Peter Laird on TMNT reboot

Damn you Christopher Nolan! With the success of Batman Begins as a "reboot" of the franchise, more and more filmmakers and creators are seeking to reboot their franchises. Unfortunately, not all of said reboots are as good as Nolan's, but one that we're hoping is at least as good (no offense, but it probably won't be better) is the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles reset. Peter Laird has made some comments to MTV Splash Page that seeks to allay some of said fears about quality of the reboot. As we all know, the film will be live-action. Well, live-actionesque. Laird says that nowadays it would be impossible to make animtronics/puppetry actually look good, so he's envisioning some blend between CGI and live-action. “The basic idea, as I understand it, is to do an all live action shoot, with actors and stuntmen in full Turtle suits,” explained Peter Laird, co-creator of the original comic series. “To add expressiveness to the Turtles’ faces which would be difficult if not impossible to get with animatronics and/or puppetry, there would be ‘face replacement,’ with CGI Turtle faces superimposed on the live action performers’ heads.” We kind of saw this in reverse a bit in Beowulf and it looked kind of unnatural (which, in all fairness, it was). It kind of makes sense for a movie like this because this type of story screams CGI, but we've already seen the CGI version of the Turtles. Motion-capture with CGI faces? Little leary of that, but after seeing what was done in the Lord of the Rings trilogy I'm expecting something along those lines. Now, since this is a reboot it will most likely be an origins story. And with anything involving the origin of the Turtles, the talk of Shredder comes up. Laird mentioned that Shredder would be a necessity for an origins story, as well as including both April O’Neil and vigilante Casey Jones. The story may revolve around a slightly lesser known villain in Baxter Stockman. “Simply telling the story of what happened in the first issue of the ‘TMNT’ comic book would be a pretty short movie, so I suspect other things from the Turtles’ history in the comics might be brought into it,” continued Laird. “I would not be unhappy to somehow see the tale of Baxter Stockman and the robotic ‘mousers’ folded into this movie, as well as some elements possibly setting up the TCRI connection for a possible sixth (or seventh) movie. But I think I’m getting a little ahead of myself there.” All positive news, and I'm glad to see that at least right now Laird et al. gets it. Stay tuned for details. Peter Laird on TMNT reboot