Yesterday, some people found a new reason to dislike Michael Bay when he revealed that the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be “from an alien race.” Even though I liked TMNT as a kid, I wasn’t outraged as much as I was confused. If they’re aliens, then where does the “mutant” part come in? (Matt Patches pointed out on Twitter that aliens could have been the ones to do the mutating as opposed to the ooze from the TV series and 90s movies) I was also confused by Bay’s comment that because of the change from mutants to aliens, “kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie.” I didn’t see the value in making kids believe the turtles are non-fictional characters.
But other fans were greatly upset over the change, and to those fans, Bay has a message: “Chill.” Hit the jump for more. The live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will be directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) and written by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). The movie is slated to open on December 25, 2013.
Here’s what Bay had to say to fans via his official website:
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 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.
I’m pretty sure “more complex back story” and “richer world” don’t mean anything to anyone who’s already upset over this. And perhaps nothing could calm their anger other than “I’m sorry I didn’t stick to canon with regards to giant reptiles who know martial arts; of course they’re mutated from ooze.” Personally, I just hope Bay’s “richer world” includes wacky stuff like the Technodrome and Krang.