John Fusco has signed on to write the new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, which is targeted for a 2011 release.

According to Variety, Fusco has been practicing martial arts since he was 12, and continues to study Shaolin Kung Fu.

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"It is always exciting when you can come aboard a project that bridges the worlds of what you do with what you love," Fusco said.

Fusco will incorporate elements of the "Turtles" comics, created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman in 1983, for the new adventure, which is being planned as an origins story.

No director is yet attached to the project, and no production date has been set.