Sunday, 6 April 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles teaser trailer arrives online

Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies have just released their first teaser trailer for Jonathan Liebesman's (Wrath Of The Titans) cinematic take on the beshelled pizza loving heroes in a half-shell, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

While the teaser may be light on plot details, it does at least establish William Fichtner (The Lone Ranger) as the shadowy evil businessman figure (also known as Shredder) and Megan Fox (Transformers) as plucky journalist April O'Neil. TCRI Laboratories are the folk behind the radioactive green goop seen in one shot, and so it's a safe bet they're also the guys behind the turtles' mutation. The big shock for fans here is the claim that April O'Neil's dad was involved in the creation of the turtles – shades of The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) there then.

Launched in 1984 by Mirage Studios, the Teenage Mutant Mutant Ninja Turtles were a pop culture phenomenon. Created by Kevin Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming with friend Peter Laird, the young comic book artists acquired a loan from Eastman's uncle to develop a self published comic intended to parody four of the most popular comics of the time. Marvel Comics' Daredevil and New Mutants, Dave Sim's Cerebus, and Frank Miller's Ronin.

The Turtles rise to mainstream success, however, came in 1986 when licensing agent Mark Freedman sought out Eastman and Laird to propose wider merchandising opportunities for the franchise. Since then the reptilian mutants have had numerous incarnations of comic book adaptions, action figures, animated series', video games and three live action features showcasing special effects work by Jim Henson's Creature Workshop.

After the cartoon series ended in 1996, a live action series, titled Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation (which featured a fifth female turtle called Venus De Milo), had been developed but was cancelled after one season. The property lay dormant until 2003 when a new animated TV series, also titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, had a successful 7 season run on Fox Box before ending in February 2009.

Later that year Nickelodeon purchased all of Mirage's rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property. While Mirage still retains the rights to publish 18 issues a year, the future involvement of Mirage with the Turtles, and the future of Mirage Studios itself, is unknown. Nickelodeon has since developed a new CG animated TMNT television series and is currently partnering Paramount Pictures to bring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back to our screens.

With Michael Bay as Executive Producer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also features Danny Woodburn (Mirror Mirror), Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Pete Ploszek (Shameless), Jeremy Howard (Accepted), Noel Fisher (Battles Los Angeles) and Will Arnett (Jonah Hex).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arrives here on 17 October.

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