Casey Jones Dodges A Bullet By Being Left Out Of NINJA TURTLES Reboot
When Michael “Boom-Boom” Bay announced that he’d be producing a reboot of the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, fans were outraged. While his Transformers franchise has proven to be a successful “popcorn blockbuster,” they have lacked a decent story and have given us nothing but great special effects and explosions. Needless, to say, fans were nervous about his approach. But then we saw Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Battle: Los Angeles) come on board as director, and things were looking up. However, things took a nose-dive when Megan Fox was brought in to play the female lead in April O’Neil. And then came the news that instant of ooze-induced mutants, our beloved turtles would be aliens. Thankfully, Ninja Turtle creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, laid that nasty rumor to rest, saying that leaked script was tossed. A bright light in this mess is that William Fichtner would be playing Shredder. Always a good sign when one of the best character actors out there is playing your villains.
Today, we have news that one of the turtle’s biggest allies, Casey Jones, won’t be making an appearance in the reboot. According to Geek Tyrant, whose source is “very close to the production,” Will Arnett’s role of Vernon Fenwick, was going to be expanded. They did say that this isn’t a guarantee Casey won’t appear in the future, as future films are likely- Fichtner stated he had signed on for three films.
Fans of the character may be disappointed to hear this news, but until we see the type and quality of film we are getting, I’m OK with him being benched for the time being. It should also be noted that the action in the film is “over the top greatness, comparable to The Raid.” If they can pull that type of ass-kicking off, it may be the saving grace of this project. What do you think? Is leaving Casey out a good thing? Are you looking forward to this reboot?