‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Movie Taps ‘Young Guns’ & ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’ Writer

The upcoming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie finally has a writer — and it looks like the Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman characters will have no shortage of fight scenes in their next big-screen bow.

According to Variety, “Young Guns” and “The Forbidden Kingdom” scribe John Fusco will pen the screenplay for the new, live-action film based we first brought you news about last year. The article claims that, along with penning several fight-friendly films, Fusco has been “practicing martial arts since he was 12, and continues to study Shaolin kung-fu.”

And along with bringing his martial arts savvy to the mix, it appears that Fusco will also be returning to the characters’ comic book roots for the film, too.

Variety reports that the new writer will include elements of the comics in the project, which is planned as a complete origin-focused reboot to the property. This confirms much of our previous information from “Turtles” co-creator Laird, who told MTV News that the film was envisioned as “a ’Batman Begins’-style ’reboot,’ which would, of necessity, include a retelling of the Turtles’ origin story.”

“It is always exciting when you can come aboard a project that bridges the worlds of what you do with what you love,” said Fusco of the deal.

The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie is currently scheduled for a 2011 release.

What do you think of the new writer’s pedigree and how he’s likely to handle the Turtles? Let us know in the comment section!