Paramount Pictures has postponed the planned release of the upcoming Platinum Dunes reboot, Ninja Turtles. Originally set for release on Christmas Day, 2013, the project’s start has been pushed back by 10 weeks and is now targeting a May 16, 2014 release. This is the same date as Marvel Studios’ untitled film.
Michael Bay is producing with Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) directing from a screenplay by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). The turtles are expected to be motion capture CGI, much like what we saw in last year’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
The franchise, which began as a black and white comic book series in 1984, rose to tremendous popularity when it became an animated series in 1987. Following the first live-action film in 1990, the series spawned two live-action sequels, a live-action television series, a second animated series and a CGI feature film.