Jonathan Liebesman Up To Direct Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot

By Katey Rich 2012-02-15 07:27:45discussion comments
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Jonathan Liebesman made a pretty splashy dive into mainstream, big-budget filmmaking last year with Battle: Los Angeles, a gritty alien-invasion movie that didn't exactly blow up the box office ($211 million worldwide), but it proved Liebesman had the chops to be an action director worth watching. He'll be back again in a few weeks with Wrath of the Titans, but he's not waiting for that movie to open to figure out what his next move will be.

According to Variety, Liebesman is in negotiations with Paramount to direct a reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which they're describing as "a new reimaging" of the comics and cartoon series that were icons for certain people who grew up in the late 80s and early 90s (i.e. me, my brother, and most people our age). Platinum Dunes, the people behind awful horror reboots like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween, will be producing the film, and as we heard last year, the script is written by Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol's Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec-- so maybe those two things cancel each other out?

Wrath of the Titans is looking to be just as goofy and over the top as the first film, Clash of the Titans, but Liebesman moving on to another high-profile project seems to indicate this one might actually be fun to watch, and not a giant headache. It's been 5 years since TMNT, the last effort to revive the franchise, and it's probably time for another effort. Do you think Liebesman is the guy to do it?
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