In 1984 Mirage Studios created a comic book centered around four turtle assassins. Created as a funny sketch between friends and artist Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. To create this comic the duo paid for it with the last two thousand dollars they had. A sketch of a turtle holding ninja weapons turned into the beloved franchise we all know today. The story centered around Oroku Saki and Hamato Yoshi and the the woman they both loved Tang Shen. We all know Saki Became The Shredder and Hamato Yoshi’s pet rat became the father of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And that’s is how the story all began. The story spawned two film reboots. One from 1990-2007 and 2014-2016.
With the success of the comic an animated series of the same name was created in 1987. It was an amazing take on the original story and kids all over the world loved it. The only logical move was to make a live action movie. So in 1990 a film which was made directly from the comic was started. The original suits were made by the Jim Henson creature shop. All was not well tho as many major companies turned them down because they believed that it would be a box office disaster.
The movie found a home with a small production company at the time New Line Cinema. They took a chance on the movie and it just took off and although it didn’t do well with the critics it did become the number 1 movie and grossed 200 million which made it the 9th grossing movie in 1990. The movie was fun and very true to the comics one could say it was an amazing comic book movie. Although it got a bad review by critics the fans spoke and wanted more.
A sequel was bound to happen as a result of the success in the box office of the first film. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II was made and 2 years later Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was released. both did well in the box office but still continued the trend of not being liked by the critics.
In 2007 an animated film was released which continued the story from the three previous live action movies. Although many fan enjoyed the film again it failed to deliver critically which led to a 7 year hiatus from the big screen.
Then in 2014 another Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Film was released. It was Produced by Paramount and Director Michael Bay produced it. It seem like a sure thing since the success with the Transformers franchise but it was met with alot of angry fans when they initially wanted to call it “Ninja Turtles” and have their origins change to Aliens. Another problem fans had was that the role of Shredder was initially going to be played by a white man William Fichtner. All of these problems was fixed in post production and you could tell by how bad the continuity was.
Then in 2016 Out of the Shadows a sequel to the film was released. While it didn’t do well at the box office it did please alot of fans. This film hit alot of marks that fans were wanting for a long time. Like bringing Beebop and Rocksteady to the big screen. And even paying homage to the original films with cameos and easter eggs. But unfortunately due to the box office numbers and critics scores we will not see another sequel to this franchise. At the time the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Films was dead. Until now……..
It has just been announced that the same production team that brought you the last two films will be rebooting the franchise. The studio enlisted Andrew Dodge (Bad Words) to write the script. Producers are Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes will take the helm on the film.
Since the film is pretty much in the same hand it is hard to say what the outcome of this reboot is. It seems Paramount is rebooting alot of the properties they have first Transformers now this film. it would be interesting to see what they have up their sleeves.
As a fan of the franchise i honestly don’t think they can mess this up again. With the success of the Nickelodeon tv show and the most recent comics there are plenty of stories to pull from it is just up to the production team to make a movie that will do well in the box office and be true to the fans of the franchise.
Do you want another reboot? Would you have liked to see a third film to the most recent movies?