Co-Creator Kevin Eastman Says Jonathan Liebesman’s NINJA TURTLES Reboot Is Easily the Best One Yet

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The upcoming Michael Bay-produced reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has brushed up quite a bit of passionate discussion regarding the finer points of turtle mutation, but the comic book series co-creator Kevin Eastman is put those reservations at bay (pun intended).  Though Bay’s comments about the Turtles coming from an alien race in this new iteration got many a Ninja Turtles fans’ undergarments in a twist, director Jonathan Liebesman shot back that whatever changes they were making to the source material were coming from Eastman himself:

“Whatever mythology we’re building on or expanding is coming from that guy, Kevin Eastman’s head, who created the Turtles in the first place.  And so everything will tie in with the mythology; fans will be extremely excited with what we’re coming up with.”

Now Eastman himself has spoken a bit about the property, confidently proclaiming that Ninja Turtles is the best adaptation of the comics yet, despite its glaring lack of Vanilla Ice.  Hit the jump for more from Eastman.

kevin-eastman-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-rebootThe latest word on the development of the Ninja Turtles reboot came last month, when Paramount decided to delay the project in order to address script issues.  The release was pushed back from December 2013 to May 2014, but who knows if it’ll even make that date when all is said and done.  Nevertheless, Eastman seems extremely optimistic about the film, comparing it to a couple of recent success in its fighting style and visual effects angle during an interview with MTV:

“From what I’ve seen, it’s easily the best Turtle movie yet. We’re talking Raid: Redemption-style fight scenes; we’re talking about epic Rise of the Planet of the Apes sort of effects.”

TMNT-Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-movie-live-actionEastman went on to address the changes made to his source material, saying he has no problem with people wanting to put their own stamp on the characters:

“I know that Michael and his group really like [the changes] and that Paramount was supportive of that, so I think that it’s great. I grew up reading Captain America and The Avengers and all that stuff, and over the course of the comic book history, since Avengers has been around, how many times has it been reinvented, reformatted, restructured, replatformed?”

As I said, development has been stalled for the time being, so depending on how long it takes the writers to get the script into tip-top shape, it may be a while until we see the reboot on the big screen.  For now, die-hard fans of the comic books can take or leave Eastman’s comments concerning the changes being made to the source material.  Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO!




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  • george

    No… just no. Michael Bay = fail

  • Drew

    While the current Ninja Turtles comic published by IDW is co-written by Eastman, I still don’t believe this film will be any good. As long as Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman are attached to this project I don’t believe that it could be anything but terrible.

    • EBo Rises

      Exactly, let’s not forget the creators of the Last Airbender were supposedly consulted for the movie and we all know how that turned out.

      • Ryder

        Um wow.

        “Consulted” and actually writing it are two totally different things.

  • Eric J. Baker

    First of all, Peter Laird co-created TMNT, and I realize he has no legal say at this point, but acting like Eastman is the only one with anything to say is ridiculous. Especially since Laird has already had some snarky comments about this new adaptation.

    And secondly, I don’t give a damn if Kevin Eastman thinks this adaptation will be the best yet. Lucas thinks the Special Editions are the best versions of Star Wars, and he thinks the prequels are his best movies. I don’t care at all what the creators think.

  • Sugreev2001

    Too bad the guy is just a terrible director.Atleast Michael Bay can create mindless fun on screen,this guy can’t even do that.

  • sense 11

    In Bay I DON’T Trust

    I am not giving one cent to Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles

  • MichaelAngelo

    Well i have high hopes. Check this out… concept design for the movie maybe? Hope so! …

    http://mixta110.deviantart.com/art/NINJA-TURTLE-Leonardo-sculpture-313898661

    • Waxed wookiee

      Damn! I hope so. That pic is awesome. Though its on Devientart so not sure if its from this movie or not, but if not I hope Bay is taking notes. Looks a 1000 times better than this new tmnt kids show thats coming out which looks like pokemon.

  • MichaelAngelo

    ps, the TMNT film, I liked, but the villains all sucked as did their story. But the turtles themselves were great.

  • ScaredForMovies

    Because you know he would come out and say it sucks when he has a financial personal stake in it. I’m sure manure salesmen have said the exact same thing about the shit that they sell.

  • Tim

    Those pun references are embarassing.

  • TruTurtleFan

    “From what I’ve seen, it’s easily the best Turtle movie yet. We’re talking Raid: Redemption-style fight scenes; we’re talking about epic Rise of the Planet of the Apes sort of effects.”

    I orginally was on the fence about this movie but damn that sounds awesome. Hurry up and take my money!

    • Waxed wookiee

      Agreed!
      To be honest I don’t care if this film is by Uwe Boll and starring Mike Myers as all 4 turtles and each with scottish accents, I just wanna see a big budget live action Ninja Turtles film again.

      • Ben

        “I don’t care if this film is by Uwe Boll and starring Mike Myers as all 4 turtles and each with scottish accents”

        Now THAT…would be frickin’ AMAZING! LMAO

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  • cypher7373

    I think the OOZE, will come from outer space and not the actual turtles.

  • cypher7373

    I think the OOZE, will come from outer space and not the actual turtles.

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