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Ninja Turtles Hits Christmas 2013

Paramount Pictures has shuffled its release schedule, clearing Christmas 2013 for its $100 million Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, and pushing back the Brad Pitt zombie-apocalypse drama World War Z to June 21, 2013. The studio also moved the Tom Cruise crime thriller One Shot from February 2013 to Dec. 21, 2012, the date previously occupied by World War Z.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount is looking to position the Christopher McQuarrie-directed One Shot in the same frame that served the $688.8 million blockbuster Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol so well last year. Based on Lee Child’s bestselling novel, One Shot stars Cruise as an ex-military police officer drawn into the case of a former sniper accused of killing five people.

A blend of live action and CGI, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Battle: Los Angeles) from a script by Ghost Protocol screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. The previous installment of the film franchise, 2007’s TMNT, grossed more than $95 million worldwide.

Helmed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, The Kite Runner), World War Z is based on Max Brooks’ 2006 novel collecting first-person accounts of survivors of a decade-long war against zombies. In addition to Pitt, the film also stars Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, Bryan Cranston and David Morse.


  • Jorell Rivera

    After reading this I couldn’t help but sing the theme song to the TMNT cartoon.  I love the original live action films so I’m glad Paramount is going in that direction for the new film. Can’t wait to see what the Turtles are going to look like.

  • Anonymous

    Still don’t understand why this has to be a mix of CGI and live action, Pixar’s been doing great movies all CGI for years.
    My main problem is that with a mix of CGI and live action a movie is pretty sure to not focus on the CGI character, since they’re likely to fall into the uncanny valley under too much scrutiny. I really don’t want that to happen to the turtles, they’re too awesome to get sidelined while April hogs all the camera time.

  • Me

    They could do it like Where the Wild Things are, where they used guys in suits and added cgi to accentuate the performance.

  • Seth Brower

     I don’t have the link handy, but that is what they were saying at some point last year was the goal.
    They were aiming at the time, to do an old school men in suits and then completely replace the head/face to allow for a much more expressive character.

  • Dan Riedel

    As long as they get Cary Tagawa (Mortal Kombat’s Shang Tsung), or Sonny Chiba to play Shredder, I’m in!

  • Erikgalston

     the last ninja turtle movie WAS completely CGI and it only made 95 million dollars, i’m guessing they want to make more than that?

  • 0bsessions

    I think the low gross had less to do with the CGI and a lot more to do with the fact kids don’t really much care about TMNT. Their shelf life is long since over, which is a shame considering the CGI film really was pretty good.

  • Alex

    I remember playing the TMNT arcade game, it was so awesome!!! IF I had real money, I’d go out and buy me that thing.

    Never beat the lesser NES game. I camethis close.

  • Erikgalston

     that last movie was released when fox was airing like 3 different turtle shows.. i’m pretty sure kids cared

  • Bret

    yes, and it was also AWFUL, and the whole reason they are just rebooting the whole thing instead of making a sequel to that all-CGI movie which was crap. The 1980’s cheesy old live action movies were much better and that’s sad considering the technology they have today. I expect this new one to realize the mistakes that were made and put out an actual amazing movie that we’ve needed from TMNT.

  • Wceyrolles10

    I actually thought TMNT was great! I’m sure people were disapointed it didn’t have shredder but thats what makes alot of sequels like that boring. Bringing back the main villian to do THEIR take on him instead of trying somwthing new. Like Lex Luthor in Superman Returns. The action was great and the humor was funny but not campy or overdone. Same with the drama. The fight between Leo and Rapheal in the rain was entertaining and hit the right emotional beats. It was the most fun i had with the turtles since i was a kid.

  • Faust

    Wish there had of been a sequel to the CGI TMNT movie. I really enjoyed it. And it would of been great to see Shredder in the sequel. I know people may think using him again would be overkill, but I think he is great, and would love to see him again.

    That being said, any new Turtles movie is welcome!

  • Faust

    how much did it cost to make? I know 95 MILLION DOLLARS (!!!!) isn’t considered alot in hollywood standards. But how about taking into account it was a cartoon?

  • Faust

    You bring up a good point. I was just thinking that having Mr Null and Maligna (and Scul & Been) from the Achie series would of been perfect the the CGI!!

    Now I’m sad that didn’t happen! :( haha…

  • Bret

    Well I thought the animation was pretty poor and the story was off the wall with all the random monsters. The human’s looked bad and their mouth movements did not match well with the voice. The only part I liked was the battle between Rafael and Leonardo.