Live-Action TMNT Still In Play?

A few weeks ago, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” co-creator Kevin Eastman revealed on his blog that talks were underway for a new live-action film based on his characters.

Soon after “TMNT” scribe Steve Murphy labeled the story as “complete nonsense” and Eastman apologised for sharing information about the project.

That seemed to be the end of it for now, but MTV News this week sat down with Peter Laird, the other creator of the “Turtles” property and their current owner, to get the full story.

Laird says that while Eastman is not involved in the process, there have been several meetings with very interested people and he thinks they are pretty close to making a deal. Laird says “I want to be the first to announce it at a time of my choosing (hopefully soon).”

Unlike the earlier films though, don’t expect rubber suits – “We have pretty much decided that the next “TMNT” movie should be what we’ve been calling a “hybrid” — that is to say, live-action humans and sets combined with very realistic CGI Turtles (and possibly some other CGI characters).”

The storyline has not been settled on yet, though his preference would be a story which fits into TMNT movie continuity. No casting decisions have yet been made but he’d like to see Chris Evans and Sarah Michelle Gellar, who voiced the Casey & April characters in “TMNT”, reprise their roles “in the flesh”.

For the full interview, click here.