CG Ninja Turtles Pic Gets Director

You can’t keep a good turtle down, especially it’s been genetically mutated and trained in the martial arts. In addition to the Saturday Morning cartoon revival of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the 20-year-old property will find new life as a computer-animated feature with animator/comic book artist Kevin Munroe on board to write and direct for Imagi Services.

Munroe has been involved with the writing and design of projects for Disney, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, WWE, Fox Kids, The Jim Henson Co., Kids’ WB! Dark Horse Ent., IDW Publishing and Nickelodeon. He also created, wrote, produced, designed and directed the CG Christmas special Donner for ABC, and co-wrote the Imagi feature Cat Tale.

Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman created Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with a 40-page, black-and-white comic book published in 1984. Three feature films and an animated series soon followed. The toxically transformed terapins made their triumphant television return in February of 2003 on Fox’s 4Kids TV (formerly Fox Box) in the U.S. Heading into its fourth season, the series also airs weekdays on Cartoon Network’s new afternoon action/adventure block, Miguzi.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature will be produced by Imagi Services president/CEO Tom Gray, who guided the live-action film trilogy through production, and Galen Walker of Imagi. Laird will serve as an exec producer, along with Francis Kao, Gary Richardson and Frederick Fierst. A spring 2007 U.S. release is being eyed.