Rejected Pitch Art For Michael Bay's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Conceptual illustrator Anthony Francisco ("Guardians of the Galaxy") has uploaded pitch artwork that was created for Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but was ultimately rejected.

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By nailbiter111 - 8/23/2014
Anthony Francisco is a super-talented conceptual illustrator, who has recently worked on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and Paramount's G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Back in 2011, Anthony was informed by Martin Astles, the Head Sculptor at Illusion Industries, that Michael Bay was making a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. The special effects makeup studio that Martin worked for wanted to work on the project. So, Anthony lent his artistic talent to help design some pitch art for Illusion Industries. How close did they come? Well, Anthony says, "We did get a chance to meet with the producers and the meeting went well but we did not get the gig."

As you can see below, these designs are quite a departure from the traditional look of the Turtles that fans have grown fond of. Anthony gave them smaller shells so that their ninja-like moves would be more fluent. Though, they could've been even smaller as he wanted to make them "like little backpacks." Though, I'm sure most of you won't care too much about the shells when you see the Turtles packing heat. Yes, Anthony decided to give them guns instead of their usual weapons.
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES directed by Jonathan Liebesman ("Wrath of the Titans"), and produced by Michael Bay ("The Rock"). The script was written by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, based on characters created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The cast includes: Megan Fox as April O'Neil, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Danny Woodburn as Splinter, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Will Arnett as Vernon and William Fichtner as Shredder. It lands in theaters August 8, 2014.
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AlexanderLykins - 8/23/2014, 1:34 PM
ALegendaryPanda - 8/23/2014, 1:36 PM
That....
ALegendaryPanda - 8/23/2014, 1:37 PM
Looks....
ALegendaryPanda - 8/23/2014, 1:37 PM
Terrible.
Rashad77 - 8/23/2014, 1:37 PM
why was that even considered
ManofSteel23 - 8/23/2014, 1:37 PM
I have two turtles, and throughout the film I was thinking, if my turtles mutated to be 6 foot, they would not have finger nails, 3 fingers, 3 toes, teeth and lips lol this is probably what they would look like :')
Him - 8/23/2014, 1:38 PM
Ugly
HeeroG - 8/23/2014, 1:39 PM
Probably from the time the script still had the alien origin...
nailbiter111 - 8/23/2014, 1:40 PM
Guys, try to be somewhat nice. Anthony is a super nice guy and a friend to the site. Try to be respectful.
SmellofDuty - 8/23/2014, 1:40 PM
I was honestly expecting something this horrendous before we got the first look.
SmellofDuty - 8/23/2014, 1:42 PM
Ok, a more respectful version: I'm not a fan, Mr. Francisco.
Greengo - 8/23/2014, 1:43 PM
Well my first reaction is like "wtf"
Then I'm like "interesting concept"

Glad it wasn't used. Now I appreciate how they wound up looking a lot more now.
AlexanderLykins - 8/23/2014, 1:45 PM
The CGI would have been poor either way.
Greengo - 8/23/2014, 1:47 PM
He heard it was boom boom bay and gave them guns lol
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 8/23/2014, 1:49 PM
It's almost like they released this to make us like the real design better. But we all know the real design sucks too.
Rashad77 - 8/23/2014, 1:51 PM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939
the real design doesn't suck that bad
Deschain99 - 8/23/2014, 1:52 PM
What in the sh*t?
beane2099 - 8/23/2014, 1:53 PM
That would be an awesome alien but I wouldn't want to see that in a TMNT movie - at least not if it was one of the turtles. However, I feel like this is more like what a mutated turtle would look like in real life - assuming such a thing were even possible.
Rashad77 - 8/23/2014, 1:55 PM
shits look like ass chile
Highflyer - 8/23/2014, 1:56 PM
Guessing when they were planning for the turtles to be aliens.
wbrowning79 - 8/23/2014, 1:56 PM
I'm sorry but are those...
Guns???
GuardianAngel - 8/23/2014, 1:58 PM
Honestly, this does look like a "realistic" approach. Of course "realistic" in the sense that they're giant mutated turtles.
dio - 8/23/2014, 2:02 PM
@Nail I wonder if this was during the stage when they were supposed to be aliens? Cool alienesque designs.
AlternateNo4 - 8/23/2014, 2:05 PM
@nailbiter asked us to be nice but i can beat that... these are AMAZING... and i give no [frick]s about childhood-raping or source material slavery or whatever. aliens? i don't know but the designs they USED look more like aliens than this...at least this actually looks like a TURTLE. no stupid pearly whites or fingernails. i'm not a huge fan of the spiky shell but it would be a small price to pay if we'd gotten actual turtley turtles.

i have no problem with the original '80s designs, but if they were trying to update them or make them more realistic, they shouldn't have halfassed it like they did. they should've gone full turtle. props to mr. francisco.

speaking of Francisco, Alien Nation was on TV last night. forgot how cool it was.
Chekkarma - 8/23/2014, 2:07 PM
Looks like the Volm from Falling Skies

AlternateNo4 - 8/23/2014, 2:07 PM
actually the first picture it looks like he DOES have teeth... too bad but i still like the design.
CinemaHero - 8/23/2014, 2:07 PM
WHAT...WHAT ARE THOSE THINGS?!? WHAT AM I LOOKING AT?!?


CinemaHero - 8/23/2014, 2:10 PM
@nailbiter111

Actually, to be totally fair, as concepts they are cool. :P

But they do look too...alien.

And turtle fans WORLDWIDE would have FLIPPED THEIR #$@^$!!

I'm not blaming the artist, he did good work. This is what he was hired to do.
Havensent - 8/23/2014, 2:15 PM
Yuck.
TheDarkKnightSlap - 8/23/2014, 2:19 PM
Don't post shit if you don't want our honesty. Shit.
ScottMontgomery - 8/23/2014, 2:24 PM
It makes the designs in the movie look good...!
Wildaniel - 8/23/2014, 2:26 PM
Funny
Wildaniel - 8/23/2014, 2:27 PM
Guns? LOL.
FightAs0ne - 8/23/2014, 2:28 PM
Concepts are cool if they were aliens or TMNLizards. Or gun wielding monsters.
AlphaAndDecima - 8/23/2014, 2:31 PM
Teenage Mutant Military Turtles?

Why draw them up with guns?
SpiderBat209 - 8/23/2014, 2:33 PM
The F*CK is this Sh*t? :(

Alien - 8/23/2014, 2:36 PM
Reminds me of this.
IAmNotGroot - 8/23/2014, 2:40 PM
So...they were definitely going to aliens....with guns......No.
ShelfPorn - 8/23/2014, 2:42 PM
...Not sure if this looks better than the crap designs they went with or not... 0-:-/
DefcoN - 8/23/2014, 2:44 PM
They do look like turtles, but I can see why they didn't go with these designs.
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