The New York City crime fighting Ninja Turtles are back in a whole new movie produced by action blockbuster director, Michael Bay. The new film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman, helmer of the 2012 film Wrath of the Titans. The film stars Megan Fox as the tough and inquisitive TV news reporter, April O’Neal, alongside William Fichtner playing the villainous Shredder.
As for the Ninja Turtles themselves, Alan Ritchson will be playing Raphael, Noel Fisher will play Michelangelo, and Donatello will be played by Jeremy Howard and team leader Leonardo will be played by Pete Ploszek. They are joined by Danny Woodburn, most notably known for his appearance the TV show Seinfeld, as the wise mutated rat and karate instructor, Master Splinter. The movie also features the hilarious Arrested Development star Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick, a wise cracking camera man for Megan Fox’s April O’Neal.
The new Ninja Turtles film will be a complete revamp of the franchise that started first as a comic book series by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird back in the 80’s. The comic book spanned of into the wildly popular 80’s cartoon version of the Ninja Turtles. It was in 1990 that the first live action incarnation of the Ninja Turtles took place, which is still one of the highest grossing independent movies of all time, and a fan favorite among the true die hard shell lovers. From the high success of the first film, in 1991 the sequel, The Secret of the Ooze came out to theaters, followed by the 1993 film where they time travel back to the Samurai times in Japan. Neither of both sequels were able to produce the same critical and financial success of the first film.
The last Ninja Turtles film to hit the theaters was the 2007 film TMNT, which instead of live action, was an animated film. Something that disappointed most fans, but the film garnered fair reviews and a good box office revenue. It seems Michael Bay heard the disappointment over the animated film, which could be why the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be a mix of live action, with CGI to portray the Ninja Turtles. Reminiscent of the way Peter Jackson filmed the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, more notably with the character of Gollum, played by Andy Serkis.
The new Ninja Turtles film with be made under Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon currently produces a digitally animated version of the Ninja Turtles. The animated series is favored both among the new young viewers and also the older fans as it keeps the humor of the 80’s version but with ramped up action. Something we hope to expect with the new film, having the director of the action packed Transformers franchise Michael Bay as the producer keeps those hopes very high. We will all soon find out how the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film turtles battle crime fighting ninjas and gobble down pizza’s on August 8th 2014 when it hits theater’s, till then, Cowabanga dudes.
By: Miguel A. Tamayo