Paramount has put Michael Bay's Ninja Turtles reboot on hold, delaying the movie from its original Christmas 2013 release date to May 16, 2014. The culprit – the script.
Sources say the film was pushed back because the filmmakers and the studio didn't fell they would be ready for the planned October shoot date. The writing team will be tasked with tweaking the script and bringing the budget down slightly.
While pre-production had already begun up in Vancouver, all of those people have been "temporarily laid off."
This is the third film in as many weeks that Paramount has had to push back. The dominoes began to fall when the studio pushed G.I. Joe: Retaliation to March 2013 and followed that by bumping the Brad Pitt sci-fi flick World War Z to June 2013. Both films are currently under-going re-shoots.
Ninja Turtles is still set to be directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) from a script written by original co-creator Kevin Eastman and Andre Nemec.
The film has faced public scrutiny ever since the project was announced by Bay. His announcements of origin changes to no longer making them teenage (or mutant) anymore have been fodder for fanboy forums.
Are you happy the film is being delayed?