Of the two creators of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, one (Kevin Eastman) has come out and said it will be a live-action film like the first three films, prompting the other (Peter Laird) to say “not so fast.” Laird sat down with MTV recently to discuss the next film, which is still very much in the early phase of development.
In regards to the prospect of live-action Turtles:
“As it stands now, there is no intention of doing another live-action film like the first three, with actors and stuntmen in actual Turtle suits, contrary to what was said by Kevin. We have pretty much decided that the next “TMNT” movie should be what we’ve been calling a “hybrid” — that is to say, live-action humans and sets combined with very realistic CGI Turtles (and possibly some other CGI characters).”
About the appearance of Shredder:
“Given that we have yet to settle on a story for this new hybrid movie, I don’t really know which characters will appear in it. It would be fun to do something with the Shredder, but I am also excited about the possibility of creating some new characters for the movie.”
Laird also said that with the “hybrid” of CG and real-life characters he would be interested to see if Sarah Michelle Gellar and Chris Evans would be interested in coming back as April and Casey Jones, respectively. Laird also did mention that he has “tremendous respect” for Steve Barron, the original live-action director, and may ask him to come back on in favor of Peter Munroe who wrote and directed 2007’s TMNT.
It would be interesting to see another film. I’ll admit that I was less than satisfied with TMNT. The entire movie seemed like video game cut scenes and was neither funny nor very exciting. Tonally, it was all over the place, and it didn’t take advantage (like the 3rd film) of the large rogue’s gallery of villains to choose from. Laird has said he wants this film to fit in with the continuity of the films, but that would effectively make the next film TMNT 5. As much as I’d like to see the movie happen, the hybrid thing could either be cool or it could come off like The Phantom Menace.
We’ll see if Laird and Eastman can get together and actually decide what type of film they want to make. Until then, all we can do is pray that they don’t think “Hey, let’s go back to Ancient Japan again.”
Would you want a CGI, live-action, or “hybrid” mix for the next Turtles installment?