I don't know about you, but I was a massive fan of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was a kid. Hell, I still am. And thus I'm always on the lookout for news regarding a new TMNT movie or TV show that piques my interest. And low and behold, that's just what we have for you guys today. Yes, at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman talked about not only the upcoming 35th anniversary of the comic but also the future of the franchise.
Specifically, Kevin Eastman talked a bit about how there might be plans for the foursome to return to their darker comic book origins, for a mature live-action series, saying this.
"Its really been so fascinating as we watch so many things on the entertainment side of our industry change so much in particular, you know, and I think of, how I enjoyed Daredevil, the Netflix TV series with Charlie Cox and because Daredevil was a huge influence obviously on the Turtles universe, and for me that was my favorite comic growing up. I feel like The Turtles have evolved to this point after 35 years almost, and this sounds weird, but its almost to where they started out where we had the original black and white comic book come out intended for our older audience, and then we developed a cartoon show specifically for a younger audience, and now I feel like we've gone back to that place where we have the original fans that are like 30 years old."
Eastman continued to say having an adult-themed TMNT show on a streaming platform like Netflix is something he's eager to explore, saying:
"...I feel like that's the direction I think we can go and there'll be enough of an audience to support both. Because we do see a lot of that fans asking when can we get that edgy, you know, Netflix Daredevilish sort of intensity of the Turtles - at the same time, you can balance that with such a wonderful cartoon series like, Rise of the Turtles, the new series, back to that spot where we're sacred to a much younger audience. So I think that's hopefully in the future I'd love to see that, really."
The first time the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles burst onto the big screen was back in 1990 with the first live-action movie. Steve Barron directed that film from a screenplay written by Todd W. Langen and Bobby Herbeck based on a story by Herbeck based on the comics created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Simon Fields produced the 1990 movie along with David Chan and Kim Dawson. It featured music by John Du Prez, cinematography by John Fenner, and editing by William D. Gordean, Sally Menke, and James R. Symons. Golden Harvest, Limelight Entertainment, 888 Productions, Mirage Enterprises, and Northshore Investments were the production companies behind the original movie. It was distributed by New Line Cinema into a theater near you back on March 30, 1990. The $13.5 million film snagged a total of $202 million at the box-office. This update comes to us from Comicbook.com.