May 28, 2017

“Iron Man” scribes get crack at “Mutant Ninja Turtles”

By Sean O’Connell How does a studio go about making a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie audiences actually want to see?

Hire two scribes who contributed to Jon Favreau’s beloved “Iron Man,” for starters.

Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who penned both “Man” and the criminally underrated “Punisher: War Zone,” have been tapped by Paramount to work up a “Ninja Turtles” treatment, according to Heat Vision.

If the studio likes what they come up with, the project could be fast-tracked into production next year.

The “Turtles” have had multiple opportunities to connect to a big-screen audience, from a 1990s adventure to a 2007 remake. For whatever reason, the concept doesn’t translate from the pages of the TMNT comic books to the multiplex (though the animated “Ninja Turtles” was always fun to watch).

Stay tuned for news on a director, casting, and more.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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