Deadline reports that Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures are rebooting the live-action franchise of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Platinum Dunes to produce; a production that usually focuses on horror films — and its most notable member being Michael Bay.
The tone of the original comics for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were more serious, gritty, and violent. The humor was downplayed and more satirical. It’s safe to say that the original movie was in a similar vein. And as a child, I loved that film. The cartoons that followed were more lighthearted and relied heavily on humor. It was good, but it took the franchise in a different direction.
It’s peculiar that Platinum Dunes is selected to produce the reboot since their track record is horror films while Nickelodeon is a company that provides entertainment mainly for children. It’ll be interesting to see whether Platinum Dunes will be adding a children’s movie to their list of produced movies or if Nickelodeon will be taking a chance and bringing back the darker tone of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Or maybe they’ll surprise us and make a film that balances the two.