Last week we reported on the developing controversy surrounding the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action reboot film and Michael Bay’s (Transformers) 2012 comments that the TMNT plot would be changed, ditching ‘Mutants’ for ‘Aliens’. Unsurprisingly, the fan response to this disaster of an idea was overwhelmingly negative, causing Bay to lash out at fans, stating:
“Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script.”
Bay is now backtracking on his comments, confirming earlier reports that the mutant aspect is back for the film, and ideas to explain the Ninja Turtles as aliens are gone for good:
“There was that quote saying that we’re making [the Ninja Turtles as]aliens. We’re not. It’s the ooze! It’s from the original source material. These are from the original writers, and I never went out to correct myself in the press. I do listen to the fans and I do want this to be authentic. I think they’re going to be really happy with this movie. When I see the digital stuff, the turtles look great.”
It’s refreshing to see Bay and the film’s writers heading back to the TMNT roots, perhaps admitting that their original idea really was terrible, but his comments are still troubling. Why didn’t he come out to correct himself sooner? Additionally, why did he do the exact opposite and attack fans, defending his original “alien” idea? Most importantly, does everything in a Bay film have to lead back to aliens?!
Michael Bay is only a producer on the TMNT reboot, which has director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Battle Los Angeles) at its helm. Screenwriter Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) joined the team to re-write the script following its leak on the internet, prompting massive backlash by fans upset by the reportedly-terrible screenplay. The original screenplay was written by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) left off with the film’s first screenplay.
The film will star Alan Ritchson (Blue Mountain State) as Raphael, Noel Fisher (Breaking Dawn Part 2, Shameless) as Michelangelo, Jeremy Howard (Accepted) as Donatello, and Pete Ploszek (Shameless, Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo. Additionally, Megan Fox (of Transformers infamy) is set to play April O’Neil.
We’re not sure where this film is headed just yet, but the return of the “Mutants” makes us a bit less leery. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is set to hit theaters on June 6th, 2014.