Last year, during the 25th Anniversary of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," word broke that producer Scott Mednick ("300," "Superman Returns") was restarting the "TMNT" film franchise with a new movie that would be a live-action and CGI hybrid.
While "TMNT" co-creator Peter Laird sold the rights to Nickelodeon last October as part of a $60 million dollar deal, the new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film now appears to be back on the fast track.
Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form from Platinum Dunes have reached an agreement with Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon to produce the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot, according to Deadline. Mednick will also remain on the project with Galen Walker, one of the producers of the 2007 "TMNT" CGI film.
"Young Guns" and "The Forbidden Kingdom" screenwriter John Fusco was hired last year to adapt the new "TMNT" film.
In an earlier interview with MTV News, Mednick compared the new "TMNT" to "Where The Wild Things Are" and "Hellboy" in terms of integrating the live action and CGI elements of the film.
"The similarity will be that the 'Wild Things' creatures are actually there," offered Mednick. "They’re in the scene, they’re not CGI’d in, they’re actually large creatures. I remember early discussions of actually having the creatures be in the scene — because you can tell if it’s there or if it’s CGI’d in —and giving credibility to the fact that the Wild Things are in these scenes."
"We have a similar issue in that we want the Turtles to be a part of that world," continued Mednick. "So we will use CGI effects where necessary, and we will use the best costume makers that we have now. You can look at anything from 'Wild Things' and the Henson creature shop, to the guys who did 'Hellboy,' and you can look at the expertise in technology we have now. It just wasn't there 25 years ago, so we will hopefully utilize that."
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