By Clarke Wolfe
Earlier today, after patiently waiting for what feels like an eternity since the project was announced, fans saw the first glimpse of the new live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in the form of a teaser trailer. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay, the new installment makes the case for a present day TMNT cinematic universe featuring Megan Fox as April O’Neil and William Fichtner as The Shredder. Nerdist had the opportunity to discuss the TMNT franchise with screenwriter André Nemec and he wasn’t afraid to delve into the aliens origin story controversy, putting a new spin on familiar characters and the tone of the upcoming film. In that same conversation, Nemec expressed his appreciation for Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, the thing that he likes most about the relationship between the characters, and other writing influences.
When you tell a new version of such a recognizable property, what element did Nemec and writing partner Josh Applenbaum use to stay consistent? ”You know, the canon of the Turtles always seems to be, or harkens back to, at its basic bits, a story about family and a story about friendship and a story of humor …read more