A new live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie focusing on the turtle’s origins is under development from The Mirage Group and is set for a 2011 release.

Now sit back for this one, kids. We are at the cusp of the 25th anniversary of the heroes in a half shell.

Producers Scott Mednick (“300”, “Superman Returns”, “Where the Wild Things Are”) and Galen Walker (who produced the computer-animated “TMNT” film) have tapped to create the new film.

Peter Laird, Gary Richardson, Frederick Fierst, Eric Crown and Napoleon Smith III will serve as executive producers of the film, which is based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Laird and Kevin Eastman.

“The original dozen comics created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman are some of the best source material one could hope for,” said Mednick. “We’re excited to bring this story to a whole new generation of moviegoers as well as the legions of fans that have made the Turtles — Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael as well as Splinter, April O’Neil, Casey Jones and, of course, the great villain Shredder — a part of their world for 25 years.”

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first arrived in comic book form in 1984. The animated TV series followed, and the hugely successful original live action movies came next. In 2003 a new television series arrived followed by a computer-animated film.

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