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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Gets Pushed Back Two Months

It's been about 20 years since the release of the last live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie, and the bad news for fans is that it looks like we'll be waiting a little bit longer for the next one. Exhibitor Relations has revealed through their Twitter account that the upcoming reboot, which is being produced by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes label, has been pushed back from its original release date on June 2014 to August 2014.

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While obviously there isn't an official reason for the push back available, it's pretty obvious when you look at next year's release calendar. Not only was the movie set to square off head-to-head against the Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt sci-fi action film Edge of Tomorrow on its original release date, the weekend was also sandwiched between Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways To Die In The West, and Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 22 Jump Street. Now the film's direct competition will be the new Dracula movie starring Luke Evans and Dominic Cooper as well as director Lasse Hallstrom's adaptation of the best-selling culinary tale The Hundred Foot Journey (though it is coming one week after James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy and The Expendables 3).

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles), the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is going to be a retelling of the team's origin story as the titular characters are turned from normal sewer-dwelling amphibians into sewer-dwelling amphibians who fight crime and eat pizza. Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard and Pete Ploszek will be playing Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo, respectively, while Megan Fox has been cast as April O'Neil, William Fitchner will play Shredder, Will Arnet will be Vernon Fenwick and Danny Woodburn will portray Splinter. Production on the film began earlier this summer and the movie will be using motion capture to bring its anthropomorphic characters to life.

In addition to finding better competition, the release date shift may be a result of the studio needing more time to get the film made. All that said, there is a significant difference between a movie coming out in early June versus early August, as the latter isn't nearly as high-profile and, historically, not as profitable. At this point it's hard to say what the real reason is. For all we know they may have moved the schedule around because Vanilla Ice needs more time to write a new song for the film.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.