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Comic-Con 2009: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Panel Impressions

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and while at the panel yesterday, producers Scott Mednick and Galen Walker were on hand to answer some questions about the upcoming live-action TMNT currently being scripted by John Fusco. Here are some highlights from the panel [All impressions courtesy sourced site(s)]:

  • The film is currently scheduled for release sometime in 2011: “I love the Turtles. They have a special quality, the key is that we want to make the greatest Turtle movie ever,” Walker said. [First Showing]
  • Mednick on harkening back to the past: “The interesting thing about TMNT was the combination of action and humor, and Steve Barron (director from the first Turtles movie) added one thing, heart. We want and need to go back to that. Let’s make sure we don’t dishonor what has been before, and let’s create something new.” [First Showing]
  • The film will also take on a darker approach, but that wouldn’t be a departure from the source material, says Walker: “Our point of view is this: go back and look at the original Turtles comics. They are very dark. The audience is much more sophisticated than they were in 1990. This is 2009. Take the new Harry Potter for example. It is rated PG and it’s still a very dark film. We are headed that direction.” [First Showing]

Head on over to First Showing to read their complete account of the panel.