On Monday, we reported on a story noting that Michael Bay and bottom of the barrel production company Platinum Dunes (behind such wonderful remakes as A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) were rebooting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise in 2013. We also noted that Bay announced the Turtles wouldn’t be Turtles as much as they’d be, well aliens. The internet freaked, fans balked, and so Michael Bay responded.
Following an almost immediate backlash against the news that “when you see this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable,” fans immediately took to the internet to express their revulsion at Bay’s rejiggering of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ origin. And Bay, with all of the subtlety, dignity, and aplomb that he lends his nuanced films, responded.
“Fans need to take a breath, and chill,” Bay wrote in a statement to fans. “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 by richer world, he means a film about Teenage Mutant Ninja Aliens Who Strongly Resemble Turtles That Walk On Two Legs. And hey, it can’t be any dumber than a series of films about trucks from space that punch each other a lot, can it?
What do you think of the TMNT news?