'TMNT' Reboot Gets Director To Manage Turtle Power

February 15, 2012


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning director Jonathan Liebesman is in talks to once again dutifully reboot a dormant franchise--this time Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the once-beloved '90s property now in the hands of Texas Chainsaw Massacre producers Platinum Dunes and Michael Bay, the man who greedily bought up all the old toys your mom sold in a garage sale and now wants to sell them back to you as image and noise.

Liebesman also previously directed Battle: Los Angeles and the upcoming Clash of the Titans sequel, which will be showing off its new haircut later next month. The Turtles, meanwhile, last appeared on screens as computer-animated shapes in 2007's TMNT, having taken a long break after 1993's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III sent the youth reptiles time-traveling back to feudal Japan--a storyline that remarkably went too absurd for even a series about ooze transforming turtles into sarcastic, pizza-loving teenage warriors who, in some incarnations, fought an alien brain in a giant suit. The reported plan for Liebesman's reboot is to return the franchise to its live-action roots, though prior updates claimed the Turtles themselves would no longer be puppets but rendered in CGI, like the Rise of the Planet of the Apes apes, or those chipmunks we like so much. Hopefully that's remains the case; Andy Serkis is always looking for a reason to slip into some sensor-covered spandex, and more importantly, I really don't want to stop using this graphic.

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