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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman
Produced by Michael Bay
Bradley Fuller
Andrew Form
Scott Mednick
Galen Walker
Written by Josh Appelbaum
André Nemec
Art Marcum
Matt Holloway
John Fusco
Evan Daugherty
Starring

Megan Fox
Pete Ploszek
Noel Fisher
Jeremy Howard
Alan Ritchson
Danny Woodburn
Whoopi Goldberg
William Fichtner
Will Arnett
Abby Elliott

Music by Brian Tyler
Cinematography Lula Carvalho
Editing by Joel Negron
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release August 8, 2014
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $125 million
Gross revenue $238,810,000
Preceded by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
Followed by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (formerly known as Ninja Turtles) is a 2014 American action film based on the franchise of the same name. A reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series, the film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman and stars Megan Fox, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Alan Ritchson, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Will Arnett and Whoopi Goldberg. The film was announced shortly before Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird sold the rights to the franchise to Nickelodeon in 2009. The film is to be produced by Nickelodeon Movies and Michael Bay's production company Platinum Dunes, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film is scheduled to be released on August 8, 2014.

Production

Development

Following the news of Nickelodeon purchasing all of Mirage's rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property, it was announced that Nickelodeon would produce a new film through Paramount Pictures with an expected release date sometime in 2012. In late May 2011, it was announced that Paramount and Nickelodeon had brought Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Bradley Fuller and Andrew Form on to produce the next film that will reboot the film series. Bay, Fuller, and Form would produce alongside Walker and Mednick. For the script, the studio originally hired Matt Holloway and Art Marcum to write the film for close to a million dollars. According to TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, the John Fusco version was a little too edgy for what Paramount wanted. A year later the Studio turns to writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec to rewrite the script. In February 2012, Jonathan Liebesman was brought in to negotiations to direct the film beating out Brett Ratner. Later in March, it was announced that Paramount had pushed back film's release date to Christmas Day 2013.

In early March, Michael Bay revealed at Nickelodeon's 2012 upfront presentation that the film will be simply titled Ninja Turtles and that the turtles will be "from an alien race". News of Bay's creative change was met with criticism from within the fan community. In response to the announcement, actor Robbie Rist who voiced Michaelangelo the first three films, wrote to Bay accusing him of "sodomizing" the franchise. Rist later remarked that he could have been out of line since Bay makes more money than he does. In response to the feedback, Bay issued a statement asking fans to calm down since a script had not been revealed, his team was working closely with the creators, and would include all the elements that made them fans to begin with. Both Brian Tochi, who voiced Leonardo in the first three films, and Judith Hoag, who played April O'Neil in first film, have voiced their support towards the creative change. TMNT co-creator Peter Laird expressed his thoughts on the change asking fans to take Bay's advice and wait until more of Bay's plan is made available. Laird also stated that he felt the "ill-conceived plan" could be a "genius notion," as it would allow fans to have the multitude of bipedal anthropomorphic turtles that they have been asking for. He would point out that while the concept of a turtle-planet backstory made for a great run-of-the-mill science fiction story, it had no real place in the Ninja Turtles universe. The franchise's co-creator Kevin Eastman stated that he had been invited behind the scenes of the film, and concluded that he was officially on board with the project and that, although he could not say much, he believes it to be "awesome". Via Twitter, Corey Feldman, who voiced Donatello in the first and third films, voiced his support for the film saying that he loves Bay's remakes and he is eager to reprise his role. In response to the backlash, Liebesman stated that he was glad to hear about the fan's response, since he and Eastman had been locked in a room working on ideas that, from his own perspective as a fan, everybody will love. While he would not confirm whether or not Bay's comment did represent the film's premise, he did stress on the ooze itself and its background in the original comic, reminding that the ooze was the product of alien technology. In regards to how the Turtles would be rendered, Liebesman would not say exactly what visual direction would be taken, but he did state that he did enjoy Weta Digital's work in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He also pointed out that the film would not be exclusively about action but will also focus on brotherhood, friendship, and responsibility.

In late March, Michael Bay posted on his website explaining the title change and stressing that nothing had changed regarding the Turtles. He stated the reason the title was shortened was a request by Paramount to make the title "simple". He continued that the Turtles were the same as fans remember and regardless of the title change they still act like teenagers. He urged everyone to give everybody who was involved a chance, as they had the fans interest at top priority and would not let anybody down. On June 12, 2012, Eastman revealed some of the things for the film stating that April would not be 16 years old like in the 2012 cartoon series, he feels Ken Watanabe would make a great Shredder, he would like to bring Reyes back as a Foot lieutenant, and martial arts wise they are looking at Fist of Legend and The Raid: Redemption. Three days later, it was reported that production for this project has been shut down. While the release date has been pushed back five months, the work stoppage for the film was said to be "indefinite". However, other sources said that the film would be released on May 16, 2014 due to problems in that script that need to be corrected. In July 2012, Eastman called it "easily the best Turtle movie yet". Kevin Eastman stated that the movie is creating its own story but has to be true to the source material or else they will get "fucking murdered".

An early version of the script, dated 1/30/12, titled "The Blue Door" and written by Appelbaum and Nemec, was leaked online. It features major changes to the origins: the Turtles hail from another dimension that consists of turtle warriors, Splinter is an alien from the same dimension as well, Shredder is "Colonel Schrader", a government agent who is secretly an alien who can grow blades from his body, "The Foot Clan" is just "The Foot", an elite Black Ops unit led by Col. Schrader, Casey Jones is an 18 year old security guard/amateur hockey player that finds the Turtles and is the focus of the movie, April is also 18 and is having relationship troubles with Casey because she is moving to New York due to an internship at CBS, Raphael is the comic relief instead of Michelangelo, and Michelangelo falls in love with a turtle woman from his home planet. A cease and desist order was sent by Paramount Pictures to a website that was hosting the script. Peter Laird read the script and commented on his blog that "all true TMNT fans should be grateful to the new 'powers that be' that they did not allow this wretched thing to go any further." In response to The Blue Door, Bay stated that the draft had been written before he and Platinum Dunes joined the project and was promptly rejected some time before. On January 12, 2013, Production Weekly revealed the film will start filming in April 2013 in New York. That same month, the studio pushed back the film's release date until June 6, 2014, and a new writer Evan Daugherty was brought on board. On August 15, 2013, Paramount postponed the release date to August 8, 2014 in order to avoid competition with other family-friendly films released in June 2014 as well as one of Paramount and Michael Bay's other release, Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Cast

  • Megan Fox as April O'Neil
    • Malina Weissman as young April O'Neil
  • Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick
  • William Fichtner as Eric Sacks
  • Alan Ritchson as Raphael
  • Noel Fisher as Michelangelo
  • Jeremy Howard as Donatello
  • Pete Ploszek as Leonardo (motion-capture performer)
    • Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo (voice)
  • Danny Woodburn as Splinter (motion-capture performer)
    • Tony Shalhoub as Splinter (voice)
  • Tohoru Masamune as Shredder
  • Whoopi Goldberg as Bernadette Thompson
  • Minae Noji as Karai
  • Abby Elliott as Taylor
  • Taran Killam as Jim McNaughton
  • K. Todd Freeman as Dr. Baxter Stockman
  • Paul Fitzgerald as Dr. O'Neil

External links

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Films
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IITeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IIITMNTTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Characters

LeonardoDonatelloMichelangeloRaphaelSplinterApril O'NeilShredderHamato YoshiCasey JonesFoot ClanKaraiBaxter StockmanBebop and RocksteadyTokka and Rahzar

Whoopi Goldberg films

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