Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Time To Start Paying Attention To "Wrath of The Titans"

Bad 80s-nerdstalgia news from yesterday: Michael Bay will continue fucking up "Transformers" at least one more time. Good 80s-nerdstalgia news from today: Michael Bay will NOT be fucking up "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" as it looked like he might be for awhile there. Instead, directing duties will fall to Johnathan Liebesman; currently of "Wrath of The Titans." The same basic production/studio setup that shepherded that CGI-animated psuedo-sequel to the original trilogy a few years back are handling this one, but it's set to be the beginning of a new series as opposed to a further continuation.

Liebesman has demonstrated mostly-solid action chops in the past, but overall his filmography is pretty bleak: nobody remembers or much cared about "Darkness Falls" or "The Killing Room," and while he made bank with "Battle: Los Angeles" the movie was pretty damn terrible. On the other hand... he's NOT Michael Bay.



So, right now this is good news as far as I'm concerned, and will remain so until the words "dark and gritty reimagining" escape the lips of someone on the production (innevitably "fanboy-proofed" by references to "the spirit of the original Mirage comics, naturally.)

15 comments:

Lido said...

Speaking as someone who has never liked TMNT but loved Battle LA, Liebsemen is the totally wrong choice for this. Hell I'm not even sure the movie itself is the right choice of something to make but if they're gonna do it they should really find someone else

Mildra: The RPG Monk said...

I'm gonna be cautiously optimistic (with the greatest emphasis on caution I can muster). Personally, I don't think this director's a good fit, and I'll bet money he'll come out and talk about how he's a fan of the source material in some way. but no matter how bad it'll be, it's gonna be MILES better than the Tabletop RPG (by virtue of it not involving Palladium).

Also, I hate to be the guy who abuses the "i'll just leave this here" meme, but in this case its called for (since I can't think of anything witty to say)

http://caseyjonesthemovie.com/

Joshua the Anarchist said...

Overused meme aside, I must concur with Mildra. The Casey Jones fan film was pretty damn good, nicely blending together different elements from the various versions the TMNT universe. It was held back only by budget, which resulted in a rather pitiful looking Michelangelo, and yet it still features the best live action Krang ever (though only by virtue of being the ONLY live action Krang ever). Giving the maker of that film the reins, while highly unlikely, could result in good things. Especially because I'd prefer the TMNT film series return to live action. The 2007 one was decent. But let's get back to the flesh and blood Turtles.

MerelyAFan said...

A dark and gritty version is actually redundant anyway as the first movie already managed the perfect amount of darkness for a Turtles film, and incorporated the better elements of both the comics and the cartoon for a fairly pragmatic adaptation.

I'd actually dig an out there TMNT with stuff like Dimension X and all the various strange villains showing up in some fashion. Seeing live action versions of them would be fun to see in theaters.

You know what? Fuck it I want a movie with a Baxter Stockman (flyman version), Leatherhead, Slash, and Metalhead villain team as led by Krang.

jstr4life said...

I was kinda conserned about this, then I realized that the Turtle movie I adore was directed by Steve Barron, who did a great job with this, but also directed Coneheads, the Johnathan Taylor Thomas Pinocchio movie, and some awesome 80's music videos. Kinda a weak resume, but his take on the Turtles is one of my all time favorites.

JPArbiter said...

You know I honestly would not mind a TMNT take based on the Mirage Comics. not a requisite mind you, but it would be refreshing in the same way the last TMNT did away with the Warner Brothers cartoony style (and yet was still awesomely animated.)

Aiddon said...

It'd be nice to see TMNT again, but I guy with this weak of a resume doesn't get my hopes up.

Addley C. Fannin said...

Not sure you could get much "grim and grittier" than the original comics; being pretty much just a straight-up Frank Miller parody and all...

You seen the screenshots they've released for the new Nick cartoon? Jury's still out on whether any of it's going to look good in animation, but they've done some interesting things with the designs - like given each of the turtles a distinct body shape.

Steven Ulysses Perhero said...

On the subject of drawing from the comics or the original cartoon, I feel the first run of movies and the 2K3 show should be considered.

The first movie was closer to the comics than the show, with Shredder being a competent villain and Krang not existing, although the charming humor was still present. It did great and is still a good movie today.
Then the second movie moved the town closer to the cartoon, with the violence toned down, the humor turned up, and the mutagen being used more or less the way it was in the show. It was still successful but less so, and I must admit it's a guilty pleasure for me these days.
Then the silly-on-the-show's-leve third movie happened. I'm sure most of us would prefer it didn't, and I think the fact that the fourth movie had the 2K3 series to sneak a character in FROM by the time it got made speaks for itself in how successful the third movie was.

This exact same pattern can be observed in the more recent cartoon. The first four seasons had a serious tone although the humor was still present, and that was a big hit, then Fast Forward happened and the show became less serious, and THEN Back To The Sewer happened with Splinter trapped in a cyber world and the Turtles fighting Cyber-Shredder or something, and the ratings followed them to the sewer and beyond.

We can nostalgia as hard as we want for the old cartoon, but I think history is, as we speak, proving that the franchise is better off leaving it behind.

Anonymous said...

You Are NOT getting anymore of my money, Sam Worthington.

Anonymous said...

So let me see if I got this straight: you're okay with TMNT being given a shit director, as long it's a director no one cares about. I'll expect your geek resignation in the morning.

Anonymous said...

Guillermo Del Toro would be the ideal director for TMNT. Sadly, that will probably never happen.

Smashmatt202 said...

Wait... there's going to be MORE FUCKING MICHAEL BAY TRANSFORMER MOVIES?!

WHY, GOD, WHY?!?!?!

Ah well, at least I got some good news today...

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Do you see this Bob? It's from the upcoming Disney movie Wreck-it Ralph. I hope you like it.

Phil said...

Bob's fetish for childishness and grade school antics every time any movie concept comes out that is fantastical is getting ridiculous.

"Dark and gritty" IS how a new TMNT movie should be and don't think that just because you are acknowledging the original comic books that it somehow debunking that argument. It actually shows that you have NO argument other than it being some sort of fetish.

You give no reason for why it should be silly and not take itself seriously other than you getting a chance to turn the lights off in your house and re-live movie moments in your underwear when no one is looking.

And no MerelyAFan, a "dark and gritty" version would not be redundant because the first TMNT was NOT "dark and gritty" since the characterizations were still based on the original cartoon. You write "perfect balance" as if that was the tone of the original books. The first TMNT movie was trying to play to both audiences (comic and cartoon) which is also what the more recent TMNT animated series was doing.

Why can't we get an adaptation that is straight from the original comics? Cause people like Bob won't get a chance to pretend they're 5 years old anymore? Please.

Sir Laguna said...

Libesman directed the prequel to the Michael Bay produced remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre...

And I kinda liket it, they made a cow explode.