Paramount has been feeling a considerable amount of pressure lately. The studio had to reschedule G.I. Joe: Retaliation weeks before its release to March 2013 because they wanted to “add 3D effects” to the film. Then came word that World War Z was to undergo 6 to 7 weeks worth of reshoots, and that Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof was brought in to work on the third act of the film.
And if that wasn’t enough for Paramount, there is now word that production has been halted on Michael Bay‘s Ninja Turtles film and that it’s being delayed until May 2014.
The cause of this delay? Reported, it’s the film’s script. According to The Hollywood Reporter, filming hasn’t even begun, but it is being put on an indefinite hiatus. Paramount hasn’t given an official reason as to how long the production halt will last, but everything seems to indicate that problems with the script is the reason for the delay.
Bay’s films have been heavily criticized for lacking basic storytelling and character development, so to hear that the script for one of his films is being rewritten is a good thing. I can’t even begin to imagine the quality of the script before it was returned for rewrites. Considering filming hasn’t even begun, this is a very good thing.
Jonathan Liebesman will direct the new Ninja Turtles film using a script written by original co-creator Kevin Eastman and Andre Nemec.