TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES are sometimes confusing. Having been rebooted many times over the years in cartoon, CGI and live-action (both cinematic and televised) forms, it’s often a question of which version of the TMNT is the definitive one? But it doesn’t really matter, despite being a now-grown kid that was rockin’ a brightly-colored TMNT shirt from the 1990 film back in the day, and who still drools over the latest action figures from Playmates Toys on a regular basis – those based on the current Nickelodeon series. Now comes the trailer for the Michael Bay-produced shot at a live-action TMNT movie, and here’s the deal: I like Michael Bay. Take a look…
It could be said that it “bears the mark” of Bay, and even looks a little TRANSFORMERS-esque, which isn’t really surprising. In fact, I could see the Autobots and Decepticons inhabiting the same world as Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael… but Bay didn’t direct this one, Jonathan Liebesman (who helmed the Bay-produced TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE prequel) did.
“The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil and her wise-cracking cameraman Vernon Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.”
Starring: Megan Fox, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Alan Ritchson, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Will Arnett, Whoopi Goldberg
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES hits theaters this August from Paramount Pictures.