New posters for the new movie!! Oh my god, it's even better than I was hoping for! And here's a summary of all we know so far. First poster: And here's the first interview with the director: Kevin Munroe (the film's director; an animation master and long-time fan of the franchise) was kind enough to answer a few of our burning questions regarding his movie. Mean and Green Gamerz-Edge: The Turtles have seen some drastically different artistic portrayals throughout their existence; for example, everything was quite a bit darker in the classic comic, and then more lighthearted come the cartoon television series. With this in mind, what approach do you intend to take with your portrayal of the Turtles in this film? Kevin Munroe: After story, this is one of the biggest priorities for me. This movie is really going to be a throwback to the tone of the first comics. So much so that when I first met with Peter Laird, I brought my personal TMNT issue #1 from 84 for him to sign I was a big fan before Imagi even knew who I was. I love that book and just the raw energy of it both in terms of the action but also the visual vibe. The question then becomes Hey Mr. Smarty Pants Director, how does that seed translate into a cgi feature in 2007? Well, were going after a moodier and darker grit that will give us a lot of negative/black areas on screen. The color palate is going to be rich, but we wont be throwing every color under the sun on frame at once. The animation and boarding will be heavily influenced by our collective love of comic book style. The tests weve done so far are looking amazing like a hand-painted dark graphic novel. As for the Turtles themselves, well, youll just have to stay tuned for that one. Weve been working very closely with Peter and Mirage to develop the look. But rest assured that these are not bubbly turtles in a half shell from the first TV series Gamerz-Edge: CGI is fairly new, and weve seen how far youve taken the technology with Father of the Pride. Regardless, there have been some concerns within the TMNT fanbase that it might be difficult to translate the franchise to CGI. What can you say to the fans to put their minds at ease? KM: Yeah, it seems like thats the million-dollar question these days, isnt it? I understand the concern sort of. To me, the story is still the #1 priority for this film. If we nail that the way we think we will, then the medium could really be anything we want it to be. Imagis OEM work for Dreamworks on Father of the Pride is a great show in its own right, but its not even close to the quality that the studio is pumping out for TMNT. Seeing the tests weve done so far, Id rank Imagi at the level of any major animation studio in the business and Im one of the biggest critics out there. As for the medium of CGI, here are some of what it means to me for this film as an animation guy who has seen both sides of the coin: Freedom of camera imagine following Ninja Tag along 30 rooftops at any angle. Ability to have 4 TMNT fighting 60 enemies at once, and in incredible locations, without worrying about camera set ups or stunt men (no stunt man could handle the level of fighting were going to have in this movie) Believable creatures and non-human characters that would normally stick out a lot more in a live action feature if they were cg or suits Great controllable lip sync as compared to a live action suit Although well be stylized, it means a heightened sense of the Turtles reality which is enjoyably challenging. An astounding amount of lighting and mood options I dont know what else to say except that CGI is a medium its another way of putting a good story on screen. As such, its silly to think that the medium dictates the quality of a movie. This could be a great 2D movie, flash animated movie or even live action as long as the story works. I appreciate the concern, but know that we and Mirage wouldnt venture into this as a CGI project if it couldnt be done well with a great script. Where it all began... Gamerz-Edge: Will this be an origin movie; will you redefine the franchise, or are you going to start somewhere in the middle of the timeline? None of us are interested in making another origin story. I think that ones been well established by this point, dont you? Nor are we out to redefine the franchise. I want this movie to celebrate the coolness of the Turtles the action, the humor, the characters, acknowledging the stories that have been told already, etc. Were working really closely with Mirage on the script. Its very much in the vein of the timeline of the new Superman movie i.e. were saying the events in the first movie have happened, and to a lesser extent, the second movie as well. (Insert your Vanilla Ice joke here go ahead I know you want to ) The Turtles are such rich characters to begin with, and knowing the villains and challenges theyve faced in the past just makes them even moreso in this movie. Gamerz-Edge: What voice talent do you have in mind, if any as of yet? KM: Actually, that ones a little early to tell. Id be lying if I said I didnt have a wipe board up on the wall to write down names as we think of them, but there are so many bigger issues on the table right now. However Ill leave you with this: we will cast the right voice for the right character whether that person is a known actor or not. If there has even been an animated film that didnt need stunt casting, its this one. Gamerz-Edge: Is there anything else you can tell us about the film, or anything youd like to say to Turtles fans worldwide? KM: Um we care about you. Honestly. I entered into this as a fan and will remain so throughout the movie thats where the spark of this movie will come from. Everyone who is going to work on it loves the Turtles and loves the genre. The action is going to be on 11, and hopefully wrapped around a great (and very funny) core story about this family of brothers. We want to set up a forum for feedback and communication with the fans and those following the production. I cant wait for everyone to see what were working on, so stay tuned! Gamerz-Edge would like to thank Mr. Munroe for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. Stay tuned for all the latest on the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film! http://www.gamerz-edge.com/news/articles/040705Turtles.html And the official site of everything that is TMNT: http://www.ninjaturtles.com/ Visit it, and learn everything there is about them, and especially their comic books.