Jonathan Liebesman Might Direct the New 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

Wednesday, 15 February 2012 09:48 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Jonathan Liebesman Might Direct the New 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

The titular quartet of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles haven't starred in a live-action feature film in just a hair under twenty years.  Though Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michaelango still form a recognizable property, it's been awhile since their early 1990's heyday, when the characters were an inescapable cultural presence.  As is the case with any movie property that carries a whiff of bankable nostalgia, there's a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theatrical reboot in the works, and it might just have found an appropriately action-savvy director.

Platinum Dunes, the production company behind horror remakes like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street, has had the rights to a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for a while, but it seems they've finally settled on a director to make it happen.  According to Variety, Jonathan Liebesman is currently in talks to direct the reboot.

Liebesman has a relationship with the company, having directed the remake prequel Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning in 2006.  Following that feature debut, Liebesman went on to direct last year's Battle Los Angeles and next month's sequel Wrath of the Titans, starring Sam Worthington and featuring zero krakens being released.

Not much is known about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  It will, of course, feature the four hormonal, radical, pizza-eating turtles created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.  In the past three live-action features, and 2007's lamentable TMNT, the turtles retained the exuberant sense of humor one would expect from a group of anthropomorphized animals trained in martial arts by a giant rat, but the new version might take them back their more badass comic book roots.

The hiring of Liebesman supports this notion a bit.  He's very much an action director, but nothing in his filmography suggests a buoyant sense of humor, at least onscreen.  He's very much associated with visceral action.  Then again, the screenplay is by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, the duo behind Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which was self-aware and fun.  The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is produced by Platinum Dunes' Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller.

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