The Return Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Heroes on the Half Shell

In recent months we’ve heard reports of remake films being planned for the big screen that run the gamut from the very cool (ie. Thundercats) to the very lame (ie. Smurfs) and today we learn that another remake is being planned to try and cash in on our childhood memories. Apparently, plans are in the works to bring back the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in live-action form (which, some of you may recall, already happened in the early 90′s with the films Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze) and here is the reported first look at the turtle characters may look like:

Looks like the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is going in the rebooted Batman Begins direction. Because these rumored prototype turtle-heads really do look like the end result of rolling a turtle around in a can of ooze. Not that that’s a bad thing! Latino Review has the exclusive first look at a possible mask for the new live action TMNT movie. Last we heard, the new movie, from Legendary Pictures, is set to come out in 2011, and promises to be very similar to the original comic book exploits of the TMNT. We really hope this is the real thing, because it’s about time since we had some good old fashioned monster make-up that didn’t disappoint. The tip came from an anonymous source, so your guess is as good as mine. But that being said it still looks bad-ass. Head to Latino Review for more details.

My gut tells me that we don’t need another TMNT movie. But, I am impressed with how “real” this new version of how the turtles may look. If a group of turtles were to go swimming in a pool of radioactive waste, I suppose it’s in the realm of possibility that they might turn out to look like this guy featured here. I’ll have to see what other deets spill from this planned remake film, but if Vanilla Ice is not on the soundtrack, I’m not gonna be interested at all. What do y’all think … does this sound like a good idea to you?

UPDATE: It turns out that this particular TMNT head is fan-made and is NOT part of the planned movie remake. Even tho this mask was not made for the film, I think it gives the powers that be in charge of the TMNT remake some good direction on where the film should go. Altho this turtle looks a bit scary, I like his grittiness. I wouldn’t be surprised if this fan-made mask ends up being superior to whatever the movie studio comes up with.

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  1. alicia

    i like that it actually looks like a turtle but in all honesty it scares the crap outta me but ya know”follow your heart” as our friend the tmnt lady taught us.

  2. nicole

    nothing will ever beat the 3 old ones.

  3. CHASE

    I think the world needs a “Rocko’s Modern Life” movie. : )

  4. Liza

    Trent. You made me LOL with the Vanilla Ice soundtrack. I think I’m right there with you. I LOVE the TMNT but I don’t know if there needs to be another movie. I already own the Great Trilogy from the 80′s-90′s

  5. Nech

    They really need to stop with the remakes. The first 3 live-action TMNT flicks were the best and could never be topped.

  6. Robin

    Something tells me I’m going to have some strange nightmares tonight. Seeing the live action films as a little girl, I thought the turtles were funny and loveable and the movies were great. I guess since they’re basing it on the original comics it’s intended to be darker, but considering all the past endeavors were targeted mostly to a younger audience, I wonder how it will do. This certainly doesn’t look like something you’d take your kid to.

  7. The live action films were all made in the 90′s, not the 80′s. I have a feeling this may be a prototype for the “younger” ninja turtle look. The baby turtles looked similar to this in the Secret of The Ooze when Splinter is telling a flashback .

  8. Tara

    A younger look Alicia? They are already teenage…haha

  9. Rob

    everyone relax…this is a fan-made mask. Here’s a link to a forum post by the guy who made it:

    http://www.theeffectslab.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=13657

  10. May

    Producers are going to make it relevant to today’s society by casting Bradley Cooper, Seth Rogen, Vince Vaughn, and Zac Efron right?

  11. jerry

    i can’t imagine michalangelos voice coming out of that head… And if they change michaelangelo’s voice i will be angry. so, so angry.

  12. Anita

    Trent- you a mess for posting that vid. But I LOVE it :) Definitely did some of those “suave” dance moves in my room.

  13. Bean

    GO NINJA GO NINJA GO!

  14. Foxx

    Everyone who seen the older ones knows that head could never replace them, mikey’s voice was a great choice for the film back then and who could replace Corey Feldman ans donnie’s voice?

    But i thought they could change leo’s voice he sounds a bit annoying the the old movies! i recently watched them again as i have them all on dvd and watched them at the movies when they came out as a kid.

  15. OY! Not another remake?! If Hollywood is this hard up for new movie ideas they just need to call me. I’ve tons, TONS, of fresh ideas at rock bottom prices. LOL!!!!

  16. Rooster

    There were no turtle movies released in the 80′s. The first one came out in 1990. And this mask sucks.

  17. Jak

    This may be pretty good, since the turtles started out in graphic comics that are very dark and grtty. The new movie is suppose to take it back more to its roots and be an origin reboot. That head is pretty scary tho lol

  18. Amazing Larry

    Nope this for another project that is still under wraps,you’ll crap yourself when you find out what it is. Someone was goofing around with putting on the scarf to make it look like a TMNT, which it barely does. There’s a CGI forum I visited awhile back with these very same heads, but it’ll be done ala Avatar computer overlay, instead of animatronic heads as you see here.

    BTW-Batman Begins wasn’t a reboot, it was a prequel to the originals like Star Wars 1,2 & 3 only Batman Begins was done well unlike Star Wars.

  19. greezmnky

    weither its fake or not doesn’t mater. the fact that people are bitching that this may be the face of the latest tmnt undertaking is rediculous! tmnt started off as a comic/graffic novel series that this mask does a amazing job of recreating! DO YOUR RESEARCH PEOPLE! don’t just rely on what tv gives you. what the media gave to us as children was not the original teenage mutant ninja turtles!

  20. cloudypuff

    omg, the guy who did that goes to tom savini’s spfx school

  21. roberTMNT

    @Alicia: the flashback you’re talking about was not from the 2nd movie “Secret of the Ooze” it was from the first movie when Splinter is telling April about where the turtles came from… my favorite part
    Splinter: “One of them spoke”
    Turtle (i assume is michelangelo): “Pizza. Pizza”

    then later you see one of them hoppin up and down goin “radical radical radical radical”

  22. roberTMNT

    i have been a HUGE fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle since i was 2 (old enough to actually like stuff)… i have cardboard cuts outs of all 4 turtles from the first live action flick, i have original action figures still in the package, pajama pants, a snuggie, shirts, hats, towels, an old xmas stocking from 1990, all the dvds (movies and cartoon series), i have comics from 1984 i even got a tattoo… now although i wasnt too stoked with cgi movie ‘TMNT’ or the fact they’re making a second one OR the fact that Nickelodeon has bought the rights to teenage mutant ninja turtles and will be airing a new cgi series either next year or in 2012, i LOVE the fact that they’re making a new live action movie… i heard its supposed to be the 4th movie… like actually #4, not a remake where they start over like with Batman, obviously they need to make sure they get the voices right, but the thought of them going back to their roots is awesome… quick fact, did everyone know the original turtles ALL wore red? not red orange, blue and purple… i wonder if they’ll do that as opposed to different colors

  23. Shawn

    I doubt it will be that much of a reboot. They will probably make it grittier but keep the masks and some of there personality traits. They still want them to be recognizable to those who grew up with them.

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