Tur­tles tick in Fuller house

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - Ju­lian Wright

HOL­LY­WOOD pro­ducer Brad Fuller has gone from ter­ri­fy­ing au­di­ences with hor­ror clas­sic re­makes to thrilling an­kle biters with the Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles (TMNT) re­boots.

Since in­ad­ver­tently set­ting the hor­ror re­make trend in 2003 with The Texas Chain­saw Mas­sacre, he has had a hand in res­ur­rect­ing many 1980s hor­ror icons for a new gen­er­a­tion through­out the 2000s.

In 2014 he turned his cre­ative at­ten­tion to the he­roes in a half-shell so he had some­thing more age-ap­pro­pri­ate to show his chil­dren.

“My kids hate my hor­ror movies but they love su­per­hero movies; they asked if I could do a kids movie,” Fuller said.

The green sewer-dwelling su­per­heroes were the per­fect so­lu­tion, hav­ing en­joyed con­tin­ued pop­u­lar­ity since the late 1980s.

TMNT: Out of the Shad­ows is in cin­e­mas on June 9 and Fuller still can’t put his fin­ger on the rea­son be­hind the tur­tles’ suc­cess.

“I’m not sure, but I have two the­o­ries,” he said. “Most of us come from a fam­ily and we like to see dy­namic, funny and nutty fam­i­lies on screen that we can re­late to and I think we can all re­late to at least one of the tur­tles.”

All the fa­mil­iar faces re­turn in the se­quel, with re­porter April O’Neil, bumbling cam­era­man Ver­non, the four tur­tles, their wise rat leader Splin­ter and arch-neme­sis Shred­der, but fans are sure to get a kick out of seeing slimy Krang, ab­sent from live ac­tion films up un­til now, and his Techn­odrome.

“When we made the first one we didn’t know if we would make a se­quel,” Fuller said.

“Bee-Bop, Rock­steady and Casey Jones were part of the first one in in­car­na­tions, but we felt our hands were full with just the de­sign of the tur­tles and what they looked like and we didn’t have the op­por­tu­nity to go any broader with other char­ac­ters and sto­ry­lines.”

Any­one look­ing for a hint of what to ex­pect in any po­ten­tial part three needs to be pa­tient.

“We fin­ished this one a week ago, and it has been all-en­com­pass­ing,” Fuller said.

“If au­di­ences want an­other one af­ter this, I would be de­lighted.”

De­spite a block­buster re­lease and a whirl­wind pro­mo­tional trip, the pro­ducer has two more films open­ing be­fore Oc­to­ber.

“I hope to have a Fri­day the 13th se­quel up and run­ning in the fall and we have two hor­ror se­quels com­ing out soon, The Purge: Elec­tion Year and Ouija 2.”

Brad Fuller at the TMNT: Out of the Shad­ows pre­miere in Syd­ney.

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