MICHAEL BAY has revealed that his produced reboot of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (now retitled Ninja Turtles,) will be different from the one fans remember from the early 1990’s. In fact, along with possibly loosing the “Teenager” aspect altogether, the Turtles will be no longer be of toxic chemical origin, but rather of alien origin. Thus loosing the “Mutant” aspect as well. Following an immediate outcry among fans concerning such a massive shift in Turtle dogma, Bay responded: “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.” Peter Laird, co-creator of the Turtles (along with Heavy Metal publisher Kevin Eastman) later commented: “It’s possible that with enough truly creative brainpower applied to this idea, it might actually work. I’m not saying it’s probable, or even somewhat likely… but it is possible.” It should be noted that it has not yet been explained by anyone associated with the production, as to how the re-imagined “alien” Turtles would have such an intrinsic working knowledge of pop culture so well, or why they would love pizza so much — especially if they are of alien origin. Both character traits are mainstays of the original comics and films. The film’s director Jonathan (Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans) Liebesman, later offered the following: “I heard about it, and I’m glad there’s such a passionate fanbase — I think that was good news for everyone — but literally, I’ve just been locked in a room with Kevin Eastman. I think what we’re developing, the fans will love. I’m a fan, and I love what we’re doing. It’s a lot of stuff Kevin’s been thinking about for a long time and just hasn’t done. Anything we expand will tie right into the mythology, so I think fans will go apeshit when they see it.” … ANTHONY HEAD, otherwise known as “Giles” on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has replaced Pierce Brosnan as “Chiron” in the forthcoming sequel, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters … LEGENDARY PICTURES will potentially partner with another entity to produce, Slayer. A modern-day story about a young doctor who has to take over the family legacy of slaying dragons — shades of the NBC hit, Grimm. The spec script was written by Martin Helgeland, son of writer Brian (Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood) Helgeland … IN HOME VIDEO NEWS, the films Outland, Brainstorm, and Altered States will arrive on blu-ray this July: All are said to have been remastered in High definition. Brainstorm has previously received such treatment (on DVD,) but this will be the first time either Altered States, or the Peter Hyams/Sean Connery collaboration Outland will be available in a remastered condition, in any format. … RON HOWARD & BRYAN GRAZER’S IMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT will produce yet another version of George Orwell’s story, 1984 … BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME, a pilot which focuses on the young Adama, was summarily canceled before even airing by the SyFy Channel. An adviser on the show named Kevin Grazier, ran a sizzle real of “unauthorized” footage from the show at Wondercon, and NBC (who own SyFy) were forced to swoop in and quickly removed the many instances of it popping up on the internet. It seems the music playing over the footage, had not been legally cleared by the music rights department. This incident may have contributed to the show being cancelled. Various sources are reporting that Universal Cable Services, which produces the show, may shop it to another network. And there is also the possibility that whatever has been shot may pop up on the internet as some sort of a web series. It’s fate is currently unclear … THE PRODUCTION OF ENDER’S GAME now has a blog, if you wish to follow it: http://endersgameblog.tumblr.com/ … UNIVERSAL PICTURES has purchased a “pitch” for a film centered on “The Bermuda Triangle,” and have hired Smallville alums Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, to write the screenplay. Further details of this project are as of yet unknown … DR. WHO FANS heads-up !
Introducing the Doctor’s new companion, actress Jenna-Louise Coleman. The character, as yet unnamed, will make her official debut during the Christmas episode, this December … DIRECTOR JOSH (THE CHRONICLE) TRANK has chosen his next project. The long in development movie version of Christian Gossett’s comic book, “The Red Star.” The Red Star takes place in an alternate version of Russia where technology and magic co-exist. Trank was last linked with the movie based on the Spider-Man villain, Venom. It isn’t known if the director is still connected to that project … CREATURE CREATOR RICK BAKER & SOME PEEPS FROM MEN IN BLACK III, have popped up on-line in a nice publicity shot. Click for larger:
ADAM HOROWITZ & EDWARD KATSIS, the writers of Tron: Legacy, have teased that the third Tron film will indeed see the return of Jeff Bridges’ character, Flynn, by stating that the definition of life and death will be explored in the coming sequel … JURASSIC PARK will return to theaters in 3D the summer of 2013 … ARTHUR & LANCELOT, that pic reinventing the classic Arthurian legend, which went into turnaround a short time ago, may yet live again. Actor Colin (Total Recall) Farrell has been signed to play one of the lead characters … THE TELEVISION SHOW FRINGE may not get a 5th season. However, according to Executive Producer Jeff Pinkner, in that eventuality, the show will be wrapped up in a comic book series. Pinkner refers to this as their “back-up plan.” … RIDLEY SCOTT visited WonderCon on March the 17th, and he brought with him what is easily the best trailer for any film so far this year. And definitely the most compelling. The extended 2 minute plus trailer for what started as a reboot of the ALIEN franchise, and became something much, much greater: Prometheus. Feel free to watch it 12 times in a row; everyone else has:
And here’s the UK Version, which features some of the same footage, yet expands on why and how the journey is being made by these people: