TMNT's The Last Ronin Opts For Game Adaptation Over Movie
Despite the anticipation from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' fan base for The Last Ronin's big-screen adaptation, Kevin Eastman, the franchise co-creator, revealed that a video game adaptation was a more fitting choice. As per ComicBook, Eastman discussed that a feature-length film of the beloved TMNT tale was considered but later abandoned by the creative team in favor of a different direction.
Why a Video Game Over a Movie?
Eastman explained that Nickelodeon, a long-term partner of the franchise, was hesitant to take The Last Ronin concept into the mainstream as a full-fledged live-action movie, competing with the upcoming Mutant Mayhem. However, the network desired to create something with The Last Ronin that would satisfy the existing fans and also attract new ones to the franchise.
"They collectively came up with the idea of a video game because we could go all the way there. They could basically take it all the way into all things Ronin-verse. They've taken all the different drawings and moments... the stuff we've seen so far is goosebump city," Eastman said. "It's really phenomenal. They took stuff right out of the pages of the comic book."
A Glimpse Into The Last Ronin Video Game
While information on the upcoming Last Ronin video game is still limited, Paramount confirmed that the game would take a cue from God of War's style, being an action RPG, and would embrace the darker tone of the original material. The storyline, set in the future, chronicles the journey of Michelangelo, the only surviving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, as he embarks on a quest alone without his brothers. The game aims to follow the comic's plotline, ensuring a largely single-player experience.
The Last Ronin's Popularity and Impact
The Last Ronin has quickly become one of the most popular TMNT stories to date, leading to a sequel, The Lost Years. The sequel follows Michelangelo in the years leading up to his final quest for justice, detailing his worldwide journey to aid those in need. This darker and more mature TMNT storyline has been well-received by fans, and its adaptation into a video game is eagerly anticipated. The decision to adapt the story into a video game format rather than a film allows for a deeper and more immersive exploration of the Ronin-verse, promising a unique experience for players and fans alike.