As past comic books and cartoons get turned into serious, darker films - The Dark Knight being the obvious example - might Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles actually be next?
Co-creator Kevin Eastman recently confirmed he is in talks to develop a new live-action movie based on the characters. He posted the following at HeavyMetal.com:
Yes, it is true. Although the CGI film did well enough to warrent a sequel, there has been much talk between Imagi and Warners to do a better "re-invention" (newest Hollywood buzzword) of the TMNT's, in a live action film--like what was done with Batman. Back to basics, back to the origin and the intro of the Shredder, etc...there have been talks, trips to Northampton to talk to Mr Laird, and discussions with the original "first" TMNT film director Steve Barron to come back and do it right--but no official word yet...will keep you posted.
The CG-animated TMNT, which was released in March of 2007, earned $95 million worldwide. It was considered a huge success, considering its $34 million budget.