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Much of the early discussion of the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has been mired in a murky, sticky ooze—an ooze that serves no purpose now, given that Bay's ninja turtles hail from the more logical origin of an alien planet. But while people such as Tmnt voice actor Robbie Rist and even co-creator Peter Laird have all offered their responses to Bay's unimpeachable reason, in terms ranging from withering sarcasm to accusations of rape, no one needs to worry about any complaints now, because Laird's estranged former partner, Kevin Eastman, says that the »
Created by Malcolm Sutherland, a self-proclaimed "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" superfan, the animated video was a passion project for the Canadian animator.
"Ever since I read the original black and white comics as a kid I have been a fan," he explained on his Vimeo account. "In 'Tmnt' Vol. 1 by Mirage Studios they frequently had guest artists and almost every comic was a totally different style. In particular, when I read #37 and #42 By Rick McCollum & Bill Anderson it totally changed my life ... Those books are so beautiful, and are so intense and full of magic that they left a deep mark on me. Anyway, I always wanted to do a 'Tmnt' comic myself, but in the meantime here is a fan animation instead. »
- The Huffington Post
Production on franchise reboot by Michael Bay may be shelved after fan uproar
It should have been Hollywood's new cash cow, the latest iteration of a franchise that has produced films, TV series and comic books. However, the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film has been shelved – perhaps indefinitely, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The move follows a fan backlash earlier this year against plans to change the origins story of its four "heroes in a halfshell".
Official word suggests that the film which is being developed by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes company, has been shut down owing to issues with the script. Originally due for December 2013, Jonathan Liebesman's film has now been pushed back to May 2014, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Preproduction staff, however, were told the film had been shelved for an "indefinite" period.
Fans took to Twitter and Facebook earlier this year to criticise plans »
- Ben Child
Directed by Stuart Gillard.
The teenage mutant ninja turtles travel back in time to ancient Japan and embark on an adventure.
I owned Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) on VHS, and so I had quite a strong nostalgic attachment to the movie when I recently revisited it. I was absolutely delighted that the movie was still entertaining and packed enough charm to transport me back to my childhood. It was with eagerness that I ploughed into the sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), a film which I also owned on VHS. I had vague memories of preferring this sequel over the original, but when re-watching I was struck by how average the movie is. Much to my dismay as a child, »
Directed by Michael Pressman.
The teenage mutant ninja turtles must face their past and fight against their strongest foes yet.
Released less than a year after Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), this sequel may boast a bigger budget but unfortunately it would seem that little of that money was spent on developing a decent script. Clearly aiming itself at a slightly younger audience, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze is lacking in darkness and wit - two key ingredients that made the original so enjoyable. The story has been simplified so youngsters can easily follow, and much of the violence is now toned down to the point where the »
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1990.
Directed by Steve Barron.
Four teenage mutant ninja turtles must face a villainous foe in order to protect their master and save New York City.
Before beginning this review of the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I must first acknowledge my strong sense of nostalgia for the movie. This was one of a select few films I owned on VHS when I was a much younger boy, and would often delight in drawing the curtains on a sunny day to sit in awe of the four heroes in a half shell. Of course, what would follow would be heroic (in my mind at least) ninja kicks leaping from the sofa, and which would inevitably end with me in pain of some form. »
You'll notice that in today's cinematic landscape, most major characters needing a voice in a CGI or motion capture family film are supplied by an established A-list actor (see Johnny Depp in Rango) or a known celebrity (Taylor Swift is fourth billed in Dr. Seuss' the Lorax). Twenty-two years ago, way back in 1990, that wasn't the case. Take Beauty and the Beast for instance. In 1991, Robby Benson, the lead voice actor in the film, had been absent from the spotlight for many years and was cast primarily for his talents on the microphone, not any sort of marquee value. Angela Lansbury served as the only real stunt casting. If the film was made today, we'd see Anne Hathaway serving as Beauty, with Hugh Jackman stepping in as the Beast. Even a smaller part, like Chip or Stove, would be supplied by any given member of the Apatow repertoire.
One of »
Consider it official: the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot is officially ditching the "Teenage Mutant" part.
Michael Bay has issued a new statement regarding his planned update on the heroes in a half-shell, confirming that the title for the reboot is indeed "Ninja Turtles" as was previously reported. Despite ditching "Teenage Mutant" from the title, however, Bay insists that the characters will remain faithful to the heroes fans remember so fondly.
"Paramount marketing changed the name," Bay wrote on his website to explain the title change. "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," the "Transformers" director continued. "They care Very Much about making this film for the fans. »
- Josh Wigler
Looks like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles we all know and love are growing up. The team of crime-fighting turtles, who will not be mutants in Michael Bay’s upcoming film, will reportedly not be teenagers either.
According to Bleeding Cool, the most recent update to the franchise is going by the working title Ninja Turtles.
The live action film's title has been verified, even though the age of the turtles has not, leading the rest of us to believe that Bay is indeed tossing the formerly mutant turtles as "teenagers" idea.
"It seems to be driven by marketing. Think of John Carter and how Disney wouldn’t allow for a title with either 'Princess' or 'Mars,'" an unnamed source told Bleeding Cool. And we all know how well that worked out for Disney.
The recent title shortening is the most recently announced change from the original concept, which spawned an animated TV series, »
- The Huffington Post
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"-gate 2012 has literally knocked a nation and generation of Tmnt fans -- who grew up with the unassailable classic 1990 film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and the also the nearly unimpeachable 2007 film, "Tmnt" -- for a loop when the shocking revelation was made that the new live-action movie adaptation of 'Tmnt,' produced by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes shingle, would no longer feature once-ordinary turtles living in the sewers who mutated into intelligent, human-sized creatures by a discarded canister of toxic waste.
Instead, their aims would be similar -- anthropomorphic turtles, trained by their rat sensei in the art of ninjutsu to fight crime -- but their origins would be radically changed. They would now be reconstituted as an alien race who presumably lands on Earth at some point. “These turtles are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny, »
- Edward Davis
Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has received approval from the original film's star Corey Feldman. Bay drew fire from some Ninja Turtles fans when he recently revealed that the creatures will turn out to be aliens in the 2013 movie. Original Ninja Turtles voice actor Robbie Rist also publicly slammed Bay's decision, accusing the producer of "sodomising" the franchise. Bay later released a response to the critics, urging the Tmnt fanbase to "take a breath and chill" before making any judgements. Feldman, who voiced Donatello in the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, has now defended Bay on Twitter and even expressed willingness to star in the new film. "Just heard this controversy over Michael Bays take on Tmnt... My view is I've (more) »
- By Justin Harp
Last week Michael Bay took to the stage at the 2012 Nickelodeon Upfront to discuss Platinum Dunes' plans for the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, where his comments about his version of the Turtles being "from an alien race" immediately caused uproar amongst fans of the heroes in a half-shell - including former Michaelangelo voice-actor Robbie Rist, who went as far as accusing Bay of "sodomizing" the property in a piece over at TMZ.
Well, fear not Turtles fans, for Bay has taken to the forums on his official site Shoot for the Edit to issue the following 'reassurance':
"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. »
Michael Bay caused something of a storm earlier this week with the announcement that his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles revamp sees the half-shelled heroes originating from an alien race. As Bay threw out the ooze backstory from Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's original comic book, Ninja Turtles voice actor Robbie Rist weighed in, accusing the Transformers director of "sodomizing" (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
In the latest edition of what is proving to be the most heated controversy of the week—at least until it’s announced that Joseph Kony is hosting a reboot of The Electric Company—Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird has weighed in on Michael Bay’s recently revealed decision to strive for more believable, grittily verité ninja turtles by making them aliens. And whereas former Tmnt voice actor Robbie Rist couched his displeasure in the terms of brutal ass-rape that speaks to modern audiences, Laird’s response takes a more measured, wait-and-see approach, albeit one tempered with withering »
It's shaping up to be the celluloid debate of the year: should Michael Bay be taken to task for "sodomising" the memory of millions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans by reimagining the much-loved "heroes in a half shell" as "lovable aliens"?
The original Michelangelo voice actor, Robbie Rist, earlier this week laid into Bay's plans to reboot the series. Today, the battle for the soul of the pugilistic amphibians continues with news that Brian Tochi, who played Leonardo in the "classic" 1990 film, is backing the Transformers director. "If Michael Bay wants to do a different take on the turtles origin story ... mazel tov!" he told TMZ.
Fans took to Twitter and Facebook in anger after Bay unveiled proposals to change the turtles to extraterrestrials (as opposed to mutants who gain »
- Ben Child
Michael Bay tried to tell the Internerds to chill the eff out earlier this week after news broke that he was planning a reboot where our pizza-snarfing stars are aliens rather than little turtles that encountered some gnarly goo that transformed them. Now Peter Laird, who created the comic book stars along with writer/artist Kevin Eastman, has spoken up on Bay's behalf.
As we all do these days, Laird turned to his blog to talk back to worried fans.
Laird wrote, "But I would actually encourage Tmnt fans to swallow the "chill pill" Mr. Bay recently suggested they take, and wait and see what might come out of this seemingly ill-conceived plan. It's possible that with enough truly creative brainpower applied to this idea, it might actually work. I'm not saying it's probable, »
- Jenni Miller
The mastermind who Created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back in 1984 isn't offended Michael Bay is rewriting Tmnt history -- in fact, he Loves the director's new vision ... and he wants turtle fans everywhere to back the hell off. You'll recall ... Bay pissed off a lot of people when he revealed his remake of Tmnt would see the loveable turtles as aliens ... not mutants -- outraging super fans across the globe, including Robbie Rist ... the »
- TMZ Staff
Michael Bay has been defended by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird in the wake of his changes to the franchise. The Transformers director was criticised by a contingent of Ninja Turtles fans when he recently announced that the creatures will be aliens in the 2013 film reboot. Robbie Rist, an original Ninja Turtles voice actor, also spoke out against Bay's decision and accused the producer of "sodomising" the series. Bay responded by asking the Tmnt fanbase to "take a breath, and chill". He also promised that he would be working with the franchise's original creative team on the new movie. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Laird, who sold his ownership of the franchise years ago, has now weighed in on the controversy on his blog by urging fans not to rush to judgement. (more) »
- By Justin Harp
The Transformers director is working on a new film featuring the martial arts-loving crimefighters, but he's recast the superheroes as aliens - sparking anger among some devotees of the franchise.
In a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "Just heard this contoversy (sic) over Michael Bays take on Tmnt... My view is I've loved his remakes...I'm In!" »
A few days ago, Michael Bay revealed that the upcoming live-action "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie will make the turtles aliens rather than mutants. Fans reacted very negatively to this, prompting Bay to release a statement, telling everyone to "take a breath and chill." Since then, Robbie Rist, who voiced Michaelangelo in the original film trilogy, said that what Bay is doing is "the rape of our childhood memories." But now comes word that Brian Tochi, who voiced Leonardo, is not worried about Bay creating a new origin for the characters. "If Michael Bay wants to do a different take on the turtles origin story ... Mazel Tov," he said. And Judith Hoag, who played April O'Neil, just revealed to TMZ that she's excited to see what Bay comes up with, mostly because "I was in 'Armageddon' ... which Michael directed ... as well as 'Nightmare On Elm Street' and 'I Am Number Four' which he produced. »
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