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‘TMNT: Banished’ teaser offers peek at fan’s dark reimagining


Even as Paramount Pictures begins its promotional push for the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Los Angeles filmmaker Benjamin Eck is offering a glimpse of his own reimagining of the heroes in a half shell in the teaser for TMNT: Banished.

The planned short fan film is considerably darker than what most Turtles devotees might expect, with Raphael banished by Splinter after his “uncontrollable violence” begins to pose a threat to his family. Accompanied by Casey Jones, he takes refuge in Los Angeles, “he will quickly discover that he’s not New York City’s only secret hiding on the West Coast.”

“My childhood was the Ninja Turtles and I’ve remained steadfast in my fandom,” Eck said in an email. “However, at 28 years old, my adult years have found me wanting a more serious take on the Turtles. Something that rings true to the first issue comic. So, I’ve decided to explore that in short film form. My vision is not intended to spite Michael Bay or Paramount’s depiction of the Turtles. It’s not about practical versus digital, it’s not about redesigning them from the ground up, it’s simply about achieving a darker vision of the Turtles. A vision that I feel no studio would ever want to touch. One where their highly dangerous weapons are showcased doing the damage they’re so capable of. The Turtles were trained assassins and that’s how I intend to portray them.”

He hopes that the teaser below will generate enough interest to justify a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the full fan film.



He should probably go rent the 1990 Turtles Film. Raph was even wearing a trench coat in that one!

Rob Gallentine

May 7, 2014 at 1:47 pm

That is the most passive aggressive response… ‘I’m not trying to spite Bay, I just am doing all the things that are the right way, and am an actual fan who doesn’t want to ruin everything I touch’. Raph looks like a turtle, I’m more excited for this!

richard casey

May 7, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Ugh… Splinter wouldnt banish one of his sons, I dont care what proviso you add, he wouldnt just give up on Raph.

Actually Richard, didn’t Splinter kinda “banish” Leo in TMNT to South America in order to force him to become a better leader? (I still don’t get how that was supposed to work, but he did send his son away for some random reason).

How is it, all of a sudden, Michael Bay who is responsible for the Turtles being light-hearted? They’ve been light-hearted since their 90’s re-imagining (which I personally hated). The original B&W comic series and now the IDW stuff are the ONLY two iterations that have been dark and serious. The turtles were family-friendly looonnnngggg… before Michael Bay got a hold of them. Boy I tell you – some of you people will TRY and pen anything on poor Michael Bay. You people are too funny.

Richard Whereat

May 7, 2014 at 5:29 pm

He didn’t banish him to south america, he sent him to Japan for further training. From there Leo went to south america and didn’t want to come home.

@Rob Gallentine I don’t understand how this is a passive-aggressive response. Or a response in the first place.

At 28 years of age one should hope a person is mature enough to be able to recognize the fact that a concept can be treated in various ways, and be respectful of each. This is not some silly kindergarten competition of “mine is better than yours!” (Also he may probably be trying to avoid a cease and desist letter)

Just a creator seeking to instil his own vision on a popular concept.

Not everything has to turn into a silly argument.

Personally, I am not that desperate for a “dark and gritty” TMNT take in video form; I think they worked best like that initially in the comics due to the inherent pulpy nature of the medium. But on screen the more light version of the cartoons and the not-so-recent-anymore cgi movie are a great fit. SOme things just do’t need a more “serious” version.

However if someone wants to take a shot at it, it’s interesting enough to get behind.

I want it so dark that it is nothing but a black rectangle for two hours. Anything would be better than the garbage Bay, Orci and Kurtzman crank out.

werewolves of pixie

May 8, 2014 at 11:39 am

This is so cool, this is athe closest thing to the comics dark side as humanly… well turtley possable. It’s cool oh and to you thinkers if splinter would exile his own son … yes but only to teach him a lesson.

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