Stop throwing things at Michael Bay, please, just for a moment. He has something he wants to say.
Having last week announced to the world – well, the Nickelodeon upfronts crowd, but word gets around – that the new movie version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would in fact be Teenage Aliens instead, producer Michael Bay has some damage control to do.
Here’s his comment from his Shoot For the Edit message boards:
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.
Which original creator – Kevin Eastman or Peter Laird? Well, according to Ninja Pizza, Laird is “absolutely not” involved, while Eastman has commented on having seen the script.
Having seen it. Not having co-written it, or worked on it, but having seen it. So, best guess would be that Bay and co have either pulled him on board in more recent months or that his role is a consultancy one, offering notes. It remains to be seen, I’d say, just how “closely” he’s working on the project.
Or what difference it would make anyway.
My position is simple: there’s no obvious reason to change the characters’ origins, but if it so happens they’ve found a way to make the film better by doing so, then good luck to them.
We’re told to expect the film in US cinemas on Christmas day 2013. Happy Christmas, Turtle fans!