There has been so much controversy surrounding the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot being headed by Michael Bay. We've been following it very closely, from when it came out they were aliens, to when one of the co-creators seemed ambivalent, and the other co-creator was excited. Now we are getting another report from the front lines.
The film will carry the short and sweet title of NINJA TURTLES. Bay has already come out and explained why, and you can check out his reasoning after the break.
"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."
I have to admit, I'm not really against the title. It kind of makes sense, everyone calls them the NINJA TURTLES anyway. I almost see it like titling a Batman movie THE DARK KNIGHT. But still, it just seems that they are taking the film in a very different direction. They're aliens, so why not drop the mutant? Bay says they act like teenagers, so they might not actually be teenagers. Only time will tell.
You know what, the film could come out and be really great. In fact, there's probably a really great chance. Just all of these changes seem to be more driven toward making the movie a bigger production, and less about diving into who these characters are. But it is Michael Bay, insecurity often follows his movies until they actually come out. Aside from REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, have they ever really been that bad?
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