A lot of people thought a lot of different things about Michael Bay's Transformers movies. A lot of those things were not good things, but hey, the films made a lot of money, so Mike's probably not too upset about it. Mr. Bay may have gone too far yesterday, though, when he announced his plans for a new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie which he'll be producing.
"These turtles are from an alien race," he told the Nickolodeon network. "And they're going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely loveable."
Never mind the fact that tough, edgy, funny, and loveable don't really go together at all… he's going to make the Ninja Turtles into aliens?!
I mean, what? It says right there in the title that the Ninja Turtles are mutants. Unless Bay plans on changing the name of the movie to Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles, which then would have the unfortunate acronym TANT, as in "I tan't going to see this movie."
Earlier today, Michael Bay commented on the whole thing:
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 of course sounds like executive double-speak—why could he not name the Turtles' original creators, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, who are pretty important guys? How exactly does making the Turtles alien build a richer world, unless "richer" actually means "worse."
So yeah, basically this sounds like a mess. And even though Bay's Transformers films energized a whole new generation of giant robot fans, those movies didn't depart from the original source material quite so drastically. Will Turtles fans be as forgiving? Would you see this movie?