Great Job, Internet!: Read This: An oral history of the original TMNT movie’s troubled production

In 2015, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles seems like a lazy way for a studio to inject rebaked brand awareness into an action movie to guarantee decent box office returns and jump start several years of franchise profitability. But back in 1990, imagine the reaction of studios (or anybody for that matter) being pitched on the concept. (“They’re turtles… who are ninjas… and also mutants?”) Similar to Ed Neumier’s discussion of trying to sell a script titled “RoboCop,” people just weren’t buying the idea, despite the cartoon and action figures doing a brisk business at the time.

The Hollywood Reporter has published interview excerpts with many of the people who fought to get the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles up on the big screen. And fight they did; major studios wouldn’t touch the project with a 10-foot bo-staff, and even a Hong Kong martial arts movie studio …

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