While Michael Bay’s TMNT project is on hold right now, every little bit of news that ended up on the internet just seemed like bad news. And then, this past weekend, a copy of one of the lastest Ninja Turtles scripts hit the web and it’s bad. Oh so bad.
Just as Michael Bay’s TMNT movie was about to go into production, Paramount halted the project temporarily. Temporarily is the key word. Apparently, studio execs weren’t at all happy with the script, so it’s being sent back for rewrites and the release date has been pushed back to spring 2014. We almost dodged a bullet, but not quite.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II wasn’t as good as the first TMNT movie, but it did feature a memorable song on its soundtrack called “Ninja Rap”. The song wasn’t written for the TMNT movie, but it and Vanilla Ice sort of became quantum entangled with Ninja Turtles movies for the rest of time. So it’s kind of neat that Vanilla Ice might appear on Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles soundtrack. Neat, or lame. There’s a fine line.
If you’re worried about how Michael Bay’s production company will handle the new TMNT movie, this leaked concept art probably won’t do anything to assuage your fears. While it’s not bad for some things, it reminds me of the early 90s, when Playmate went crazy with TMNT action figures, creating stupidly costumed turtles, from astronauts to pizza delivery guys to film noir detectives to surfers.