Since last fall’s purchase of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rights by Paramount, the future of the film series has been in the air. Now we have some idea of where it is going, just not what it’ll look like when it finally hits the big screen in a couple of years or so. Paramount made a first look deal with the partners in Platinum Dunes, a company created to generate genre films as well as expand their scope.
The most interesting part of the deal is who makes up the partners in Platinum Dunes: Brad Fuller, Andrew Form and Michael Bay. Yes, the same Michael Bay who is busy working on Transformers 3. Apparently there is a meeting set in the next few weeks with writers for the project.
I can see how Michael Bay and Transformers was a good fit, but Michael Bay and TMNT? That’s a mystery that remains to be seen. He’s not the likely candidate to direct the film, but there isn’t a director list put together yet, at least in the public.
What would TMNT look like with Michael Bay at the helm? What concerns me is what would become of the character of April O’Neil.
Turtles Forever – The mere premise of it was mind-blowing. A feature length adventure featuring a team up of the TMNT team of the 80’s-early 90’s cartoon as well as the 90’s-early 00’s cartoon versions of the heroes. When I first heard about it, I couldn’t believe what I was reading was actually coming. Not only that, but I was surprised by just how soon it was going to be released! It was originally going to receive a theatrical screening, but plans for that fell through. Instead, it premiered on TV one Saturday morning.
There is no word of a DVD release yet, but the studio is working on it. It was created as a direct-to-DVD feature film, but since the rights to the TMNT have been sold to Nickelodeon, there are issues that need to be tied up.
A few months ago, I wrote about a rumor that they were going to be doing a hybrid Ninja Turtles film, with live action actors and CG Turtles. It appears that it wasn’t too far from the truth. In fact, depending on how you look at it, I was exactly right. But I didn’t expect them to do it like this, or to take it in the direction that they are. Take a look at this story. I’ll comment on it at the end. Read the rest of this entry »
Ubisoft has announced a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game for Wii, to be released later this year. The creative team developing it is called Game Arts, who had a hand in preliminary development on Super Smash Brothers Brawl. That is great news, as far as the Ninja Turtles are concerned. Smash Brothers is one of the greatest games ever released on any console, period, and to have this team on the Turtles property speaks volumes for the game.
I’m going to start writing a bit about some of my favorite properties when I was young, that I think would make excellent films. Especially if the properties are handled correctly.
Now, some of us know that Voltron and ThunderCats are both being developed for the big screen. If you didn’t: Voltron is going to be live-action, set on our earth, and each of the five space-explorers are now from different walks of life. ThunderCats is going to be half CG and half live-action, apparently.
There was also a new TMNT film in the last few years, with more to come. G.I. Joe is coming to the big screen next summer in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. He-Man is constantly having production problems that are holding things up.
The primary properties that I am going to talk about here are two of my favorites that very few of you probably know about: M.A.S.K. and Dino-Riders.
M.A.S.K. stands for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand. The cartoon was basically a mixture of G.I. Joe and Transformers. It involved human characters with special armor that could each do various special things. They also each had various vehicles that doubled as other vehicle forms. One, for example, was a motorcycle that could turn into a mini-helicopter mid-motion. There could be some incredible chase sequences with transforming vehicles like the ones in this cartoon.
Dino-Riders was a cartoon that appealed to me for a number of reasons. First, I loved Dinosaurs, so this had a natural draw in that regard. Second, it had heroes and villains putting armor on the dinosaurs, along with laser beams. What more could you really ask for? The main story of Dino-Riders involved a war between the Valorians, who were under attack by the Rulon Empire. About 400 of them were on board a ship that was under heavy fire from the Rulon leaders, who were close behind. The Valorians activated the “S.T.E.P. Crystal” and travelled back in time to when Dinosaurs walked the earth.
I would love to develop both of these properties for the big screen. Both would be pretty expensive films, but both of them capture the imagination of the youth and would draw crowds. I would be the first in line for both.