Michael Bay Confirms New TMNT Film Simply Called 'Ninja Turtles'
Last week there were some more rumblings about the forthcoming new take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from producer Michael Bay, and his Platinum Dunes production banner, and Clash of the Titans director Jonathan Liebesman. Rumors were floating around that the film was going to go only by the title Ninja Turtles, which would make practical sense since Bay's fan-crushing news about the turtles actually being aliens, or as we've heard from our source, inter-dimensional beings from a whole race of turtles. Now Bay has confirmed the title, but claims the change actually comes from Paramount's marketing department.
Fans again got bent out of shape about this news because it seemed in addition to the lack of "mutant" from the title, the missing "teenage" portion somehow implied that they wouldn't be young amphibious warriors anymore. This comes even after a more recent live-action television venture went by "Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation" in the late 90's with teenage turtles hamming it up. Anyway, Bay confirmed the news on his Shoot for the Edit site, along with more fan reassurance that they're not tearing apart the TMNT universe:
"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"
Honestly, I'm still siding with Bay on this one. Fans have really gotten a little too bent out of shape about this without reading a script to see whether or not the characters are true to the original comic books, regardless of how their existence came to be. The difference between having a mutogen in the form of ooze or having the heroes in a half-shell come from another dimension, planet, etc. is irrelevant. So much of the film's success will come from the script, the story, its tone, style, and especially a love for the characters, which Bay clearly says are still very much true to form. It's reactions like this that make it so hard for original ideas to manifest because people get scared when you change a slight detail in something they feel is somehow owed to them. Let's just let these guys work and see what they come up with on the big screen.