Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (formerly known as Ninja Turtles) is an upcoming 2014 American action film based on the franchise of the same name. A reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series, the film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman and stars Megan Fox, Pete Ploszek,Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Alan Ritchson, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Will Arnett and Whoopi Goldberg. The film was announced shortly before Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird sold the rights to the franchise to Nickelodeon in 2009. The film is to be produced by Nickelodeon Movies and Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film is scheduled to be released on August 8, 2014.
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In mid February 2013, actress Megan Fox had been reported to be cast as April, reuniting her with Michael Bay after he fired her from Transformers: Dark of the Moon at behest of Steven Spielberg for comparing Bay to Hitler, an allegation Spielberg himself denied. Bay confirmed Fox is back in good terms with him as early as April 2011 but it was said by a close source that Fox had to personally apologize again to get the role of April. Jessica Biel had expressed interest in playing the part. In regards to Fox’s casting, Laird commented that he felt there were better choices to play April, but that he would prefer not to get too worked up over the issue.
A month later, it was reported that Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard and Noel Fisher were cast as Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo respectively. In early April, Will Arnett was cast in a role that was being kept secret until leaked photos revealed that he had been cast as April’s cameraman and rival, Vernon Fenwick. Shortly after, actor Danny Woodburn joined the cast as Splinter.
In early May, William Fichtner was cast in the film as a lead with iconic stature in the Turtles’ mythology. That same month, Saturday Night Live starAbby Elliott was cast a role in the film. Whoopi Goldberg appeared on set, she revealed that she is portraying Bernadette Thompson, a female version of Burne Thompson. On June 22, 2013, Fichtner revealed to the Huffington Post that he is playing The Shredder. Fichtner revealed to screenrant that the Shredder won’t be called as Oroku Saki, but as Eric Sachs. On August 3, 2013, Kevin Eastman posted on his Facebook page that he was heading to New York to shoot a cameo in the movie. In October 2013, William Fichtner revealed that Bebop and Rocksteady won’t be appearing in the film. In November 2013, a source very close to the production revealed that Casey Jones would not be appearing in the film either. Actor/comedian Taran Killam, an avid fan of the franchise who names Raphael as his favorite, successfully lobbied for a cameo role in the film.