The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.
The Shredder's alias in this film is Eric Sachs. This is an Anglicized alias derived from the Shredder's original name of Oroku Saki.
The Shredder in this film is based on his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) incarnation, where he is an alien being inside a human android suit. His spiked armour and his helmet (with a alien face painted on it) point to his alien heritage.
Kevin Eastman: creator of "Ninja Turtles", a doctor.
Taran Killam: a fan of the Ninja Turtles who successfully lobbied for a role in the film.
Brett Ratner was in talks to direct the film.
On the Japanese mural in Eric Sachs's office, an Utrom can be seen waving a sword. This pays homage to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), where the Utrom Krang had arrived in feudal Japan.
The original script had the mutant thugs Bebop and Rocksteady. But they were written out, with the intent of appearing in a sequel.
Ernie Reyes Jr., who starred in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) (and acted as a stunt double for Donatello in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)), pitched a stunt video to Michael Bay so that he could be martial arts consultant on this film.
April regularly wears a yellow jacket. This pays homage to her appearance in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), where she prominently had on a yellow jumpsuit.
Master Splinter is played by 4-foot actor Danny Woodburn. This is in regards to the original Mirage "TMNT" comics, where Splinter was smaller in stature compared to his Turtle stepsons.
The undercover code name for the filming of the movie was "Foursquare". This name was told to anyone who asked what was being filmed to keep the secret.
Producer Michael Bay stated that the Turtles in this film would be presented as having an extraterrestrial origin. This statement caused a great furor and was met with harsh criticism from much of the fanbase. However, the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" co-creator Kevin Eastman has expressed their support in the alien concept, saying he believes the concept to be "awesome!" and pointed out that the ooze that created the Turtles was in fact an alien substance.
This is the first TMNT live-action film to feature the Shredder's adopted daughter Karai.
Casting for Foot Clan roles were held when the Ninja Turtles 25th Anniversary Shell-Ebration stopped at Los Angeles. The people being cast were ordinary people on the street.
Both James Saito (the first cinematic Shredder) and William Fichtner (this film's Shredder) appeared in Michael Bay's film Pearl Harbor (2001).
The filmmakers cite the martial arts films Fist of Legend (1994) and The Raid: Redemption (2011) as an influence on the action.
From the cast of the 1990s Turtles films, Robbie Rist (the voice of Michelangelo) accused Michael Bay of "sodomizing" the Turtle saga with an alien origin. However, Rist's co-stars Brian Tochi (the voice of Leonardo), Corey Feldman (the voice of Donatello) and Judith Hoag (April O'Neill) placed their support on this direction. Rist later took back his statement, remarking that he could have been out of line since Bay makes more money than he does.
Jane Levy, Anna Kendrick, and Elizabeth Olsen tested for the part of April O'Neill.
Producer Michael Bay's directorial venture Armageddon (1998), featured a brief appearance by Judith Hoag (April O'Neill in the first feature film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)). Bay's successive film Pearl Harbor (2001) featured James Saito (the Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)) and Mako (Splinter in TMNT (2007)).
This is the second TMNT live-action film that does not feature Casey Jones. The first one was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
The film was originally to be called just "Ninja Turtles", but the "Teenage Mutant" part was put in to please the fans when they expressed negative feedback about it.
The film is set to release on the 30th anniversary of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" saga.
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