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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will get a reboot in 2014.  For the first time, we are getting a peek at our heroes in a half-shell.

The new-look turtles are impressive.  At the same time, I’m not sure I would expect less from producer Michael Bay.  The special effects seem solid.  Take a look:

There is always a few fun things to point out when you get your first look at a new movie.  April O’Neil will be played by Megan Fox, which may be a stroke of casting genius only rivaled by Angelina Jolie assuming the role of Tomb Raider.  Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Olsen and Jane Levy were all considered for the role before the final casting call went to Fox.  She seems to fit the role well and, as we catch briefly in the preview, it appears that a yellow coat will pay homage to the original look of the turtles’ best friend.

The movie itself promises to be filled with a healthy dose of nods to the past while still re-imagining the origin story of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Included in these will be Splinter taking on a much smaller form than in previous big-screen incarnations, similar to his appearance in the original comics.

Of course, some things will change and most notable is the origins of the turtles themselves.  Bay will bring the idea that the turtles are more alien than they are mutant.  The idea has been supported by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman.  Speaking of Eastman, pay close attention for his cameo in the film as a yet-to-be-named doctor.

Fans of fellow vigilante Casey Jones will be disappointed to find out that this adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will not feature the hockey mask wearing brute.  It will mark only the second live-action version of the fight against the Foot Clan to not include the turtle sympathizer, along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze in 1991.

Fox’s star power alone will create a box office draw.  Pair that with the awesome special effects under the direction of Bay and audiences may flock to the theaters just before school starts back up.  The film is due to release on August 8.

What are your thoughts on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?  Will you be in line to see Megan Fox and the pizza-loving amphibians?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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