New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film pushed back to May 2014

The rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film has been pushed back by Paramount Pictures from its scheduled release in December 2013. It will now open in the US on May 16th 2014.

Initially it was reported that the film had been shelved indefinitely due to the script not being good enough to begin shooting this October, with Paramount shutting down pre-production.

A joint production between Paramount and Nickelodeon, the film is to reboot the franchise with an origin story and will be produced by Michael Bay through his production company Platinum Dunes. Self confessed Turtles fan Jonathan Liebesman will be directing the film. Written by Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol scribes Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, it is not yet known if Paramount will be bringing someone onboard to help with rewrites.

The film had already angered fans when Bay described how the Ninja Turtles would be “from an alien race.” However, the delay at least shows that Paramount is concerned about making a quality film rather than rushing out with a franchise non-starter.

For Paramount this makes for another blockbuster that has had its release date postponed, with both G.I. Joe: Retaliation and World War Z having been pushed back to 2013.

Are you interested in seeing the Turtles in another big screen outing? Do you see the delay as a good or bad thing?

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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