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As any kid who grew up watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in cartoon and live-action form can tell you, the little green guys' back story involves a run-in with some mysterious radioactive ooze, but Michael Bay recently revealed that he might be taking some liberties with the turtles' origins.
"These turtles are from an alien race," Bay said recently at an event. "And they're going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable."
Bay, who is producing the Ninja Turtles' upcoming flick, upset a lot of fans and at least one Ninja Turtle -- or rather the guy who voiced Michaelangelo in the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movies, Robbie Rist. He writes in an open letter to Bay on his Facebook page that Bay is "sodomizing" the franchise. Rist continues, "I know believing in mutated talking turtles is kinda silly to begin with but am I supposed to »
Robbie Rist, the actor who voiced Michaelangelo in the original ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ movies, is claiming that Michael Bay is “sodomizing” the franchise by changing the turtles’ history in his upcoming film, TMZ is reporting. At the annual Nickelodean upfront presentation last week, the producer revealed that in his upcoming live-action movie, the turtles will be from an alien race. The original origins story says the turtles mutated during a brush with radioactive ooze after falling through a sewer. Rist wrote a letter to Bay, saying “You probably don’t know me but I did some voice work on the first set of movies that you are starting to talk [ Read More ] »
- Karen Benardello
The guy who voiced Michaelangelo in the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movies is Furious with Michael Bay ... claiming the director is "sodomizing" the franchise by changing "turtle" history in an upcoming flick. The outrage stems from a comment Bay made about his upcoming live-action flick at a recent media event ... in which he said, "These turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable.”Of course, »
- TMZ Staff
The characters have traditionally been depicted as pet turtles mutated by toxic waste in New York City's sewers.
But it seems a radical change to the origin story is on the way. Bay told a Nickelodeon presentation: "When you see this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist.
"These turtles are from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable."
Bay's Platinum Dunes company will produce the live-action reboot of the franchise, which is to be directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) and released on December 25, 2013. The script is by Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.
- David Bentley
The Transformers helmer is planning to bring back the characters for a new live action movie, but actor Robbie Rist, who played Michaelangelo in the 1990s films, is not happy with Bay's idea to recreate the turtles as "alien" life form instead of radioactive mutants.
Rist has written an open letter to Bay and posted the note on his Facebook.com page.
He writes, "You probably don't know me but I did some voice work on the first set of movies that you are starting to talk about sodomising.
"Look man, I think you have some pretty nifty action ideas... but seriously, Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles?
"I know believing in mutated talking turtles is kinda silly to begin with but am I supposed to be led to believe there are ninjas from another planet?... Oh what the hell am I talking to you for? The rape of our childhood memories continues..." »
Michael Bay has been criticised by former Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles voice actor Robbe Rist for his plans to change the franchise's origin story. The Transformers director - who will bring the four turtles back to the big screen in 2013 - said that he planned to make them aliens in his live-action reboot. Rist - who voiced Michaelangelo in the original movies - told Bay that he was "sodomizing" the Turtles legacy by introducing the alien angle. "You probably don't know me, but I did some voice work on the first set of movies that you are starting to talk about sodomizing," he wrote on his Facebook page. "Look man, I think you have some pretty nifty action ideas (of course on the other side, the minute Anyone in your (more) »
- By Tom Eames
‘Lead the way, Toots!’ Or if you rather like ‘Cowabunga, dudes, ‘a brand new movie adaptation of famous comic book Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently underway. Michael Bay and company have hired Jonathan Liebesman to direct Renaissance artists – Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello – and, through the teachings of a rat-turned-sensei named Splinter. [...]
- Nick Martin
Maybe the bottom of the sewer is being scraped here, but a remake or even a new take on a new live-action version of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles surely screams of madness or desperation?Maybe I’m being a bit too negative. But another rehashing of a long gone franchise? Come On!!! Anyway, rant over. Jonathan Liebesman, who directed the recent Battle: Los Angeles and Wrath of the Titans, is in talks to direct the movie. And no doubt Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Raphael will all be back fighting Shredder etc. What would be awesome is quite an uber and violent version of the Turtles, along the lines of Kick-Ass. Anyway, what say you readers? Fancy a new Turtles movie?
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
He’s brought the world a vengeful tooth fairy, explored Leatherface’s origins and levelled Los Angeles with an alien attack. But now Jonathan Liebesman is looking to switch gears slightly, entering talks to direct Paramount’s new, live-action take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.This reboot of the martial artist amphibian franchise has been making its way through the development sewers for a while now, and has already seen Iron Man co-writers Art Malcum and Matt Holloway and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol script team Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec bash out drafts for a plot that the studio is keeping firmly under wraps for now.If we had to guess, though, we’d figure on the heroic foursome – Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Raphael – aided by comely reporter April O’Neil and kindly ninja master / mutant rat Splinter taking on some matter of criminal threat. Could regular menace Shredder and »
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