9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
What? This entry is more morbid curiosity than anything. Growing up, I was a huge fan of the Ninja Turtles. Despite the bad mojo surrounding the picture, I am quite excited to see a new film in the franchise. In “Ninja Turtles” New York City is in deep trouble. Shredder and his Evil Foot clan are terrorizing the city with their deep stranglehold over all authorities from the police to politicians. Intrepid reporter, April O’Neil, seeks to expose their wicked ways, but she’ll need a lot of help. Enter four outcast brothers that rise from the sewers to be an unlikely foe for Shredder, and to discover their destiny as protectors of the city.
Who? Despite what many may think, Michael Bay is not directing this film, but he is producer so his fingerprints will be all over the film. Jonathan Liebesman (“Battle: LA”, “Wrath of the Titans”) is actually helming the project. As far as the cast is concerned, there were some casting changes during post-production of the film. While Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and William Fichtner will be playing the humans, the turtles will be played by relative unknowns: Alan Ritchson (“Catching Fire”), Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher all provide motion capture and their voices to the turtles. Pete Ploszek did motion capture work for the fourth turtle, Leonardo, but Johnny Knoxville was cast to provide his voice. Tony Shalhoub was cast to do voice work for Master Splinter, whereas Danny Woodburn did the motion capture.
When and Where? “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” will rise from the sewers into theaters nationwide on August 8th.