'Ninja Turtles' Script Leak Is Called Terrible and Gets Compared to 'Transformers'

The original draft by Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec confirms all of the fans' worst nightmares about this continuation of the franchise.
Leaked Ninja Turtles script gets compared to Transformers
Leaked Ninja Turtles script gets compared to Transformers
Back in June, it was announced that producer Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures were delaying the production of Ninja Turtles, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles big screen reboot that has a lot of fans in an uproar, because they hated the script. Soon after, the PR police swooped in and said that it wasn't actually the script causing the delay, which bumped the movie from Christmas 2013 to the summer of 2014, but the fact that they needed to improve upon certain special effects, and that they also wanted the movie to arrive in time for the Turtles' 30th Anniversary.

But now, the original script by André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum has leaked, and in turn was hurriedly pulled off the Internet by Paramount Pictures, helping to prove the legitimacy of it. Those that read it and reviewed it before it was "disappeared" confirmed that fans worst fears about the movie were true, and that the script played like a retooled version of Michael Bay's own Transformers.

Apparently, Paramount Pictures had a lot to be concerned about with this draft. The script, which is out there floating in the ether, and available if you know how to find it (you may not want to), is being described as "terrible", both in style and content.

Here are some of the key problem points with the script (as pointed out by screenrant).

  • The script includes a character named Colonel Schrader, the head of a secret military operation run by an army nicknamed "The Foot" (get it?).
  • Casey Jones and April O'Neil are now dating and in high school. The two have reached a crossroads, as Casey is an unambitious slacker, while April is becoming an intern for CBS. Casey is also described as being the protagonist of the film - not the turtles.
  • The Turtles crack a variety of "updated" pop-culture jokes, making references to Kermit the Frog, cell phones, and the Kung Fu Panda movies (among other things).
  • Casey and the Turtles eventually travel to Dimension X, where the four reptilian warriors discover they are members of a Turtle-like extraterrestrial race (and not mutants, as they previously believed).


Each page of the script is being called a misstep, as the story is chock full of inane juvenile humor, it turns April into a nagging poster girl ala Megan Fox, and it makes the turtles a secondary component to the teenage Casey. This new Ninja Turtles sets out to build a unqiue mythology unknown to fans, and its possible that some of these elements may be retained in future drafts.

Peter Laird, original co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, actually commented about this version of the script. This is what he had to say.

"Someone else alerted me to the existence of this script, and I just a few minutes ago finished reading it. If it is, in fact, the actual draft that was rejected and caused the production of the next TMNT movie to be pushed back to 2014 because the script was unsatisfactory, then I think all true TMNT fans should be grateful to the new "powers that be" that they did not allow this wretched thing to go any further. It could definitely be taken as a good sign if that is the case.

It reminds me of one of the reasons I am glad to not own the property anymore... because I don't have to tear what little hair I have left out while trying to fix junk like this."


The original script review and leak came from TMNTnotTANT, and its authenticity has not been confirmed by Paramount Pictures, but is certainly smelling like the real deal.

And now I leave you with this line of dialogue from the script.

"Kung Fu? What do we look like, cartoon Panda Bears? We're trained in Ninjutsu. And we don't just know it, we serve it for breakfast..."


At least you can sigh a quick breath of relief. This isn't the script going before cameras early next year. The question now is, "How much can they fix before its too late?"

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes to theaters August 8th, 2014 and stars Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Will Arnett, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Danny Woodburn. The film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman.



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  1. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 Ah. Sucks :/ As for me, I'm still eating bird

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  2. ejk1

    @bawnian-dexeus How was yours?

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  3. ejk1

    @bawnian-dexeus I couldn't get home, so I spent it in the law library. And it is friggin cold, dude.

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  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 Lol. How was Turkey day dude?

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  5. ejk1

    This article came out when I had just arrived in Minny, so I had no idea of its awesome existence. Whenever I feel bad now, I can always say, "It could be worse. I could be as bad as the Ninja Turtles writers," lol. And these comments? Golden fellas. Great read.

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  6. Rapheal Turtle Hamato

    not a bad of a script,they think they are mutants,but its turns out they're not

    1 year agoby @Rapheal-Turtle-HamatoFlag

  7. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @mcleve02 i do haha see i can be murderous too

    2 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  8. THE JOKER

    @monkeyiron2-0 The Joker doesn't bite off their face... haha

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  9. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @mcleve02 or biting of faces of cold hearted criminals spreading fear of my opponents

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  10. THE JOKER

    @monkeyiron2-0 Yeah, but it's fun... You can't imagine the thrill of giving some bitch a chelsea's smile!

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  11. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @mcleve02 hey your killing people and i'm sibling on this 4o.OZ

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  12. THE JOKER

    @monkeyiron2-0 You f*cking mooch... haha ;)

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  13. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @mcleve02 again even though I'm a good guy i'm gonna let all that death and destruction slide on a count of to reasons

    1.) I want to put side our differences
    2.) I don't feel like paying for the drinks!!

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  14. THE JOKER

    @monkeyiron2-0 I already finished... haha

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  15. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @mcleve02 Drinks...women...murder...mayhem....As long this petty feud stops even though I'm a good guy and your a killer clown

    2 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  16. THE JOKER

    @monkeyiron2-0 kk... only because there are drinks involved...

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  17. Monkeyiron 2.0

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  18. THE JOKER

    @monkeyiron2-0 Dude, that was The Riddler... Catwoman escaped... I wish they would make glasses for monkeys...

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  19. Monkeyiron 2.0

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  20. THE JOKER

    @monkeyiron2-0 Ahhh sorry she was out of town that week. Turns out you played with a little birdie. What was it like licking Penguin's *sshole?

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  22. THE JOKER

    @monkeyiron2-0 Haha hopes of having a penis. So you're a girl monkey then

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  23. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @mcleve02 I'm an Ape...just feel like like calling me Monkey is because I always wanted a tail....

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  24. THE JOKER

    @monkeyiron2-0 Jesus monkey that was an ape!!! There is a difference. God! And even they just figured it out. We still have thousands of years on you!

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  25. Monkeyiron 2.0

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  26. THE JOKER

    @monkeyiron2-0 That's not one of the qualities I am known for. I think I will keep speaking. After all humans have figured out how to speak. Don't worry, I know the monkey race will get there eventually

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