Michael Bay is attached (in a producing role) to a reboot of the Ninja Turtles franchise which is no doubt intended to kick off a new franchise of films in line with a new vision on the property. However it seems all is not well with the project with a delay in the release date from late 2013 to late 2014.
Not a great deal is known about the state of the new film, Jonathan Liebsman (Wrath of the Titans) is attached to direct from a screenplay by Josh Appelbaum. Michael Bay has previously revealed that for this vision of the characters the turtles were to be an alien race, which predictably received much negative feedback from the fan community. It was also speculated that the new film would be the first live action take on the franchise to include the alien character Krang.
For now it looks like all bets are off, in addition to re-scheduling the film’s release date, Paramount Pictures have shut down pre-production on the film rumoured to be due to “script problems”. The hold up appears to be indefinite though subsequent speculation since the announcement is hinting at a period of approximately 10 weeks.
Recently Paramount Pictures also delayed their summer release ‘GI Joe: Retribution’ until early next year, leaving the studio under-represented in the current US summer season of block busters. The delay in release of ‘GI Joe’ has been attributed to a 3D conversion.
Whether the delay in production for the new Turtles film turns out to be 10 weeks or longer, we’ll have to wait and see.