous Turtle heroes. (Oh, and there was that whole lighting the Empire State Building green thing, too.)

I spoke with Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird just after the announcement, and he offered up some thoughts on what fans can expect from the film. Recently, I had the chance for some follow-up with the films producer, Scott Mednick, who also served as executive producer on comics-friendly films 300 and Superman Returns. He shared some details about potential plot points and where else we might see the style of effects likely to be used for the film. There was also some talk of cameos and returning characters, too. Cowabunga!

MTV: With the new Mutant Turtles movie, a lot of talk thus far has been about potential storylines. Peter told me its being envisioned as a sort of reboot of the live-action movie franchise. Is that the case?

SCOTT MEDNICK: Well, it is the case, thats certainly how its being envisioned. I was part of the reboot of Superman, and a part of the reboot of Batman, and what happens after a certain amount of time and certainly 25 years is a lot of time is youve gone through multiple generations of fans. And we have a group of fans that love the property, and a group of fans who dont really understand all of the intricacies of how these characters came to be.

What we want to do is service the story in a way that we have technology and ability that we didnt have 25 years ago to say heres the story to the fans, and bring in a whole new generation of fans that can then start with us again.

MTV: Story-wise, are you planning to revisit any specific stories? Is it going to be following the first story arc of the Ninja Turtles comics?

MEDNICK: Certainly, the first group of comics that Laird and [Kevin] Eastman wrote are just the very best of source material. We have 25 years of rear-view mirror to look into, and to see where the franchise has gone. But were also looking at where the audiences are now. The audience today is very different than it was 25 years ago.

So its really trying to modulate the expectations of the fans today, the expectations of those kids and teenagers of today, the origins of the Turtles themselves and their world, and blend those together. Thats the fun, thats the challenge.

MTV: Its at an early stage thus far, but Peter mentioned that he was hoping to get in Baxter Stockman and the mousers, and said Shredder was a very necessary part if youre going to tell an origin story for the Turtles. Whats on the table?

MEDNICK: Well, I wont talk about whats on or off the table, but what I will tell you is, if you go back to the origin story, youve got one of the great villains. I mean, Shredder is just one of the great villains for us to play with, and we are certainly expecting to bring the entire origin story which could not be told without Shredder.

MTV: Its been said that filming will involve a live-action/CGI hybrid, with live actors and computer effects putting the Turtles faces over them. Can you elaborate on that process and how you envision it?

MEDNICK: Well, were in the early development stage, so no critical decisions have been made. However, that being said, I can tell you that yes, its a live-action film. Weve gone through an animated version of the Turtles for quite some time, but if you return to those original movies, they were live-action.

Im an executive producer on Where the Wild Things Are, which also used, if you will, creatures. And we have some technology today that they just didnt have when the previous live-action movies were made, and what were hoping to do is to bring all of the cinematic tricks that are in the 2009 bag into this effort.

MTV: You mentioned Where the Wild Things Are so are you using a similar style for both films? Did you take Where the Wild Things Are and say, Hey! Lets use this same process with the Turtles!

MEDNICK: The similarity will be that the Wild Things creatures are actually there. Theyre in the scene, theyre not CGId in, theyre actually large creatures. I remember early discussions of actually having the creatures be in the scene because you can tell if its there or if its CGId in and giving credibility to the fact that the Wild Things are in these scenes.

We have a similar issue in that we want the Turtles to be a part of that world. So we will use CGI effects where necessary, and we will use the best costume makers that we have now. You can look at anything from Wild Things and the Henson creature shop, to the guys who did Hellboy, and you can look at the expertise in technology we have now. It just wasnt there 25 years ago, so we will hopefully utilize that.

MTV: Going back to Turtles themselves, has there been any talk thus far in terms of casting? In a perfect world, is there someone youd like to have in one of the roles?

MEDNICK: Were finding that and this is fascinating for us there are many, many actors, writers and directors who, when theyve heard about this project, say I love the Turtles! Oh, man, Id love to write that! or Id love to direct that! because they just loved it. And Im looking for that passion. When you find an actor or a director who grew up with it or wants to be a part of it, were definitely talking to those people.

I can also tell you, if you go back and watch the 1990 movie, there was a kid who was a thug in the movie and he turned out to be Sam Rockwell. Looking back at the movie, were thinking, Who was in that movie that we may want to revisit in some way? We dont know where the casting is going to go, because the first step is get the story right and get the filmmakers in line, but then well start to reach out to some of the people who have already reached out to us.

MTV: Its funny you mention Sam Rockwell. We interviewed him recently and discussed some Iron Man 2 stuff. I had actually given him an Iron Man comic with his character in it to look at for part of the interview, and later I joked about the fact that he walked off with it. But what everyone kept telling me was, Hey, dont get on his bad side, hell get the Foot Clan after you.

MEDNICK: Thats classic!

MTV: So, the fact that he was in the Turtles movie was clearly not lost on people.

MEDNICK: Thats like Elias Koteas, who played Casey Jones. If you look in Superman Returns, we had cameos for Lois Lane from the original Superman television show, and for Jimmy Olsen from the television show. Again, those are the kinds of things as fanboys, and we know we are, we love that sort of thing because it pays homage to the different stuff that came before. So we would look forward to doing that sort of thing [with the upcoming film] and hopefully, if were so blessed and lucky enough to get the most tangential involvement, that would be fun.


Producer, Scott Mednick talks about how the Turtles will be "real" and an origins story (http://www.mania.com/ninja-turtles-to-real-says-producer_article_115980.html)


"We are intent on re-telling the origin, as it was in Batman, as it was in Superman, frankly as it was in Spider-Man. We have an entire new generation of fans who really don't know the full back story," Mednick told Mania.com in an exclusive interview. "As great as the [2007 animated film 'TMNT'] was, my son said, 'how come a rat is their father?' You know? Because he wasn't around for the 1990 version."

That's not to say the new live-action Turtles movie will be softened up for kids.

"You also have a much more sophisticated audience. Even the younger kids are more sophisticated by the information they receive. Things have become a little darker and a little edgier, just in general," Mednick told us. "Certainly as filmmakers the technology has come so far. It really gives us an opportunity to revisit the material and come at it, hopefully, in a new dramatic way from a filmmaking standpoint, and honor the old, and bring in the new."

Mednick says fans will get a taste of how cool the live-action Turtles will look when they see Where the Wild Things Are this year.

"Jim Henson did brilliant job in 1990 [for the first live-action movie]," Mednick said with admiration. "Now...there's face-replacement technology. The Wild Things were actually done by the Creature shop and Brian Henson, and we use face-replacement technology to get more emotive and expressive faces out of puppets.

"We want the Turtles to be real. We want them to be in the movie, not Gollumed," Mednick told us. "We're excited about the opportunity to use all of these new technologies to give the experience that you really believe the turtles are real. They're teenagers. They have great personalities. They're not guys in suits."


The Foot Clan has been said to be in the next film (http://www.firstshowing.net/2009/07/09/the-foot-clan-returns-for-the-new-live-action-tmnt/)


The Foot Clan is Returning for the New Live-Action TMNT!

July 9, 2009 Source: GoGreenMachine.org by Alex Billington The Foot Clan

Oh hell yes! Early this morning I was sent an email from a reader with a link to an article at a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles blog called GoGreenMachine.org. The post includes details about an open casting call in Hollywood for martial arts experts to audition for "the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, hitting theatres in 2011. We will select the best from the auditions to be a part of the stealth TMNT nemesis, the Foot Clan." Wait, what, the notorious Foot Clan is coming back for that upcoming live-action movie!? As a big TMNT geek, this is just plain awesome to hear! Too bad I'm not a martial arts expert.


The film also has a writer, John Fusco (http://www.firstshowing.net/2009/07/10/new-live-action-tmnt-movie-has-a-writer-john-fusco/)


New Live-Action TMNT Movie Has a Writer - John Fusco

July 10, 2009 Source: TMNT25.com by Alex Billington John Fusco

I hope everyone is a big TMNT fan, because we're going to be covering the hell out of this new live-action movie. The official TMNT25.com website has posted an article with details about their appearances at the San Diego Comic-Con. Their keynote presentation is a special TMNT panel on Friday, July 24th featuring a lot of big names - creator Kevin Eastman, Mirage Studios CEO Gary Richardson, director of the original TMNT movies Steve Barron, and producers Galen Walker and Scott Mednick. Listed last is John Fusco, whose title is "writer of the new TMNT movie (slated for 2011)." Looks like they finally have a writer!


Nickelodeon bought the intellectual property rights and all merchandising rights to the Turtles and Paramount will make a film for 2012 (http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/10/21/60m-deal-sends-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-to-nickelodeon-paramount-will-make-new-feature-film-for-2012/)


$60m Deal Sends Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Nickelodeon; Paramount Will Make New Feature Film for 2012 Posted on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 by Russ Fischer

When I was reading oversized black and white TMNT comics in the mid-80s, I never would have guessed that one day the rights to those characters would be trading for sixty million dollars. But thats what Nickelodeon just paid to pick up global TMNT rights from the Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment. The result of the deal? The rumored new film and a new CG-animated series will both arrive in 2012.

Variety (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118010193.html?categoryid=13&cs=1) reports the deal, which puts all intellectual property rights and all merchandising rights to the characters into the hands of Nickelodeon. The current animated series, produced by Mirage and 4Kids, will air through the end of October.

No indication is given as to what the new CGI series will look like, and there are few details about the upcoming feature other than the fact that Nickelodeon sister company Paramount and producer Scott Mednick will be behind it. (The previous live-action films and the most recent CGI film were distributed by New Line and Warner Brothers, respectively.) Wed previously heard that the next feature film, aimed for 2011, would be a Mirage Group production written by John Fusco and made with a hybrid live-action CGI style. Mednick was producing at that point as well, so its not unsafe to guess that the same approach and creative team will remain intact even after this deal.

The new film has been called a Batman Begins-style reboot which would re-tell the origin of the characters. Co-creator Peter Laird has suggested it might even include the two-legged robot mousers which appeared in early issues of the black and white comic series. But a casting call announcement earlier this year, which was obviously premature, sought martial artists to appear as the Foot Clan, which suggests that the film will re-tell the Shredder / April / Foot Clan story seen in altered form in the original 1990 live-action movie.

There is Shredder's mask, the Time Sceptre from the third Ninja Turtle film, the Honor Guard helmet from the third film, Walker's hat from the third film, A Mini-Mouser from the animated series, The Honor Guard suit, one of the Honor Guard swords, and Winter's helmet.

Imagi used Maya, with Pixars RenderMan for the production pipelines back-end.

http://mag.awn.com/index.php?ltype=Special%20Features&article_no=3219&page=2

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