Platinum Dunes’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set to feature a very non-traditional origin for its reptilian heroes. In fact, producer Michael Bay hints that the turtles may not be mutants at all, which has sparked much “fan hate”.
Word arrives via Stuff We Like and a video of Bay speaking at last week’s Nickelodeon Upfront in New York where he states:
since this statement was made (and probably taken out of context in my opinion), Bay has realized to counter statements to respond to the fans who have become upset at Bay for “ruining their childhood”
“Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.”
and his 2nd statement which is most recent.
“Paramount marketing changed the name. They made the title simple. The characters you all remember are exactly the same, and yes they still act like teenagers. Everything you remember, why you liked the characters, is in the movie. This script is being developed by two very smart writers, with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles. They care VERY MUCH about making this film for the fans. Everyone on this team cares about the fans. Just give them a chance. Jonathan the director, is a major fan of the whole franchise. HE’S NOT GOING TO LET YOU DOWN.
To be directed by Jonathan Liebesman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will feature a script from Josh Appelbaum, Andrew Nemec, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and John Fusco.
The franchise, which began as a black and white comic book series in 1984, rose to tremendous popularity when it became an animated series in 1987. Following the first live-action film in 1990, the series spawned two live-action sequels, a live-action television series, a second animated series and a CGI feature film.
Just announced for a Christmas Day, 2013 release.
Do I feel like its needed to be called TMNT? (Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles for you muggles) No. To be honest I’d rather them make a movie thats good and has the same elements that made many fall in love with mutated, teenaged turtles in the first place.
As long as they aren’t anti hero then I’m ok with it. many bash Bay for the Transformers run he has, I don’t think any of them are right to do so. All three, in my opinion, were great movies and I can’t wait for the forth one. Hopefully the director does take into account what the fans are asking for when it comes to TMNT and gives them something to be like “OMG THAT WAS INCREDIBLE!” Cause in all honesty, 1987 was 25 years ago, so really its time to pass the torch to the new kids coming up.
THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!
– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW