Michael Bay’s recent announcement of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has caused a stir amongst fans.
During the recent annual Nickelodeon upfront presentation, Bay shared details on the live action film that incorporates a new unfamiliar origin story for the heroes in a half-shell.
“These turtles are from an alien race,” said Bay, “ and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely loveable.”
In addition Michael Bay announced on his forum that Paramount marketing changed the name of the film to Ninja Turtles, as they no longer mutants nor teenagers. Bay did confirm though that the characters everyone remembers will stay the same and still will act like teenagers.
The changes to their mythology have brought a string of displeased feelings from the fans, which have led them to express their resentment.
Michael Bay is ruining my childhood one franchise at a time. In his TMNT movie the turtles will be aliens; not mutants.
— Charles J. Barry (@charlesjbarry) March 19, 2012
Criticism on blogs such as The Mary Sue went into detail that changes to the turtles beginning will take away why people adored them originally.
“Making the turtles aliens means that they will no longer have everything that made [us]become fans in the first place,” said Frevele. “Because part of that was the slime in the NYC sewer that turned normal, Earth turtles into ninjas trained by a similarly mutated sewer rat (also from Earth). Another thing: the turtles love pizza. Not because they landed on Earth and discovered it.”
The negative attention triggered Michael Bay to respond to the fans displeasure.
“Fans need to take a breath, and chill,” said Bay. “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”
In addition, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator, Kevin Eastman, showed admiration for Michael Bay’s vision.
Eastman said, “[I] had a full look behind the curtian at what writers Appelbaum and Nemec, director Liebesman, and producer Bay are doing–and trust me–it IS AWESOME. I’m officially on board, and will share more as I’m allowed.”
Whatever the case may be, only time will tell of what this new rendition of the popular 1990’s team will hold. It is currently set to be released on December 25, 2013.