John Fusco has been hired to write the new live-action version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film scheduled for a 2011 release. Fusco wrote last year’s The Forbidden Kingdom, starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Most notably, his other writing credits include Hidalgo and Young Guns. He also wrote a redo of The Seven Samurai for the Weinstein Co.
“It is always exciting when you can come aboard a project that bridges the worlds of what you do with what you love,” Fusco said. Variety reports that casting for stunt performers commenced in Hollywood over the weekend.
Fusco will incorporate elements of the Teenage mutant Ninja Turtles comics, created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman in 1983, for the new adventure, which is being planned as an origins story. No studio or director are yet attached to the project.
The characters first appeared in a May 1984 comicbook before spawning a lucrative line of toys, cartoons and three films released in the early 1990s. In 2003, the Turtles were reintroduced to a new generation via a TV series, the “TMNT” film and a revamped merchandising program.