‘Ninja Turtles’ Postponed Because Michael Bay and Paramount Hate the Script!

The studio has laid off pre-production staff members for a 10-week delay on this live-action reboot, now set for release on May 16, 2014.

Paramount Pictures has delayed the Ninja Turtles reboot
Paramount Pictures has delayed the Ninja Turtles reboot
Paramount Pictures has pulled the plug on the live-action Ninja Turtles reboot, to work out issues with the script. The move is a complete reversal from our report last week that revealed shooting will begin later this summer.

The studio has already laid off pre-production staff members, with the start of production postponed for 10 weeks. Paramount has moved the release date up from December 25, 2013 to May 16, 2014.

The screenplay by André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum is said to be the primary reason for the production shut down. It isn't known if Paramount is seeking out new writers. Jonathan Liebesman is directing, with Michael Bay producing through his Platinum Dunes production company.

There has been no shortage of controversy surrounding this project. Back in March, Michael Bay revealed a new "alien origin" for these popular characters, which set off a fanboy firestorm. Fans have also responded negatively to the title itself, after it was confirmed that they shortened it from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

This is the third major production that Paramount has delayed in the past few months. We reported last month that G.I. Joe Retaliation was bumped nine months from June 29, 2012 to March 29, 2013 to be converted into 3D. We also reported in March that World War Z was pushed into the summer of 2013, to accommodate extensive reshoots.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was released August 8th, 2014 and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Johnny Knoxville, Jeremy Howard. The film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman.

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  1. Zach Chechile

    He probably hated the script because their wasn't enough explosions. He's gonna ruin the teenage mutant ninja turtles

    3 years agoby @Zach-ChechileFlag


    @bryanyentz fantastic! I juts hope they can get this movie right! God does Nolan have to direct everything to make it not suck!?

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  3. Cheetoboy

    @thesymbiote Thats hilarious man. Now that I think about it, if they change the origin back to the way it should be, I'll agree with @chris Santos they should put the Teenage Mutant part back. If they do the Ninja Turtles movie right, it could become the next big mega hit franchise, just like Transformers, Star Wars, Spiderman, Batman/The Dark Knight, and the rest of the big superhero films.

    3 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  4. TheSymbiote

    @corey I bet when the turtles get to earth they're gonna get high off of pizza.

    3 years agoby @thesymbioteFlag

  5. Chris Santos

    maybe he should put the full title of the movie back Teenage mutant ninja turtles

    3 years agoby @chris-santosFlag

  6. Corey W.

    If Bay hated a script then it really must've been bad.

    Probably not enough comedic drug references for Bay.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  7. Dan

    @youngrizo Considering I use that word in my daily speech, none from me.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  8. Youngrizo


    That's one of the most ignorant things I've ever seen anyone post on a forum, and I've seen a lot of forums. I hope you don't think that's gaining you any sort of respect.

    3 years agoby @youngrizoFlag

  9. Alan Solares

    Every film Michael Bay produced gets f*cked!!

    3 years agoby @Alan-SolaresFlag

  10. Cheetoboy

    @youngrizo Oh, so it is being partially destributed by paramount, my bad. Oh well, they need to get there sh*t together and I'll say this one more time, bring the script back to its roots, with the original TMNT story.

    3 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  11. darkdream

    am glad it was postponed why the f*ck is michael bay even thinking of rebooting the turtles he should leave it alone and make bad boys 3 which he promised like 2 years ago

    3 years agoby @darkdreamFlag

  12. psychobilly13

    Y'all, lol. That's one of those funny words used by cousin f*ckers and inbreeds

    3 years agoby @psychobilly13Flag

  13. Youngrizo


    I just doublechecked, yeah production companies listed are

    Nickelodeon Movies
    Paramount Pictures
    Platinum Dunes

    3 years agoby @youngrizoFlag

  14. Cheetoboy

    Oh yeah, Ninja Turtles isn't with paramount, its with New Line Cinema/Platinum Dunes, which of course Michael Bay has produced many films from. Thanks for the info @youngrizo finally someone who isn't a Michael Bay hater, if people hate his movies so much then why do most y'all see them.

    3 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  15. Youngrizo

    Michael bay isn't a bad director. He's actually a good action Movie Director. As far as his production studio, the movies they've done haven't been great but haven't been terrible, in fact I'm pretty sure a lot of people loved the Texas Chainsaw massacre remake they produced, from what I've seen and heard.

    On the other hand, love him or hate him, all you hating are being delusional if you really think this is in anyway significant to him or the script. In any good story, you'll find that if you follow the money, you usually find the answers at the end of it's trail. Here is what we have...

    - Paramount has already moved G.I. Joe Retaliation to next year... if you have any experience in the entertainment industry then you'd understand that they are losing a lot of money just by making this move. They will have to budget for the marketing of this same film for next year.

    - They have delayed World War Z, that means now not only are two of their major releases pushed back, they have to figure out their earnings for each quarter going forward with those 2 changes, and find a way to stay afloat until they can start profiting from all the money they already sunk into these projects.

    - So TMNT may have been moved officially "for script changes" but you don't halt production for 10 weeks, for script changes alone, the movie was after all still in pre-production, they have plenty of time for script changes, especially not when you're already moving things around to try and please the investors.

    - And most importantly. Michael Bay's Transformers franchise grossed 2.675 billion dollars. Paramount published all of those movies. As they did that they are going to make this movie happen, and it will drop in 2014 and the same year Transformers 4 will drop, and you know why? because in all those trailers and tv spots you're going to see before the TMNT movie is released, they want to plaster "From the Director of Transformers" all over them. Because as much as film making is an art, Paramount is a business.


    3 years agoby @youngrizoFlag

  16. Dan

    @bryanyentz Too funny, man.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  17. mb11


    3 years agoby @mbrandon11Flag

  18. ROFLitschristian

    Hate the script? Must have been to much plot development and not enough explosions.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  19. ejk1

    Five months probably won't be enough to turn this completely around.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  20. Cheetoboy

    Michael Bay, in my opinion isn't a bad director, he's just more into action and explosions. All though the story for the Transformers films were a little generic, really guys are you seeing it for a great plot, or because you won't to see alien robots fight each other and cause destruction and mayhem. Quite personally I saw it for the action. I even like Bad Boys2, despite the fact some critics didn't like it, it still got praise for its action sequences. So this is my way of saying Michael Bay may not be the best story teller, but he sure knows how to make spectacular action sequences, and there's other directors who aren't really good at that. Hopefully Ninja Turtles was postponed for the right reasons.

    3 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  21. Replicant

    Maybe he didn't like the script because there was a lot of character development and a decent story. And probably a lack of lingerie models as the lead actresses.

    Even if they do come up with a good script, Jonathan Liebesman is the new worst director in Hollywood, so this is 100% surely gonna suck.

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  22. psychobilly13

    Maybe Bay didnt like the fact that there weren't enough explosions. So he demanded more to be written in. MICHAEL BAY, GET AT ME!!!

    3 years agoby @psychobilly13Flag

  23. CBF

    First off changing the origin is bad in general. Adding the Utrom species is true to the comics but not sure if they are doing that.

    3 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  24. SherlockHolmes2009

    @beltraneitor Lol thats probably one of the reasons. The other reason is probably what @rudy said

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  25. Vamp

    Must be bad if Bay hates it. Haha.

    3 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  26. Brandonmartell

    Now he knows how most of us feel when he changed the origin...we hate it!

    3 years agoby @brandonmartellFlag

  27. CelluloidDreams


    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  28. Rudy

    @shuabert I disagree because everything Michael Bay makes is sh*t, so if Michael Bay hated the script, then it must have been good because the only scripts Michael Bay likes are bad scripts which turn into sh*t movies.

    3 years agoby @rudyFlag

  29. Sidrulzz

    Thats awesome news... I have seen Jonathan Liebesman interviews and he seems like an arrogant prick... he even sucks as a director!
    The fact that he blatantly made fun of Kronos from God of War to his own... he needs to know not everyone can do Greek Mythology perfectly... I guess he found out the hard way when that movie bombed!

    3 years agoby @sidrulzzFlag

  30. Josh

    If even Michael Bay hated the script, it must have been real bad.

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

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