|Live Action "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Movie in the Works||04-23-2009 (17:30:32)|
Mirage Group, which owns the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" property,
is moving forward with a live-action film focusing on the origins of
the iconic crime fighters. Project, targeted for release in 2011, would
mark the fifth big screen outing for the sewer-dwelling heroes
Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael as well as their master
News coincides with the Turtles' 25th anniversary celebration, which kicks off Thursday in New York as the first "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film unspools at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Legendary Pictures former chief marketing officer Scott Mednick is producing the new pic alongside Galen Walker, who produced the 2007 computer-animated "TMNT" pic, the most recent installment in the franchise. Mednick added that the pic may employ face replacement technology, which would allow the turtles to be much more expressive.
The characters first appeared in a May 1984 comic book before spawning a lucrative line of toys, cartoons and three films released in the early 1990s. In 2003, the Turtles were reintroduced to a new generation via a TV series, the "TMNT" film and a revamped merchandising program.