Ubisoft gets turtle power

French publisher lands rights to make games based on upcoming CG Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been a Konami gaming property dating back to the original cartoon's breakthrough success in the late '80s. But after Konami's lengthy monopoly on the license, another publisher is getting a chance to show what it can do with the characters. Ubisoft has picked up the rights to make games based on the Turtles' next cinematic outing.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be entirely computer-generated by Hong Kong-based Imagi Animation Studios (Zentrix, the upcoming Highlander anime). Once finished, the movie will be distributed by Warner Bros. in the US and internationally by The Weinstein Company (started by former Miramax founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein). The film will be directed by Kevin Munroe, whose previous directorial work includes a short film for ABC Family Channel and Midway's Xbox, PlayStation 2, and GameCube racing game Freaky Flyers.

While the movie will carry the same PG rating as its predecessors, the filmmakers are aiming to take a "grittier" tone more true to the comic book source material than previous Ninja Turtles movies. This might seem to preclude the return of one-time heartthrob and original The Surreal Life star Corey Feldman to the role of Donatello. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is due for a theatrical release in the spring of 2007.

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Discussion

49 comments
Kbs64
Kbs64

even after 17 years .. this comes to show you that you can't keep a good turtle down

big_pimpin_99
big_pimpin_99

Turtles on GEN was crazy, but i havent heard of this director, but im happy they are going for the gritty ooption. Hey if its got feldman it might be a stand by me turtles, where Raphael discovers himself LMAO

fenriz275
fenriz275

Wow. You guys are a lot more optimistic about this then I am. I can already hear this sucking. I really hope it's decent but I know it's going to both suck and blow. ::quietly hopes against all odds anyway::

lilweightlifter
lilweightlifter

The old turtles catoons are way better than the new ones

M-Yu
M-Yu

The newer TMNT's are awesome, It's more darker and grittier than the cartoons in the 80s

boo_dat
boo_dat

Okay seriously...if you're going to make a Ninja Turtles film then at least do everyone a favor before you make it...get some lighter fluid and a box of matches...then you might have something

hush404
hush404

Sweet Ninja Poop! Maybe we'll get a good TMNT game now! Konami has slaughtered the Turtle franchise more so then the new cartoon.

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

wow a new Ninja Turtles game! i hope its gonna be good

JussCaca
JussCaca

WOW TMNT new one i hope it good so far they been ok for me

LAcacota
LAcacota

o man im so excited, cant wait. loved the three last ones. dam i feel so wet. yea turtle power

townsenda1
townsenda1

I hope this one is better than the previous titles. The old school game titles werre great and as they went on it got worse. Let's hope for the best.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

If they can make a good TMNT game for once, maybe it will sell and refresh this dying license.

ghsacidman
ghsacidman

The movie doesn't look like that.... atleast I hope. The graphics on those screenshots is terrible. Anyway, GO UBISOFT. Finally, no more Konami. The stopped making good games years ago.

CaptainSmirk
CaptainSmirk

Please stop making crappy Prince of Persia games... thanks.

gdogg4210
gdogg4210

I have faith in Ubi, i think the game will atleast be decent

VFA-102
VFA-102

Still a big fan of the Turtles even though I'm 26 and married. I just hope the movie and the new games don't blow the big one like the last ones. Glad someone else took over at last.

dru26
dru26

If anyone can restore some credibility to the Turtles its Ubisoft.

Timstuff
Timstuff

The new show is pretty cool (well, the first two or three seasons were, at least), but the games based on it suck. They don't come close to living up to the original games. As for the movie, I wish they had made a new live-action movie with a PG-13 rating. They could have gotten Weta to do all the creature effects, costumes, and props. Could you imagine how cool it would look? Oh well, maybe in another 10 years...

Digital-Devil
Digital-Devil

Why do they have to come back an ruin TMNT (even more than the recent games) i love the old games an the movies are cheesy yet...just fun

Carbopower
Carbopower

This is a translation of Kaji_ryoji's post: (YA no se le puede sakar mas a la pobres tortugas ninjas ,dejenlas vivir su vejez en paz, ahhhh !!!! esos tiempos kuando era ni

Timstuff
Timstuff

Hopefully Ubi-Soft comes through. They did an awesome job with King Kong, and they are also sitting on the Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia engines, either of which could be applied quite nicely to the TMNT franchise. I just hope the movie turns out good. None of the people involved really have much track record to go on...

CJL13
CJL13

Weren't there 3?

offsprnvid24
offsprnvid24

The second tmnt movies was good not as good as the first on but good

benotts
benotts

UGH!! not another TMNT Movie. Wasn't the second one bad enough?

LordOfMidnight
LordOfMidnight

I just hope this version of the "heroes in a halfshell" is better than the last few.

wingchunstudent
wingchunstudent

TMNT, yet another franchise that should have died along time ago.

killa-k
killa-k

this 1 wicked series back in the day i think this should b preety good.

Optimusv2
Optimusv2

I think ubisoft will tear the roof off with this one :D

anthony_basic
anthony_basic

actually he was the voice of donatello. Google it yourself. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) (voice) .... Donatello

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I love TMNT I loved getting all the guys back in early 90'S.I still have my Leatherhead that now sells for some nice money if still in the perfect box. Now on to the real stuff I loved the games for Sega and Nintedo back then like the one when you would fight back in time or some when you would be fighting on the surfboards.THat was really SWEET.It was nice to go to arcades and play thoughs games with three other friends. New games do not give the good feel that they did back in the day. THey all feel like they where rushed onto the market and I do not like that. They do not even show them eating Pizza or say Cowabonga any more how can there do that. I hope this will be a good move for the better.I do not want to see them sink even lower.

Barkchip
Barkchip

"The Surreal Life star Corey Feldman to the role of Donatello." umm he played Raphael not Donatello lol.

Flat_Line_____
Flat_Line_____

Hey ya'll know that back in the day TMNT was the **** :) I mean at the time it came out it was really cool. The movies were at that time using the latest in prosthetic and animatronic tech out there and the arcade games got ALOT of play too back then. Now the latest games to have come out for xbox weren't that great at all but i think they tried to keep that same feel from the old arcade machines.BUT with Ubisoft doing a game on it ...(imagine Far Cry or Splinter Cell type graphics) I have some hope. Plus from the shot of the movie poster it kinda looks like they are going with how the characters looked in the original comics. If that is the case I think we can expect a lil more than the "child friendly" versions we got of TMNT back in the early 90's :D which would be MUCH cooler. GO NINJA GO NINJA GO!! LOL

natethegreat235
natethegreat235

Kaji....ingles por favor. Todos no hablan espanol...solomente hable ingles aqui.

NomadMarvel27
NomadMarvel27

Why are they making this an all CG movie? If done right, with the advancements in technology we have, it could be a CG and real-life adaptation...like those Scooby Doo movies... as for Ubisoft buying the rights, well hopefully it'll be a better game than those new cel-shaded games based on the TV series... I think the most shocking part is it said this movie will be in theatres?

tenorio_rotc
tenorio_rotc

The old games were the best, and the first two movies were great. But it looks like this is aimed more toward kids, unlike the first movie.

Viquist
Viquist

The last 3 games have sucked, the old games rocked - And by the way I just so happened to like the first 3 movies. But I'm older now so maybe this movie that's supposed to be grittier will appeal to me and the original fans of the old cartoon show as well

Kaji_ryoji
Kaji_ryoji

YA no se le puede sakar mas a la pobres tortugas ninjas ,dejenlas vivir su vejez en paz, ahhhh !!!! esos tiempos kuando era ni

THF2
THF2

I'm going to give this a big WTF...but I have faith in Ubisoft to at least deliver a good game.

DarthUltima
DarthUltima

Hope it does the classic days of the series justice.

timts
timts

I've seen two recent TMNT game. The graphic isn't bad but the action isn't that decent and the game is so repetitive.

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

I hope the movie is better than the original TMNT movie. and I hope Ubisoft delivers a quality Prince of Turtles title.

paradyme777
paradyme777

I think Ubisoft will make a killer TMNT game.

Lungz5
Lungz5

I agree that they jsut arent the same anymore; this looks awful, game could be good if those are the graphics, but if that is what the movie will look like, I'll pass.

frankeyser
frankeyser

hmm... i would like to play a good ninja turtles game again. i remember back in the day my freinds and i could not get enough of turtles in time.

Adam_B
Adam_B

Man, I used to love the Ninja Turtles. The new ones just aren't the same.