Pre-Production On Ninja Turtles Movie Shut Down – UPDATED

Remember how Kevin Eastman was saying he’s been kept up to date on plans and prep for the Ninja Turtle feature that Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman are planning and how it was all looking groovy, that we had nothing to worry about?

It seems Paramount Pictures strongly disagree.

Reports collated by THR reveal that work on the film has been halted and the development crew sent home while the screenplay gets fixed up. No, this doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t be aliens anymore, though I suppose it might. Now’s the time to start a Twitter hashtag if you feel really strongly about it.

But, yes, that’s right: Paramount are pushing back the release date and letting go of staff because they think the script isn’t up to snuff.

Which suggests, of course, all of the absolute dreck that does get produced, dreadful screenplays and all, meets studio standards. Either that or, for some reason, Paramount have higher standards for a Ninja Turtle film than is usual.

The film was set for release in December 2013, you can now “look forward to seeing it” in May 2014. Having said that, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of it hitting the trashcan altogether before long.

UPDATE: No surprises that Deadline‘s take on the shut down identifies Paramount’s problems as financial. The purposes of the rewrites, it seems, are to make the film less of a budget blow-out.

So scratch that fairy tale I was telling you about quality. Seems that they don’t care how crappy is is, as long as it’s cheap too.

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