Guys, I’m probably going to be hated on for this, but…I dug Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film that is. What had the potential to be an unbelievably stupid exercise in Baysplosions and remixed spitting on the source material, actually turned out to be a rather fun film. Sure, it had some completely ludicrous moments, but I was happy with the end result. And dat Shredder who ran around like a robo-samurai on all kinds of Elysium exo-steroids. You can thank Jonathan Liebesman for a pretty rad film. But he won’t be back for the sequel. Instead, it’ll be David “Earth To Echo” Green who’ll be directing the halfshell heroes.
For those of you who hated the film, you might be wondering why Paramount is making a sequel. And I can give you $478 million worldwide worth of reasons. TMNT did damn good numbers at the box office internationally, so a sequel starring mutated turtles who look like the bastard ninja children of our dear president was inevitable.
Michael Bay will produce once again, with a script from Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec being used for Green’s direction. Megan Fox and Will Arnett are expect to return, as are fan-favourite mutants Bebop and Rocksteady. Which is coincidentally the name of the DJ act that Kervyn and I perform under on weekends. We’re available for weddings folks.
It’s a big score for director Green as well. TMNT has become one of Paramount’s new big franchises, and after the director managed to turn his $13 million Earth To Echo film into a $45.3 million hit, he clearly has the chops to handle a bigger project. There’s a couple of things I’d dig to see in the sequel. More Shredder obviously. The Shellraiser. More ninja action. And more elevator beatboxing of course.
Last Updated: December 8, 2014