John Fusco Adapting “Ninja Turtles”

John Fusco (“Hidalgo,” “The Forbidden Kingdom”) is set to pen the live-action reboot of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise for Lightbox Productions reports Variety.

The sewer-dwelling characters, who love eating pizza when not fighting villains, are heading into production for the new film which will hit in 2011. Fusco will incorporate elements of the “Turtles” comics, created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman in 1983, for the new adventure which is being planned as an origins story.

No director or studio are yet attached to the project. Scott Mednick and Galen Walker are producing through Mirage Studios.