The internet was abuzz after Transformers director Michael Bay was announced to be at the helm of a live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. This buzz quickly turned to anger as Michael Bay and team announced that they were dropping the “Teenage Mutant” from the Ninja Turtles plot and replacing it with… aliens. Alien Ninja Turtles.
Bay originally said of the Turtles:
“These turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable.”
After insane and negative fan reaction, Michael Bay did the smart thing and told fans to “chill”, saying:
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 [Teenage Mutant] 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.
However, despite his comments, it would now seem that the team behind the Ninja Turtles reboot has had a change of heart. Paramount recently promoted the movie, which just started filming, at this month’s CinemaCon, and TMNT news site TMNTLair.com is reporting that the film’s logo clearly stated “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” — not “Ninja Turtles” or “Alien Ninja Turtles”, as Bay and team originally had planned.
This change of heart may come as a result of writer Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) joining the team for a script re-write, picking up where Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) left off with the film’s first screenplay.
It’s important to note that Michael Bay is not directing the Ninja Turtles reboot. Instead, Bay is functioning as a producer on the film, and Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans) will be directing the film.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or Ninja Turtles, or Alien Ninja Turtles is set to hit theaters on June 6th, 2014.