Screenwriters Hired for New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie
08.20.10 by BJSprecher
After Nickelodeon plunked down $60 million for the worldwide intellectual property rights and merchandising rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), the "Heroes in a Half-Shell" languished for eight months until Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners were brought in to help produce a live-action TMNT movie for Nickelodeon's sister company, Paramount. When the deal with Bay and Platinum Dunes was announced, it was said that the first step of the process would be to begin the search for a writer. Apparently, that search is now at an end, as Deadline recently reported that Paramount has hired the writing team of Art Marcum and Matt Holloway to pen the rebooted franchise screenplay.
Marcum and Holloway seem to be ideal candidates to reboot the TMNT movie franchise as they have previous experience with adapting comic book characters for the big screen—the duo teamed up to pen the screenplays for both Iron Man and Punisher: War Zone. The decision to hire the pair may also have to do with the fact that two writers can work faster than one and Deadline claims that Paramount is "fast-tracking" TMNT in order to get "a first draft by October so the studio can take it out to directors right away for a 2012 release." Nickelodeon is apparently looking to start getting a return on its sizable investment, and it considers TMNT "it's next huge franchise, like Transformers."