Ninja Turtles Production Pushed Back

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In a shocking move today, Paramount Pictures have shut down production for the reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film was in preproduction in Vancouver already, with a set release date of December 2013.

The big issue with the movie was said to be the script.

Paramount has delayed several big movies from this year to 2013, including G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Brad Pitt’s World War Z, leaving it with a spotty pipeline for the current year. Now it has halted work on its planned holiday movie for 2013, temporarily laying off preproduction staff and informing those prepping the film that the work stoppage is “indefinite,” according to sources. Another source close to the production says the movie has been pushed by ten weeks.

The delay of G.I. Joe was bad enough news for Paramount, then not long after that the stories about rewrites and weeks of reshoots for Brad Pitt’s World War Z was announced. It seems like Paramount has a pretty big mess on their hands.

The new date for Ninja Turtles is a tentative May 16, 2014 release according to Deadline’s sources. It is believed that part of the decision to delay the production was to reduce the budget by $10-$20 million and have the film at the $125 million mark. The May 16 spot will more than likely also feature one of Marvel’s as of yet unannounced films as well, so that’s some stiff competition.

You may remember Michael Bay, who is producing the reboot, had fans in a tizzy when he announced that the turtles would be an alien species that came to our planet. There was a mixed reaction from the creative team of TMNT, but fans were pretty unanimous in their displeasure. Whether the script is being reworked to ease the fan rage or not remains to be seen. Paramount has some cleaning up to do, so we’ll have to wait and see how things are adjusted.

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