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Michael Bay Says New 'Ninja Turtles' Are No Longer an Alien Race

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April 29, 2013
Source: Moviefone

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Last year, fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were in an uproar after Michael Bay, producing the new version of the heroes in a half shell, simply called Ninja Turtles, said that the turtles would be an alien race from another dimension. His words seemed to indicate that the four mutant heroes would no longer come from the ooze that turned regular turtles into teenage, martial arts experts and crime fighters. He even told fans to chill out and confirmed the shortened title. But now Bay is backtracking a whole hell of a lot, pretending as if everyone is crazy, and says that the ooze is still the source for the turtle mutation.

Bay spoke with Moviefone and had this to say about the turtles' origin story:

There was that quote saying that we’re making [the Ninja Turtles as] aliens. We’re not. It’s the ooze! It’s from the original source material. These are from the original writers, and I never went out to correct myself in the press. I do listen to the fans and I do want this to be authentic. I think they’re going to be really happy with this movie. When I see the digital stuff, the turtles look great.

Bay can't escape his quotes from a year ago, especially since it's not as if someone made them up, but director Jonathan Liebesman did explain that the turtles do have alien roots:

Look, it’s so funny—if everyone was such a die-hard fan, they would know that the TCRI canisters where the ooze comes from. That is alien ooze. Now I’m not saying what Michael said is exactly what the movie is, because we’re sitting in a room now figuring everything out. So we don’t know, but we are like Michael said: we’re expanding it, and the expansion will be true to the mythology.

So there's a chance that this is what Bay meant when talking about the origins of Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo, but more than likely, the massive backlash just made the writers switch gears a bit and figure out a way to fit in the ooze and also the idea of other dimensions. Anyway, Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, and Pete Ploszek all star in the film which is slated for release next summer on June 6th, 2014. Stay tuned for more updates on the project coming as it moves closer toward production.

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  • N.
    That's not comforting
  • http://djkento.com/ Kento
    Sounds very true to the original origin to me so I'm fine with it. Honestly I just want to see the shell bros back on the big screen.
  • zey
    Headline would've been better if they left off the last three words.
  • TheSplinter
    As a fan of turtles from comics to tv shows ( with exceptions) I get that most are trying to revamp a lot of old series for modern audience. Bays initial statement was just a horrible way to say it. In a sense he was saying so its going to be like transformers but with turtles and ninjas. -_- I know the ooze was from another Dimension /Planet but the turtles were NOT.. so to me the whole making them Alien thing was a cop out for not being creative enough to come up with another concept to keep true to originality and new age design,structure or story. Some things do not need to change. I will most likely watch the movie regardless only because i love the turtles. I just think that there are different innovative ways to iterate those we woke up and watched those mornings as a kid, or sat in the comic store reading the comics while the comic store guy is happy to see a kid into comics. All i can say after that is COWABUNGA !!!
    • N.
      Fully agree
  • racquetman
    What is going on? Does Michael Bay suddenly care what everyone thinks of him and his movies??
    • son_et_lumiere
      seems somewhat unlikely, he never has to date. why should he? he and his films make money anyway. i love how he says 'I do listen to the fans and I do want this to be authentic.' just like his 'authentic' Transformers, then...
  • http://twitter.com/Toonfed TOONFED
    This begun bad already. Next!
  • http://twitter.com/Nifty_Films Nifty Films
    Wake me up when all of this is over.
  • DavideCoppola
    But who cares in the end?
  • Thexn
    Michael Bay could win the Tour De France riding backwards he's doing so much backpedaling.
  • The One
    I think Michael Bay is the only directory that is stepping up to make these childhood movies. And I thank you for making them because I don't see anyone else stepping up to the plate! I hope Bay steps up to the plate and puts him self on the plate to make a Voltron Movie! I respect you for making the movies that entertain us!
  • Bike May
    Hey guys, I think we should trust Michael Bay. He's an awesome director with great ideas. The Ninja Turtles are in good hands.
  • Brian Sleider
    Doesn't matter He cast Megan Fox.....Why not cast a maniquin? You could make it just as sexy and it would act 100 times better.
  • Zak Coleman
    This is going to be awful
  • http://www.jimmylove.com/ Jimmy Love
    First Bayformers now teenage michale bay turtles.
  • I Hate Michael Bay
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