There has been rampant speculation online about the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot ever since it was officially announced that Michael Bay was on board as the film’s producer with Jonathan Liebesman (“Battle Los Angeles”, “Wrath of the Titans”) set to direct.
There was an outcry from fans this spring when it was revealed that the classic “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” would now be known as the abbreviated: “Ninja Turtles”. When it was reported that the toxic-waste creations would instead appear as an alien species in the new version of the tale, those loyal to the source material became incensed, wondering what other changes would be made.
To which Bay responded:
"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."
In a follow-up interview with Coming Soon, Liebesman added:
“I heard about it,” the director said of the vehement fan response. “And I'm glad there's such a passionate fanbase--I think that was good news for everyone--but literally, I've just been locked in a room with Kevin Eastman. I think what we're developing, the fans will love. I'm a fan, and I love what we're doing. It's a lot of stuff Kevin's been thinking about for a long time and just hasn't done. Anything we expand will tie right into the mythology, so I think fans will go apesh*t when they see it."
Bay faced further scrutiny last week when a leaked script was treated to a scathing review.
The producer once again made a public statement in defense of the project, saying:
"The leaked script for Ninja Turtles that different sites continue to comment on was written well before I, or anyone at Platinum Dunes, was involved with the project. That script saw the shredder a long time ago. This is tired, old news -- Wait for the movie!"
To clear up any confusion about the date on said script, 1/30/12, two years after Platinum Dunes’ initial involvement, Bay said:
"To end this stupid merry go round and explain the math...Yes we signed on two years ago to Turtles, but with no deal in place. Deal completed towards end of last year. And yes, that’s how long deals sometimes take. So no work was done on the script. Blame Paramount, not us, for the first draft."
We will keep you updated as details emerge.
Source: Coming Soon
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