“Battle: Los Angeles” Guy May Direct Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Entertainment Editor
02.15.12

Variety reports Jonathan Liebesman (director of Battle: Los Angeles and Wrath of the Titans) is negotiating to direct a live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie for Paramount, Nickelodeon, and Platinum Dunes. The film was announced in 2010 with a script from Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, but Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol writers Josh Appelbaum and Andrew Nemec have since been hired to rewrite.

Variety […] doesn’t give much info about what the story is, or what the approach will be, other than that the film will be “a new re-imaging of the famous comic and cartoon series.” I’ve heard a few things, however. Expect the Foot to be in the film, along with Casey Jones and April O’Neil as a sort of protagonist duo. And we should see a Rise of the Planet of the Apes sort of approach to creating the Turtles — they’re most likely to be CGI characters inserted into live-action footage. Whether they’ll be played by actors in a performance capture setting is yet to be confirmed. [/film]

Performance capture ninja turtles? Quick, somebody clone Andy Serkis three times!

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