Cowabunga! Michael Bay to revive 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

Teenage-Mutant-TurtlesImage Credit: Everett CollectionIn case you needed further proof that no franchise — no matter how ridiculous or festooned with pizza — is safe from Hollywood resurrection, Michael Bay’s production company, Platinum Dunes, has signed on to reboot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The news, first reported by Deadline and confirmed by EW, comes on the heels of Bay’s headline-making casting call for a replacement for Megan Fox in the Hasbro-inspired¬†Transformers 3. (Clearly the guy has a thing for ’80s and ’90s cultural flotsom…what’s next, Cabbage Patch Kids: The Movie?)

Paramount and Nickelodeon reportedly shelled out $60 million for the TMNT franchise and brought it to Bay’s company in the hopes that his knack for kickstarting seemingly dead movie properties (see: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror) would once again unlock the secrets of The Ooze and reignite the star-power of ninja-trained crime-fighters Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello (voiced in the 1990 movie by Corey Feldman). And while, in theory, we’re all for any potential employment opportunity for Mr. Feldman, we’re not so sure about this one.

What do you think? Should the Turtles get another shot at box-office glory? Or should they be left alone to rest in peace? Wait, before you answer, you might want to check out the trailer from the 1990, um, “classic”…

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  • Franck

    Please tell me this is a late April Fools joke.

    • Niix Starkyller

      Heh-heh, April, heh-heh. I get it.

  • DAVE-O

    TMNT yes, Bay no.

    • Skip182


      • cool

        double agree

  • Murderpuss

    This franchise was revived in 2007, with the film TMNT. So I’d hardly call this a “reboot.”

    • The Unknown

      Seriously. The 2000 TMNT Animated series on FOX was a “reboot” of the old the 1980s/1990s series as well. So is Bay talking about a “reboot” of the “reboot” of the original? It could have been worse. Haim Saban could have been doing this “reboot” instead of Michael Bay. *(Shudders at the live action Ninja Turtles/Power Rangers crossover in the 90s)

    • Mike

      that wasnt a reboot. if it was, why was shredders helmet on display in their lair? or why was the time scepter from TMNT3 in their lair as well? do some damn research before you start talkin s***

      • joe dirt

        he was talking about the series dumbass… read before you talk sh*t

      • joe dirt

        the cartoon series… not the movie*

  • chalky

    Shouldn’t that first sentence read “In case you needed further proof that no franchise is safe from Michael Bay…”?

  • Matt

    I think a dark, kick-ass version of TMNT could be great…as long as they keep Michael Bay out of the directing chair!

    As for Cabbage Patch Kids: The Movie – Jonah Hill as the head Cabbage Patch!

    • Taylor

      Dude, you said exactly what I was thinking…. I think if they did a dark version like they did with batman begins then it well be an epic success… If it’s anything like the animated TMNT they did it will be awful…. Still excited about it though!

  • obar

    Finally a project worthy of Michael Bay’s prodigious “talent”.

  • Cris

    Thank you in advance, Michael Bay, for utterly ruining another childhood memory like you did with Transformers.

  • tvgirl48

    Wow I am SO glad I wasn’t drinking something when I read that headline or it would have been all over my computer. So, so many things wrong with this.

  • Stacie

    Kill it!

  • Rebekah

    Is it bad that I know that movie so well that I can tell the voices were dubbed in that trailer?

    • Kegan

      NO! I totally was thinking the EXACT same think while I watched that! I was like, “Master Tetsu never said ‘attack’ so well!”

      • joe dirt

        no… the “attack” was fine. everything else but the taxi scene was redubbed.

  • BossGalaga

    Too bad. Megan Fox as April O’Neil would have been awesome.

  • NOLA_skies

    STOP REMAKING CRAP HOLLYWOOD! Please come up with something ORIGINAL!!! GOODNESS! Is it that FREAKING HARD!

    • Niix Starkyller

      Yes. it is. It requires creativity, and/or paying creative people. Let’s look at Hollywood’s track record when it comes to those things…

    • Curtis

      @NOLA Skies

      F**k you! There is nothing “crap” like about the wonderful triligy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

      • deshawn

        you do know the 3rd film wa panned and the second film was considered a big step down from the first overall th film’s never made anything over the first they’ve all been failures.

    • deshawn

      Do you know how many orginal film’s come out every year/ alot! if your so retarded you can’t take someone else knowing or loving what you loved as a kid whatever but holloywoods still orginal but right now it’s like about revisting old franchises and making them better and appealing to a new crowd you guys complained about sequels so what else can they do?.

  • Chrispy

    PLEASE for the love of god! Somebody stop Micheal Bay from ruining all of my favorite things from childhood! :(

  • Lilia

    Your kidding? Hollywood needs to bring fresh, new writers to hollywood because this of bring old shows to tv or the big screen is just getting very stupid.

    • julio ortiz

      youre right buts thats money in the bank$$$$$$ Make money more money!!!

  • JoMama

    Ugh! Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes are the WORST!

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