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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot Shut Down

NEW YORK - APRIL 23:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Leonardo during the lighting of the Empire State Building green to celebrate their 25th Anniversary on April 23, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Leonardo

After delaying the troubled productions G.I. Joe: Retaliation and World War Z, Paramount has yet again bumped another big movie: the Michael Bay–produced reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, simply renamed Ninja Turtles. Shifted now from its holiday 2013 slot to summer 2014, the studio will halt preproduction to work on the controversial script, which posited that the Ninja Turtles were now aliens, not mutants. Tangentially related: Did you know that Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre wrote the Ninja Turtles cartoon theme song? Now you do!

Photo: Amy Sussman/2009 Getty Images