Ninja Turtles reboot script leaks online
An early draft script for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie reboot leaks, and Peter Laird has had one or two things to say about it…
We’ve had an instance or two in recent times of a script leaking online and a movie being pulled apart as a consequence, before a frame of footage has even been shot. We've opted not to report those, as - even though the subsequent script reports have raised worrying issues - it seems harsh to write a film off before they've unloaded the cameras from the truck.
This particular script story is a little bit different, though.
In the original plan, Paramount’s $100m cinematic reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is going by the name of Ninja Turtles, was set to be released in December 2013. Since then, it’s been pushed back to the summer of 2014, with the reason for the delay reportedly the quality of the screenplay at that point.
Now, the fansite TMNT, Not TANT, has got its paws on an early draft of the script, and inevitably, the response to it has not been pleasant. In the leaked draft, the Turtles were reportedly aliens, having been sent to Earth by a race who picked Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello to send. Furthermore, Shredder has become Colonel Shrader, and the main focus of the screenplay was apparently April O’Neill and Casey Jones, now a pair of dating late teenagers.
That screenplay was binned, it’s important to note, and it’s not necessarily reflective of the project in its current form. But it does give an indication of where things were heading at one point.
Furthermore, Turtles co-writer Peter Laird added his voice on the screenplay, having taken a look at the draft himself since it appeared online.
In his words, “If it is, in fact, the actual draft that was rejected and caused the production of the next TMNT movie to be pushed back to 2014 because the script was unsatisfactory, then I think all true TMNT fans should be grateful to the new ‘powers that be’ that they did not allow this wretched thing to go any further”, adding “It reminds me of one of the reasons I am glad to not own the property anymore... because I don't have to tear what little hair I have left out while trying to fix junk like this”.
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