Another week, another Paramount production in serious trouble. Following the disappointing news that G.I. Joe: Retaliation was being delayed until 2013 for 3D conversion (and possibly some serious reshoots), and that the epic zombie flick World War Z was being delayed for major script revisions by Prometheus's Damon Lindelof, came the news this weekend that Michael Bay's reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was being put on "indefinite" hiatus. Except it's not.
Hollywood Reporter has announced that pre-production has indeed ceased on Wrath of the Titans director Jonathan Liebesman's adaptation of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's beloved 1990s pop culture phenomenon. Sources vary as to how long the work stoppage will last, with some saying as much as ten weeks, and others declaring that it is "indefinite." It instead appears that Ninja Turtles, originally scheduled for a December 2013 release, has been bumped back to sometime in 2014. The delay will be used to dial back the potential blockbuster's budget by $10-20 million, down somewhere closer to $125 million.
Ninja Turtles was the subject of rampant fan scrutiny after Michael Bay proclaimed that the title characters were aliens back in March of 2012. Robbie Rist, the voice of Michelangelo in the first three live-action films, went so far as to say that "The rape of our childhood memories continues…" If they're aliens, however, it would probably make it easier to introduce some of the crazier elements of the animated series, like the interdimensional conqueror Krang, who were suspiciously absent from the original motion pictures.
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