Work Stops on Michael Bay’s ‘Ninja Turtles,’ Comic Book Icons Sent Back to the Drawing Board

Remember that reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise that Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes was making? The one that was just called Ninja Turtles and that spawned a bunch of fan debate when it was said it would re-write the turtles’ origins to make them aliens? Well, if you came down in the camp of those who were dreading a possible bastardization of your beloved childhood icons, the latest developments surrounding the film’s production might have you breathing a sigh of relief.

Despite the fact that the film has already done quite a bit of pre-production for its planned shoot in Vancouver, THR is reporting that work has stopped on set and the film’s release date has been moved from December 2013 to May 2014. How long has work on the project been delayed? Some sources are saying ten weeks, but some are saying that they’ve heard the production’s hiatus will be “indefinite.”

In a bit of news that should come as no surprise to those who balked at the idea of Platinum Dunes fiddling around with what was already a beloved origin story, the reason work on the movie has stopped is said to be issues with the script. And seeing as this is all happening under the umbrella of Paramount, that means the same studio is now responsible for delaying the release of three big tent pole releases because of creative concerns in just a short amount of time (the other two being G.I. Joe: Retaliation and World War Z).

While it’s hard to imagine exactly what the screenwriting snags the writers hit up there in the Great White North were, having three big projects get pushed back due to re-shoots and re-writes all in a row seems like the perfect opportunity for the people at Paramount to learn an important lesson. Maybe they should only put a project in motion when they come across a great story that needs to be told, and not just base their upcoming calendar around what recognizable properties are available to be developed. Or maybe not…you know, just a suggestion.

What do you say, party dudes? Are you hoping that creative can take this opportunity to get their shit together and make Ninja Turtles cool but rude, or is this a great opportunity to just throw the whole idea in the shredder and pretend it never happened?

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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