Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles To Possibly Start Filming This Spring

Source: Production Weekly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Theatrical Poster - Courtesy of New Line Cinema

Production Weekly is reporting that the Michael Bay-produced Ninja Turtles will go in front of the cameras this April in New York. Neither Bay, nor Paramount Pictures, have issued a statement concerning the beginning of actual filming at this time.  Currently, Paramount Pictures plans to release the film on May 16, 2014.

Ninja Turtles will be directed by Wrath of the Titans‘ Jonathan Liebesman.  The film will be produced by Platinum Dunes’ Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.

Last year, Bay surprised many Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans with the announcement that the Turtles would be aliens from another world and not radioactive mutants as they were in the comic books and previous films.  Naturally, fans weren’t too happy to hear that the Turtles were now going to be “an alien race” and there was a lot of negative feedback.  Bay responded to fans via his website and stated that they needed to “chill” and that the alteration was to give the Turtles “a more complex back story.”  That report was followed by a report indicating that the movie might be losing the teenager aspect as well.

The franchise began as a black and white comic book series in 1984.  However, the characters really became enormously popular when the comic book was turned into an animated series in 1987.  That series ran for ten seasons.  The success of the animated series helped launch the first live-action film in 1990.  That film helped launch two live-action sequels, a second animated series and a CGI feature film.

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