A week after telling TMNT fans to "chill out", Michael Bay has once again gone on the offensive in response to backlash. The first trip down the public relations road for Bay was in regards to reports coming out that the comic crime-fighters would no longer be "mutants" and would instead be aliens.
When fans took issue to that change, Bay responded with:
"When you see this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable. 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."
So why is Bay once again talking to the fans? Because the studio has shortened the title of the film to just Ninja Turtles. The new title prompted fans to begin wondering if the turtles would no longer even be teenagers.
Here's what the producer had to say at his official website:
"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.
Ninja Turtles will arrive in theaters on December 25, 2013.