Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live action
Although the original message looks like it's been pulled, there was one on the Heavy Metal forum from the co-creator himself, Kevin Eastman, that confirmed there was going to be a live action version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.
Not only would it be live action but Eastman is saying that it could be an origin and reinvention, two buzzwords that are easily summed up by the Batman Begins/The Dark Knight movement in Hollywood right now.
That means take a franchise that's been running for a while, and running away from what it once was, and recreate it from the original ideas and story, probably with a much darker tone and feel to it.
RowThree managed to catch the comment from the Heavy Metal forums before it either was removed, or maybe Rowthree just had the wrong address, here's what he said:
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
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Another film? Well I guess they could do more with the effects now and perhaps they could make something exciting and interesting. I do believe that they should make it darker only if the original story really did call for it, but making changes and reinventing the franchise really shouldn't be done just because it worked for the Batman films, there should be a real drive and desire for it.
Not being a big TMNT fan myself wouldn't know. To me TMNT means the last live action film version, and even though they had rubber suits it was still a lot of fun, but another one?