I know we're supposed to hate all remakes of cherished animated TV shows, and usually I would be right on board on that. But, I can't help it, I remain intrigued by TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. It looks a little ridiculous, in a Michael Bay (who produced the film) kind of way, but also maintains some of the humor and self-awareness of the original 80s-90s series about four crime-stopping, pizza-loving reptiles. (How can you not love it based on that description alone?)
However, there is the matter of Megan Fox, Bay's Transformers muse, with whom I have yet to be impressed. She plays April, the turtles' human sidekick/local reporter. Also, Whoopi Goldberg makes an appearance in the newest trailer, along with Will Arnett (as April's cameraman), hamming it up as usual. William Fichtner, who we can always count on to portray a convincing villain, plays Shredder.
The awesome foursome are played by Johnny Knoxville (Jackass), Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, and Noel (Shameless). And Tony Shalhoub lends his voice to Splinter.
While director Jonathan Liebesman may be a deterrence for some (after all, he did helm Battle: Los Angeles AND The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), but he's teamed up with a pretty legit writing trio--Josh Applebaum, André Nemec (both mostly known for their Alias episodes, among other TV scripts) and Evan Daugherty (Divergent, Snow White and the Huntsman). Okay, Daugherty may not have the best credits, but two out of three ain't bad.
The title pretty much says it all, but in case you're unfamiliar with the TMNT concept, check out the synopsis below: