Heroes in a half shell … and an iPad.
Paramount has made $191 million worldwide thus far on its “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” reboot, but the booming box office returns didn’t stop the studio from making the film available for one of the franchise’s biggest fans when he couldn’t get to the theater.
On Wednesday, Reddit user harpster064 posted a story about the good deed the Viacom-owned company did for his cousin, who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy and is bedbound, reliant on a ventilator and feeding tube. Because his cousin is such a big Ninja Turtles fan — with the bedroom decorations to prove it — harpster064 reached out to Reddit moderators to see if it would be appropriate to ask the community whether it could help him arrange a home screening.
As luck would have it, one moderator knew someone who worked on the film, and arrangements were made with Paramount to send an HDMI cable and an iPad loaded with the film to the disabled fan’s home.
Harpster064, who posted photos of the iPad and his happy cousin, told TheWrap just how happy the experience has made his family.
“I just want to thank everyone for all their support! So many people have reached out to my cousin, including the director of TMNT, Jonathan Liebesman,” he said. “This has truly been an amazing experience for him, and has made him so happy.”