The 25th Anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kicked off in a big way this morning, with plans for a new live-action movie announced just before New York City's "heroes in a half-shell" turned the lights green at the Empire State Building.
Yes, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael will indeed be making another trip to the big screen in 2011. The film, which looks to be a live-action and CGI hybrid, will be produced by Scott Mednick ("300," "Superman Returns"), Galen Walker (producer of 2007's CGI film "TMNT"), TMNT co-creator Peter Laird and Mirage Studios president Gary Richardson, among others.
I dropped by this morning's "green-lighting" event at the Empire State Building, which was attended by a number of TMNT notables, including 1990's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" director Steve Barron, and managed to get a few more details about the upcoming movie and anniversary events, as well as some photos of the Turtles and their party van parked outside.
Along with turning the Empire State Building's lights green for the next 24 hours or so, Laird and Kevin Eastman's famous creations will also be hosting an outdoor screening of the original live-action "Ninja Turtles" movie in Tribeca Park later tonight. A cross-country tour in the Turtles' "party van" will then commence, with the four characters making appearances at baseball games and other events as they head westward.
Fans can get an updated schedule of events at the TMNT 25th Anniversary website.
(On a side note, the TMNT van was parked directly in front of popular New York City comic shop Jim Hanley's Universe -- a fact that, according to the event's organizers, was actually just a pleasant coincidence.)
As for the recently confirmed "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film, details were scarce but the TMNT notables in attendance all seemed to agree that a blend of live-action and computer-generated effects were likely -- confirming much of what Laird told MTV News back in September 2008. The writer and director for the film, as well as whether the film will be a sequel to previous live-action installments or reboot the franchise entirely, are still unknown.
Keep it locked to Splash Page for more TMNT news as it develops.
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