Today, Paramount has delayed yet another movie. This time it is the much talked about reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Michael Bay producing. You may recall hearing about it a few months ago when Bay pissed off the franchise’s fan base by insinuating that he might turn them into aliens in order to find a larger audience. If this is the first time you are hearing about this, do not worry because he came out the next day and told everyone to ‘relax’ and that the project will be done right.
Ninja Turtles was originally slated for a Christmas 2013 release, but now thanks to cost-shaving rewrites, production has been delayed 10 weeks which gives the movie a date at the start of the summer 2014. Deadline is saying that May 16th may be the date; however, that is unconfirmed at this time.
Other details about the project remain scarce, but apparently the budget is about $125 million and the rewrites are to take the potential blockbuster down from $145 million. Directing is Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) and writing is the Iron Man duo of Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.
This film is the latest big budget feature to get delayed by Paramount in recent months as the studio recently postponed two of their 2012 tentpoles for rewrites. First came the Brad Pitt-produced World War Z which we recently learned is getting a third act face-lift courtesy of Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof, and later came the shocking pull of G.I. Joe for a plethora of reasons including a 3D convert and quality concerns.