Following a few other big budget pics of nerdy franchises, another film has just been pushed back for a long period of time. This time, it would be Michael Bay’s hideous abomination of a TMNT adaptation (which he re-titled to just “Ninja Turtles”, the blasphemer).
Paramount says it has pushed back the film’s starting date by 10 weeks in order to cut the budget down to $125 Million (originally the film was budgeted for around $20 million more). This also means that the release date will be pushws back from Christmas 2013 to May 16, 2014.
Initially, Paramount hired the Iron Man writing team of Art Marcum and Matt Holloway for close to $1 million to revamp “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” for a fast-tracked live action feature film to be released in summer 2012. At the time, the studio was looking at this as its next huge franchise like Transformers. Then the Jonathan Liebesman-directed live action-CGI combo’s release date was pushed to Christmas 2013, and now it’s pushed again to May 16th, 2014 — presuming that the studio’s cost target is achieved.
Not much else is known about the film, but let’s all hope it continues to be delayed – indefinitely.