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Bay Responds to TURTLE Fans Again

Michael Bay responds to latest Ninja Turtle Backlash.

By Jarrod Sarafin     March 27, 2012
Source: Michael Bay

Director/Executive Producer Michael Bay on the set of TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
© DW Studios L.L.C. and Paramount Pictures Corporation

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.


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aegrant 3/27/2012 9:04:51 AM

Damn, you people are serious about your TMNT!

Wiseguy 3/27/2012 9:12:04 AM

I buy it. I think he spoke in broad terms before and everybody got their ire up. He's not writing and he's not directing so all the Bay haters should relax a little.

I for one will be looking forward to this as  TMNT filmfan, never read the books or watched much of the toons. I'm sure it'll turn out great

violator14 3/27/2012 9:22:22 AM

Like i said im ok with them changing only the very very beginning origins of the Turtles ie. being delivered into the sewers as eggs or something, as long as they still grow up the same way and with the same everything else. Not that big a deal to me.. Im just very anxious to see how realistic they're gonna look like, and how the action pans out. If it's anything close to what's in my head, ill be stoked..

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 3/27/2012 9:42:59 AM

To keep it simple? And it was compicated how? Oh - because of the dumbing down of America.

ultrazilla2000 3/27/2012 9:50:47 AM

I'm irritated, but will give it a shot.  And just like with Transformers, nobody can directly blame Bay, when the people in charge of the "property" are agreeing with all the changes.  If they didn't WANT it to happen, then they wouldn't be letting it.

monkeyfoot 3/27/2012 9:54:34 AM

Violator, haven't you noticed the odd dreams you've been having? They've been abducting you most every night to suck the creative juices out of you. When it hits the screen the movie will be exactly what you've always imagined. Unfortunately, for you will have been reduced to a vegetable by then.

violator14 3/27/2012 10:00:13 AM

Hey i'll let them "suck the juices out of me" anyday.....u know that....  >=P

hanso 3/27/2012 10:14:52 AM

 screw all this, just give us the iceman. u knowhe aint playing, devastate the show while the turtles are saying..........go ninja go ninja go!

millean 3/27/2012 10:36:56 AM

Seems to me that Michael Bay could reduce a lot of stress in his life if he just knew how to interact with people better, knowhutimean?

kentmid 3/27/2012 10:52:30 AM

Respecting source material has always been the single most common denominator in comic based movies.  It's rule one.  Bay has no respect whatsoever for anything kids grew up with; he wants money money money cute girls and explosions (who can blame him) and any Turtle fan should run for the hills before "shelling" out the kinds of money it takes to see Bay's 3-D nightmares.

Two words:  Superman Returns.

Maybe Bay'll introduce the illegitimate mutant turtle child....

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