23/04/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Comic and sci-fi fans, stop your grinning and drop your linen, for the green light for development has just been given for a live-action movie looking at the origins of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film will be coming at you 2011.
The news of the fifth movie version of the crime-fighting heroes in a half-shell comes on the day the Turtles kick off their 25th anniversary national Shell-ebration in New York.
Mednick told us that, "The original dozen comics created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman are some of the best source material one could hope for. We're excited to bring this story to a whole new generation of moviegoers as well as the legions of fans that have made the Turtles - Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael as well as Splinter, April O'Neil, Casey Jones and, of course, the great villain Shredder - a part of their world for 25 years."
Gary Richardson CEO of Mirage added, "It was critical to us to find people who both understood the Turtles franchise and were accomplished film makers who appreciated both the action and humour components of the Turtles' identity. With Galen and Scott we know we've found great talent with those essential attributes."
Producers Scott Mednick (of 300, Superman Returns, 10,000 BC, and Where the Wild Things Are famee) and Galen Walker will create the new live-action film. Peter Laird, Gary Richardson, Frederick Fierst, Eric Crown and Napoleon Smith III will serve as executive producers of the film.
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