Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Originally titled “Ninja Turtles”
Release Date: 2014
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Writer(s): Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec
Studio: Paramount / Platinum Dunes
Fun fact: Originally, John Fusco was set to write the film but then was replaced with Art Marcum and Matt Halloway, but then replaced again with now writer Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.
Fun fact: Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes has almost exclusively dealt with horror movies.
Fun fact: Michael Bay announced that in the new film TMNT will be an alien race which caused an uproar from fans.
“Kids are going to believe one day that these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable.”
Fun fact: Michael Bay responds to fan uproar by posting on his message board; “Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world. – Michael” (source)
Fun fact: Michael Bay responds again to the shortened title name. “Paramount marketing changed the name. They made the title simple. The characters you all remember are exactly the same, and yes they still act like teenagers. Everything you remember, why you liked the characters, is in the movie. This script is being developed by two very smart writers, with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles. They care VERY MUCH about making this film for the fans. Everyone on this team cares about the fans. Just give them a chance. Jonathan the director, is a major fan of the whole franchise. HE’S NOT GOING TO LET YOU DOWN. -MICHAEL” (source)