Saturday, May 11, 2013

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles production stills and logos revealed

The guys over at posted the logos for two highly anticipated films; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I realize I haven't posted much about either of these movies, but I have a good reason.  Because both have had so much drama behind the scenes, it felt like they were never going to happen!  So here are a few, brief, updates.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is on track.  Even though the director and cast of the first film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes will not be along for the ride.  The picture to the left is actually the first production still of the film.  The film is being directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).  It stars Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) and of course, Andy Serkis (King Kong) as Caesar the ape.  I loved the first film and look forward to this addition.

Now onto a film that holds a special place in my heart... Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!  The movie is being directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans).  The 'human' characters will be played by Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fichtner.  Fox plays the Ninja Turtles' news reporter friend, April O'Neil.  That might come as a shocker to some people, considering she had a VERY public spat with producer Michael Bay a few years ago.  Nonetheless, she's in.  And check out the first production photo of her.  Looks a lot like her cartoon character huh?  Not really, but it will work.

The Turtles will be played by real actors wearing motion capture suits; much like the filming of Green Lantern.  The honor goes to Pete Ploszek playing Leonardo.  Jeremy Howard as Donatello.  Noel Fisher as Michelangelo.  And Alan Ritchson as Raphael.  Superherohype even caught a glimpse of the actors in their suits.  Crazy huh?  And how about the first look at Shredder's Foot Clan?  Only my fellow nerds will understand the references there.

I loved the 1990's live-action films.  In fact, I just re-purchased them all on Blu-Ray no more than a month ago.  The first film was a great action-comedy film that struck a chord with fans of the characters.  I can only hope that this film will have the same wit and charm as that movie did.  But only time will tell.  Both films will be released in 2014.

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