Even as they are celebrating their 25th anniversary in a gala New York drive-in pizza party, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming back to the screen in a live-action film planned for 2011, it’s has just been announced.
The new movie will be a Batman Begins-style reboot, showing the origins of the team of crime-fighting mutant turtles. Legendary Pictures will be producing the film, and co-creator Peter Laird is on board as executive producer. Laird says that the new movie “will remain true to the spirit of the original comic books. ” Laird mentions that the new movie might also use a new face replacement technology, which would allow the turtles to be much more expressive. Unless I’m reading the statement wrong, I think this also may confirm that the turtles won’t be completely computer generated.
Created by two “aspiring comics creators” in 1984, TMNT remains probably the must successful self-published, creator-owned comics property of all time from a licensing standpoint, with periodic reboots keeping the franchise alive for new kidlet audiences, it would seem.
BTW, if you are in the New York area tonight, there will be a free screening of the first Turtles film.