Legendary Pictures is rebooting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise in 2011. That, we know. We also know — according to a recent interview with Turtles creator Peter Laird — that this new, live-action film will be closer to the tone and aesthetic quality of the original comics. It’s hard to say what that means, exactly, seeing as the TMNT comics went through a wide range of styles. One thing we do know is that it will be a bit more gritty and more of a reality-based environment. How that will translate to live-action filmmaking is yet to be determined.

We may have a bit of insight into how that might happen, as today Latino Review has posted a picture of what looks to be a mold for a Raphael mask. There’s no telling what this mold is for, or if it has anything to do with the new project — which is due out in 2012 — but it could be test work. The project doesn’t even have an announced director yet, so it’s unlikely that they are making concept decisions just yet. In all likelihood, this image is for something completely unrelated. However, it would be interesting if it were tied to some early work on the film. It makes for an interesting discussion starter, to say the least. It does have a more naturalistic look to it.

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