TMNT No Longer Mutants Nor Teenagers; Michael Bay Responds
Michael Bay posted a response in his message board saying that the name change is a marketing decision. The Turtles will still act like the teenagers you know and love. His full response is below:
"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."
The title characters being aliens is not the only change in the upcoming live-action reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie -- apparently, they're no longer teenagers as well.
According to Bleedingcool.com, a source told them that the movie's working title is just Ninja Turtles and that the decision to shorten the title "seems to be driven by marketing" ala Disney and John Carter.
Just last week, we discovered the Turtles' extra-terrestrial origins via a Michael Bay speech to ad buyers in New York. This predictably caused an uproar with the fan base but, in the interest of "building a richer world," Bay told fans and his critics to "take a breath, and chill."
While TMNT co-creator Peter Laird is sceptical of the change to the Turtles' origin as well, he told fans to accept Bay's advice because "it might actually work." Besides, there's nothing he can do about it since he's no longer in control of property.
Luckily, we haven't heard the latest buzz word, gritty, used to describe the upcoming movie or else, one of the Turtles will be sporting a five-o-clock shadow, an eye patch and chomping on a lit cigar.
One wonders though, how long until someone ask, do they really have to be turtles?
The live-action reboot is to be directed by Jonathan Liebesman from a script by André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum and is scheduled for release on December 25, 2013.