‘Ninja Turtles’ Reboot Will Coincide With The Comic Book’s 30th Anniversary

The “Ninja Turtles” reboot is delayed, not dead. Michael Bay is still producing, Jonathan Liebesman is still directing, and “TMNT” co-creator Kevin Eastman is still very much in the loop.

Eastman recently spoke with Comic Book Resources about his upcoming comic “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2012″ for IDW Publishing (pictured above), and he explained some of the reasons behind the “Turtles” delay, with two big reasons standing out: Liebesman wanting to make sure that the visual effects are up to snuff, and timing the film’s release with the 30th anniversary of the “Ninja Turtles” brand.

“Jonathan Liebesman wanted to make sure he could do the effects to the level he wants them at, and the fight scenes to the way they should be,” explained Eastman. “Also, their release date is almost exactly on the 30th anniversary. May 5, 1984 is when the first Turtles comic came out. May 16, 2014, is almost exactly 30 years after. So basically it’s an anniversary movie now.”

Describing himself as “actively involved” with the project, Eastman made it clear that despite all the talk about changes to the “TMNT” origin story, the reboot will need to stay true to the source material in many key ways.

“What they’re doing with the movie is creating its own story, but it has to be true to the source material or we’ll get f—ing murdered. To be blunt,” he said.

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