Here’s a progress report for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. According to Variety, a writer has been hired to pen the screenplay. John Fusco has been brought on to guide Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Master Splinter into the 21st century. Fusco was hired by Mirage Studio producers, Scott Mednick and Galen Walker. The writer is no stranger to martial arts or martial arts centered films.

Read more about his credentials after the jump.

John Fusco has been studying Shaolin kung fu since he was 12 years old. His real life connection to martial arts may have been the catalyst that helped him pen such films as The Forbidden Kingdom and the remake of Seven Samurai for the Weinstein Company. He’s also had a hand in the screenplay’s for Hidalgo and Young Guns. Fusco recently opened up about his new gig within the Ninja Turtle universe and stated, “It is always exciting when you can come aboard a project that bridges the worlds of what you do with what you love.”

A director has not been found to helm the film as of yet, but they’ve still got time. Moves have been made in the right direction to bring the Ninja Turtles back to the big screen. They have a writer, they’ve begun a search for martial artists to star as members of The Foot Clan, and they’re holding a panel at this year’s San Dan Diego Comic-Con. Their panel will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Ninja Turtles which will include a screening of the original film, and discussions with it’s creators and producers.

What do you think about John Fusco handling the script for the Ninja Turtles reboot?