No, that's not a misprint: It appears that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, those heroes on a half-shell of yesteryear, are coming to a theater near you next year. According to a tweet from Production Weekly, production on the latest reboot of the pizza-loving duuuuuuudes' saga will begin sooner than you may expect: "Principle photography on 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' is scheduled to begin this April in New York."
Now, that tidbit alone might not be so shocking, if it weren't for the fact that we haven't heard any news about this live action/CGI reboot since last August, when some version of the script leaked — with abysmal reviews. Franchise fans were already pissed off thanks to rumors that the new installment would recast the turtles as aliens, rather than mutants. (We're still not sure how that works, given the name and all.) But when the script slipped through the cracks, things really got ugly. Penned by André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, it was categorized as "terrible," and described as playing like a retooled version of producer Michael Bay's own "Transformers." (FYI: That is not a good comparison.)
But seriously, how bad can it really be? Just ask Peter Laird, the original co-creator of the artistically named, Kung Fu fighting reptiles: "I just finished reading [the script]," he told MovieWeb. "It reminds me of one of the reasons I am glad not to 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."
Well, there's no word yet on whether the script got a facelift, but — if it really is going to start production this spring — we should at least hear about casting soon. For what it's worth, the flick is being directed by Jonathan Liebesman (of "Wrath of the Titans" and "Battle: Los Angeles" fame), and is slated for release May 16, 2014. So, you know, go mark your calendars or something.