Article by James
Is it just me, or is it completely bizarro that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continue to live on? And in crazy levels of popularity with the youngsters. Released recently were more pics re current filming of the new big screen film released mid 2014, with the Turtles being played by a list a fringe-dwelling up-and-comers in CGI suits. And Megan Fox plays their human friend, April. What the? From Transformers to TMNT! What’s next, bringing back He-Man?!? Fox would make a hot Evil Lyn though.
Strange casting aside, for the last 2 years I have heard my now 7 year old nephew wax lyrical re the Turtles, and I have been astounded by their longevity. Their current popularity which is resulting in a return to the big screen has been the re-introduction of the animated series on Saturday mornings me thinks, with toys and merchandising back in full swing over the last couple of years. Running out of ideas may be the reason, but after their global popularity waned in the early to mid-90’s, I thought we’d seen the last of them. For those of a certain vintage, you may remember this isn’t the first cashing in on the Turtles re the big screen. 1990, I think was the last time. Well, I can honestly say I won’t be going to see this one, unless my nephew makes me take him…
And the other thing. The new film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman who is responsible for the money-spinner, 2012’s I’m-being-kind-by-saying-average Wrath of the Titans, and the truly awful “flop-blockbuster”, 2011’s World Invasion: Battle LA. Strange casting in the Director seat too, as this is obviously a studio controlled cash-cow. I will give Liebesman due credit for his 2003 film Darkness Falls. Quite reasonable, but not for the kiddies.