Things are not going well for Paramount right now. They shockingly booted G.I. Joe: Retaliation from a scheduled release this summer all the way back until March of 2014, Brad Pitt’s World War Z has to undergo massive reshoots and a last minute rewrite from Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof, and now The Hollywood Reporter says the studio is temporarily shutting down their controversial Ninja Turtles reboot. Read the details below.
The problem for this one is twofold: the script isn’t as good as they want it to be, and the budget is too high. It’s currently in the $135-$140 million range, and the studio (along with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, the production company) is hoping to knock it down closer to $125 million before it gets underway. Originally set for a Christmas 2013 release, the project has been pushed back 10 weeks, and with that, the release date has been delayed to May 16th, 2014.
This is another in a long line of issues for this movie, which drew the ire of hardcore fans when it was announced that this version would not be the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but that they would no longer be teenagers or mutants, and instead an alien race of ninjas. For a recap of Turtle-gate, click here. Jonathan Liebesman is directing. What do you think of this news, Turtle-fans? Would you rather them take the time to improve the script, or are you disappointed with the delay?