By Ed Sum
It’s too bad that Michael Bay’s version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cannot be shelved. Instead, this movie is being pitted into a month where it has very little competition to worry about. This film is being shoved back to play in theaters August 12th, so there’s space between this film and Transformers 4, reported Deadline.
That works when the release date for the next film in the Transformers saga is set for June 27, 2014.
But there might be another reason: To find a slot where the turtles will not have to fight against other box office contenders for dollars is tough. Christmas week has The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and 47 Ronin to show movie-goers what Ben Stiller and Keanu Reeves have been up to lately, May 2014 will have the Amazing Spider-Man 2 going head-to-head with Godzilla, and the month of June will have Edge of Tomorrow (Tom Cruise) and How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Those are very tough odds the Turtles have to deal with.
But for fans with that morbid curiosity to see what Bay has done to fandom’s most beloved franchises of Transformers and TMNT, it will get shown. The only shame is that these films cannot head direct to video instead. His movies hardly merit the big screen treatment these days.