Hobo with a Shotgun director Jason Eisener made a badass pitch reel for a Casey Jones movie five years ago, but Paramount didn’t want it.
Casey Jones has appeared alongside his friends the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in many adaptations of the comic-book series, but the vigilante has never received his own movie. But if Jason Eisener had his way, we’d be watching that Casey Jones movie right now.
Jason Eisener is best known as the director of Hobo with a Shotgun and the recent Kids. vs Aliens, and he took to Twitter to show off a tone reel for a potential Casey Jones movie he pitched to Paramount Pictures five years ago.
“Five years ago I pitched a Casey Jones standalone film to Paramount with Shredders daughter Karai as the heel,” Jason Eisener wrote on Twitter. “The final act saw Casey team up with Raphael who was too look like he stepped out of the 1990 film.” A tone reel typically uses footage from other films to establish tone and atmosphere, and Eisener’s pitch for the Casey Jones movie includes footage from Warrior, Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion, Maniac Cop, and more, as well as the original live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.
In response to Jason Eisener’s tweet, Joe Manganiello said, “About ten years ago, Paramount wanted to make something with me and I said I wanted to play Casey Jones… I would have done this in a heartbeat.” Eisner responded, “That would have been amazing!”
Created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, Casey Jones was a parody of vigilante characters who first appeared in Raphael: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle in 1985. He was a vigilante who wore a hockey mask and used a variety of sports equipment as weapons, including baseball bats, hockey sticks, golf clubs, and more. He has appeared in many of the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series over the decades and has been played in live-action by Elias Koteas in the first and third Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies and by Stephen Amell in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
Jason Eisener’s Kids vs. Aliens was released last month and revolves around a house slumber party that turns to terror when bloodthirsty aliens attack, forcing two warring siblings to band together to survive the night. You can check out a review from our own Tyler Nichols right here. Would you like to see a standalone Casey Jones movie?