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.