If you didn’t like Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, just know that it could’ve been a lot worse. An early draft of the script turned the Turtles into aliens from another dimension and Shredder was turned into Colonel Schroeder, a secret alien who can grow blades. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which gets totally tubular with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is heading into production with director David Green (Earth to Echo), with Michael Bay once again producing. The sequel is bringing along a few familiar faces, as well as new ones, like classic villains Bebop and Rocksteady, and while it will be some time before we get a peek at those guys, Bay has dropped the first photos from the set of the upcoming sequel, featuring some vibrant new vehicles.
Last month, we reported on Paramount’s plans to continue their Transformers franchise, following Michael Bay’s decision to exit the director’s chair to focus on non-robot projects (we’ll see). According to reports, the studio plans on not only releasing another sequel, but expanding the universe with spinoffs, hiring Akiva Goldsman to oversee a creative team of writers. Hasbro has now confirmed those plans, along with the intention to release a new Transformers movie in 2017.
Since Michael Bay decided to make Transformers: Age of Extinction his last directorial outing with the franchise, it’s been unclear just where the series is heading. We’d heard talk of Mark Wahlberg returning to continue the storyline that began with last summer’s film, but little else since then. Taking a cue from Disney’s Star Wars plans (along with every other major studio’s “expanded universe” attempts), Paramount has hired Akiva Goldsman to create a “writers room” and brainstorm new sequel and spinoff ideas.
Last night marked the 35th annual Razzie Awards, a kind of counter-programming to tonight’s Oscars, honoring the absolute worst movies and stars in 2014. To be fair, the annual list of Razzie nominees indicates that the people behind these awards aren’t watching enough movies — there are plenty of movies from last year that were worse than Transformers: Age of Extinction, for instance. Kirk Cameron topped this year’s list of “winners,” with Cameron Diaz and Annie not far behind.
Michael Bay’s ‘13 Hours’ is shaping up to be something we’re legitimately interested in seeing (as if we’d ever skip a new Bay movie). After casting John Krasinski a few weeks back, the upcoming action flick has just recruited ‘Orange is the New Black’ star Pablo Schreiber (aka Pornstache) to join Bay’s latest.
Woe be unto humanity if teenagers discover time travel. That’s the main takeaway from the entertaining new found-footage thriller ‘Project Almanac,’ in which a quintet of adolescents find a time machine, and do exactly what a bunch of adolescents would do if they found a time machine: Party, prank, and screw around with no thought to the consequences of their actions. These kids know and cite ‘Looper’ and ‘The Terminator,’ but the movie they should have paid attention to was ‘The Butterfly Effect,’ because they seem caught off-guard when their innocent misadventures in the timestream begin to ripple out in dangerous ways.
In the found footage time travel film ‘Project Almanac’ (formerly titled ‘Welcome to Yesterday’), director Dean Israelite includes footage of a plane crash, which you’ll also spot in the trailer. As it turns out, that plane crash footage isn’t the result of special effects, but real footage from a real plane crash in 1994. Maybe you didn’t notice this footage in the trailer, but the families of two of the victims involved in that crash definitely did, and they were not too pleased.
Not long ago, it was reported that Michael Bay’s next directorial effort would be something a little more serious, and something which will probably feature fewer robots: ‘13 Hours,’ a Benghazi-based action drama. The first actor to sign up for what’s been affectionately called “Bayghazi” is John Krasinski, the former star of NBC’s ‘The Office.’ Presumably he’ll do more than shrug at Michael Bay’s camera.
After getting bumped around the release schedule for the better part of a year, the found-footage time travel thriller ‘Project Almanac’ (which used to be known as ‘Welcome to Yesterday’) is finally arriving in theaters this January. And to prove it, the studio has released a new trailer, which makes this look like ‘The Sound of Thunder’ for millennials.