Jonathan Liebesman is going to make a great film. From what I've seen of the script, it's fantastic. Michael Bay has made some great and intense movies. We're talking about being inspired by movies like Marvel's The Avengers for scope and roots origin and The Raid: Redemption for fight scenes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes as far as computer-quality style.
I [want to tell] the fans first and foremost not to worry, this will be a great TMNT film. Much like many thirty year old concepts, the TMNT's have been re-invented a number of times, some were stronger than others, but if you look at what Viacom/Nickelodeon has done/allowed to happen with the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated TV series, and the new IDW comic series, each has a slightly new and refreshed take on the "core concept," the new film with be the same, a film "well placed" in the Ninja Turtles lore the fans will enjoy. If we learned nothing else from one of my favorite "Comic Book Based Films, Marvel's The Avengers, that there's a lot to be said about never forgetting that core concept and core fan-base.
Three years ago, I started working on the John Fusco version, which was this awesome, awesome, awesome Batman Begins kind of take on the first movie. It was really interesting, but it was maybe a little too edgy for what Paramount wanted. It went through a couple of different versions before Michael Bay took it over and brought in Jonathan Liebesman to direct."
What is Kevin Eastman's involvement in the film?
In paying close attention to Kevin Eastman's comments, it should be noted that the Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec screenplay was the one leaked to the internet this past summer. At the time, Michael Bay claimed that screenplay was being completely scrapped, and that new writers were possibly coming on board. If we're to believe Eastman, Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec are still in charge of the screenplay.
Did they throw out the old script and start from scratch? Or will some of the most hated elements still be present in this new draft? We're not sure. But Kevin Eastman likes it...So, should we be worried?
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.