Michael Bay Dumps Fox For “Turtles”

Though everyone’s still talking about Megan Fox’s departure from the “Transformers” franchise, director Michael Bay has already moved on to other matters – one of which includes resurrecting the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise.

Bay’s Platinum Dunes company has been brought on to produce the live-action film based on the origins of the iconic crime fighters which is setup at Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon reports Deadline. Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form will produce the film and will begin meetings with writers in the next few weeks.

The project was first announced a year ago by The Mirage Group whose version planned to go back to the spirit of the original comics that first spawned the characters in 1984. Nickelodeon acquired the ‘Turtles’ property in October last year in a deal reportedly worth $60 million.

The sewer-dwelling heroes Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael as well as their master Splinter have appeared in three live-action films in the early 90’s and the CG-animated feature “TMNT” in 2007.