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‘Ninja Turtles’ Writer Weighs in on Darker Tone

The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer raised plenty of questions for fans. Despite some slapstick humor toward the end, director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Michael Bay’s take on the Turtles appears to be darker in tone than previous films.

Speaking with ComingSoon, screenwriter Andrew Nemec weighed in on the subject of just how dark the new Turtles movie will get.

“Tone was a very interesting question on this movie as far as how dark we really wanted to go,” he said. “It’s really all in the conflict between the characters. That was the driving principle. The color palettes that were chosen were not designed to be Dark Knight-ish in that regard. We weren’t looking to make that movie. I’m a huge fan of that movie, but I didn’t eat gobs of popcorn while I was watching that movie. We certainly didn’t want kids to be running for the exits. ‘Mommy! Why did he do that?!’ We weren’t looking for that.”

“We really wanted to entertain and have fun with it,” he continued. “I think we skate — we live — on a very fun line in this movie, whether it’s the action feeling real and exciting, but also fun and adventurous. It really never feels dark in a way that would startle you out of your chair or make you fearful.”

Read the full interview for much more on Nemec’s Ninja Turtles plans. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits theaters on Aug. 8.

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Comments

  • Ruben

    Talking as someone that grew up with TMNT’s tv series, and although I’ve never read the comic book, I can understand the producers’ choice in basing the movie on the darker tone from the comics.

    But still, I would appreciate if they put in some camp from the Tv shows as well, only because I’m really fed up with “dark and gritty” trend in superhero-related movies. It’s like everything has to have a dramatic, deep meaning nowadays, instead of being just pure fun. But well, I’ll give the movie a fair shot, nonetheless.

  • Tophman

    It is sad that the days of fun adventure popcorn films are seemingly a thing of the past. It’s unfortunate but the studios are often responding to what they think the public wants. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the last scene and will definitely give this movie a chance.

  • Sentry616

    why is The Shredder white? Are they just chucking out the foot clan backstory?
    I’ll bet we never see any Triceratons either.

  • DriedFruit

    Click through to the article — the writer states buddy cop movies were an inspiration.

  • mel

    The original movie had a serious tone but was still fun

  • Ruben

    I’m aware. I hope this movie follows the same route.

  • neoman42

    Has is actually been stated somewhere that the actor playing the Shredder is also Oruku Saki. I’m thinking that Saki’s hanging out in the background, and the other guy’s just a stand in until he makes his reveal in the post credits scene….

  • Sentry616

    I hope you’re right.

  • SharynJRivera

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