At what point do you gracefully walk away from a franchise? Is it even possible anymore?
I hate the current creative climate in Hollywood. Even though I saw a sequel tonight that is as good or better than any original film I've seen this year, I know that's the exception and not the rule. For the most part, we are trapped in a staggering rut that I can barely bring myself to write about again. I'm tired of beating this particular drum, and yet the news each day almost feels like a dare. "Can you write this story up without yelling about the death of mainstream Hollywood one more time?"
Nickelodeon purchased the rights to the entire Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles license last year. They own it all now, and it really shouldn't be a surprise that they're planning a new attempt at turning the characters into a viable bigscreen film franchise. What is surprising is that Paramount and Nickelodeon have chosen Platinum Dunes as the producers of the new film.
These guys have built a reputation for themselves with their horror movie remakes, and while some of their recently-announced development deals suggest some sort of shift away from that particular model, it's still a pretty major jump to suddenly hand them a huge kid's film property, especially one that's as well-known as this. Considering how miserable fans typically are after their favorite horror title gets the Platinum Dunes treatment, it seems dangerous for Nickelodeon to hand over this property to this particular production team. I don't think there are many reboots left in the material, so whatever they do this time, they need to get it right.