Michael Bay Confirms Live-Action TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Movie Will Be Called “NINJA TURTLES” and More

     March 27, 2012


Last week, producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman had to wade through the overblown reaction to making the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the upcoming live-action movie originate from an “alien race” even though that’s where the infamous ooze comes from in the original comics.  Then a new spat came about from the rumor that the live-action film would simply be called “Ninja Turtles“.  On his official website, Bay has confirmed the new title, and Paramount dropped the “teenage” and the “mutant” for simplicity (read: marketing).  He also added that “The characters you all remember are exactly the same, and yes they still act like teenagers.”

I don’t mind the title change.  However, it does seem like they’re moving away from making the characters teenagers.  It looks like the Turtles will be adults who “act like teenagers.”  You know, like the adults who are losing their shit over a title change.  Hit the jump for Bay’s full quote.  Ninja Turtles is set to open on December 25, 2013.

Via Bay’s official site:

Paramount marketing changed the name. They made the title simple. The characters you all remember are exactly the same, and yes they still act like teenagers. Everything you remember, why you liked the characters, is in the movie. This script is being developed by two very smart writers, with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles. They care VERY MUCH about making this film for the fans. Everyone on this team cares about the fans. Just give them a chance. Jonathan the director, is a major fan of the whole franchise. HE’S NOT GOING TO LET YOU DOWN.



  • Jarod

    This movie just keeps getting worse every time they release more updates.

  • steel s

    BAY you sucks……..

  • maximus

    Michael Bay, known for his rape of beloved characters, has continue his strong series of horrible rape by raping our childhood favorites: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As the turtles cried in pain for mercy, Bay laughed and ate the heart of a Golden Retriever puppy.

  • dexter

    Is NOTHING sacred anymore?

  • henrieta


    your all pathetic

    • nkutzler

      *you’re* definitely pathetic.

      • WEV


  • snapperhead

    Sounds good. Change the title, make it simple.
    It worked for John Carter, right?

  • Lyssie Carter

    Oh yeah, if a director’s a huge fan of a franchise, the movie has to be good! I mean, M Knight Shyamalan was a huge fan of Avatar and everyone knows that worked out!

  • Matt

    Let me preface my statement by saying that I seriously love this site. I’ve been coming here for years for my movie news. Now that that is said, I’m seriously considering not coming anymore because of Matt Goldberg’s stupid editorializing of every piece of movie news. Just because someone has a different view than you or gets upset over something that you don’t doesn’t give you the right to ridicule them. Lord knows you’ve certainly felt passionate about things in the past. I would just prefer movie news articles without the bile, especially bile directed at fans.

    • NittyGritty

      Matt on the comment board, well said my friend.

      Matt G., you’re just so mature man, way to insult pretty much 99% of your readership.

      Awesome site thought, I’m here everyay, now i know to look for the Matt Goldberg posts and avoid them entirely.

      And someone, please answer the age old question “Why does Michael Bay get to keep on making movies?

      • HT

        one word my friend one word: Transformers. That’s why Paramount gave the key to the franchise to Bay. Never mind that Transformers 2 and 3 were piece of donkey crap and made loads of $$ for the studio but considering that Paramount in their wisdom felt that they needed to change the title to “Ninja Turtle” so they can later face-palm when they see it did the same thing as John Carter..even then i don’t think they will learn

      • knowledge

        @HT It isn’t M. Bay’s fault that those movies made a ton of money and a great film like John Carter bombed. It’s the fault of the people that pay the ticket prices. It no one cares about plot then why have it? $1 billion domestic/international doesn’t lie. I can’t stand the stories in TF: 2 or 3, but who cares what we think when people are paying for the product. We’re the minority and thus, not the target market. For all everyone’s complaining, they all still go see the movie and support the machine that is Michael Bay. If I was making $1 billion off doing something I wouldn’t change stuff around. I can’t blame him for doing it either.

  • Armand

    Are they actually retarded? How did Michael Bay end up making films????

  • Real Matt

    Update: The title has now been changed to “Ninja Aliens”

  • sense 11

    Bay is a D!CK

  • ScaredForMovies

    Did you know that the same ooze that mutated the turtles also gave Daredevil his powers. I guess Matt Murdock’s an alien too. Luckily I’m not some dumb fan who knows nothing about turtles real origin in the comics. Are you psyched for this because A)Michael Bay has produced such gems as I am Number Four, The Unborn, Friday the 13th reboot, Nightmare on Elm Street reboot, the Hitcher reboot, The Amityville Horror reboot, or the Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot and its sequel.
    or B)Or Jonathan Liebesmen has directed such gems as Darkness Falls, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, the Killing Room, and Battle Los Angeles. Or C)All of the above? And by the way Collider, your comment system blows.

    • hockablah

      spot on.

  • Telltheking

    Hey Matt Goldberg I don’t appreciate the condescension from someone who essentially harvests the enthusiasm for child-like interests for a living. If people want to flip their shit over a name change so be it.

    • Justin

      I loved it. Great line. That shit IS sad.

  • Doug

    Since the “alien” comment, the subsequent news has actually made me feel better about this movie. I don’t see how this comment can be taken as a bad thing.

    That said, I still dislike Michael Bay and his movies.

  • Kraang

    Personally, as a Turtles fan.. I don’t care if they call it Alien tortoises from Uranus!
    As long as i get to see 4 Ninja Turtles on a big screen again wise cracking and kicking ass I’m in!

    Also, the Ooze was Alien anyways so no big deal, Alien Ooze mutates Turtles, so what?
    We will be getting a huge budget version like never seen before most likely with Kraang, the technodrome and bebop & rocksteady! And possibly more shredder! So why the complaining???????

    Ninja Turtles is a decent name, didn’t ya’all like it when Batman was renamed The Dark Knight?

    I don’t think you realize how epic this film could be.

    • MutatedNinja

      well said, Krang!

  • mattinacan

    i’m more worried that we have the guy who did Battle LA directing, with the AntiChrist producing

  • Chinggg

    He’s making a movie for kids, not fans lol its a shame TMNT was my all time fav as a kid

  • Brandon

    This is absolute BULLSHIT!!! JUST BULLSHIT!!!

  • Strong Enough

    a lot of homos in the comment section

  • Trent_N

    To shell with this.
    Bay can burn in shell for all I care.

  • Telltheking

    There is only one way to make a decent movie about mutated teenaged turtles who are ninjas and that movie came out in 1990. Michael Bay has neither the talent nor the desire to make a turtles film worth watching but we’ll always have the first one, so, its gonna be okay.

  • Ben Brooker

    Well done bay, you have now gone and ruined TMNT
    It is no the same unless it is ‘teenage mutant ninja turtles’

  • Aaron

    Why would anyone think that a movie with Michael Bay’s name attached to it would be any good? Being surprised that Michael Bay is ruining a film is like being surprised that Bender can’t cook (because he is a robot and can’t taste). Boycott he and mister Camrons movies and then they can’t keep ruining things.

  • Pingback: Nerd News Update for the Week of March 25 « Nerd Life()

  • Tim Green

    fuck all you dip shits talking down. you don’t know anything about it, yet have strong opinions. find something better to do than be grumpy assholes.

  • Pingback: Producer Brad Fuller Shares Detalis on TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, THE PURGE 2, FRIDAY THE 13th Sequel and More | Collider()

  • Pingback: Producer Brad Fuller Shares Detalis on TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, THE PURGE 2, FRIDAY THE 13th Sequel and More | Influence Film()