Kevin Eastman Praises Upcoming TMNT Film

There's been a lot of controversy over the upcoming 'Ninja Turtles' reboot, but the co-creator of the famous franchise has nothing but love for the project.

The reboot's release date has been pushed back, but Kevin Eastman, who co-created the Ninja Turtles with Peter Laird, had high praise for the movie and said, "it's easily the best 'Turtle' movie yet." The writer added, "We're talking 'Raid: Redemption'-style fight scenes; we're talking about epic 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' sort of effects."

Eastman also claims that the release date delay had nothing to negative feedback. "A lot of people are worried we pushed the release date from December to May, but the 30th anniversary of the 'Turtles' is in May, so it worked out perfectly."

"I know that Michael and his group really like that and that Paramount was supportive of that, so I think that it's great," he explained about potential changes to the franchise. "I grew up reading 'Captain America' and 'The Avengers' and all that stuff, and over the course of the comic book history, since 'Avengers' has been around, how many times has it been reinvented, reformatted, restructured, replatformed."

'Ninja Turtles' will be directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay.

source: MTV

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Posted by Dark_Thunder

@k4tzm4n said:

"I know that Michael and his group really like that and that Paramount was supportive of that, so I think that it's great," he explained about potential changes to the franchise. "I grew up reading 'Captain America' and 'The Avengers' and all that stuff, and over the course of the comic book history, since 'Avengers' has been around, how many times has it been reinvented, reformatted, restructured, replatformed."

Yeah, but they never tried to make Captain America Canadian. There's making changes, and then there's removing one of the fundamentals upon which the entire concept is based.

Posted by Ms. Omega

Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles....? WTF? No No No.........screw this....*Walks Out*.......

Posted by Brynhyld

@Ms. Omega said:

Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles....? WTF? No No No.........screw this....*Walks Out*.......

Hold's the door open for Ms.Omega, as Brynhyld also *Walks Out*

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I think fundamental damage has already been done to this film so it's doomed to fail no matter how good it actually is 

Posted by hectorsquall

@Dark_Thunder said:

@k4tzm4n said:

"I know that Michael and his group really like that and that Paramount was supportive of that, so I think that it's great," he explained about potential changes to the franchise. "I grew up reading 'Captain America' and 'The Avengers' and all that stuff, and over the course of the comic book history, since 'Avengers' has been around, how many times has it been reinvented, reformatted, restructured, replatformed."

Yeah, but they never tried to make Captain America Canadian. There's making changes, and then there's removing one of the fundamentals upon which the entire concept is based.

That would have been awesome!
Posted by Dark_Thunder

@hectorsquall: Nice image! lol

Posted by k4tzm4n

@hectorsquall: Captain Canada FTW.

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Posted by The_Tree

I'm still proceeding with caution towards this film. I'm not too big on who they chose to direct, since I found both Battle: Los Angeles and Wrath of the Titans to be very "meh" level in quality, and it's got Bay's involvement. I sure hope it's a good movie, but if it's not, I won't be surprised.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@The_Tree: I'd say that's more than fair.

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@Dark_Thunder said:

@k4tzm4n said:

"I know that Michael and his group really like that and that Paramount was supportive of that, so I think that it's great," he explained about potential changes to the franchise. "I grew up reading 'Captain America' and 'The Avengers' and all that stuff, and over the course of the comic book history, since 'Avengers' has been around, how many times has it been reinvented, reformatted, restructured, replatformed."

Yeah, but they never tried to make Captain America Canadian. There's making changes, and then there's removing one of the fundamentals upon which the entire concept is based.

Understandable, but I'm waiting for them to elaborate on the premise before I jump to conclusions. It was incredibly foolish for Bay to make such a statement, but it's also important to note that it's both vague and they've stated they're still in the very early stages of writing. If there's a planet full of "Turtles" and they crash land here... then yeah, that's very, very odd and seemingly unnecessary. But, part of me is sincerely hoping he just means the TCRI ooze which mutates them is alien technology (just like the comics), therefore making them technically "aliens" to some degree. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy

Thanks k4tz for the info, never have to worry about looking up TMNT news, lol...

Posted by Crom-Cruach

@k4tzm4n said:

There's been a lot of controversy over the upcoming 'Ninja Turtles' reboot, but the co-creator of the famous franchise has nothing but love for the project.

The reboot's release date has been pushed back, but Kevin Eastman, who co-created the Ninja Turtles with Peter Laird, had high praise for the movie and said, "it's easily the best 'Turtle' movie yet." The writer added, "We're talking 'Raid: Redemption'-style fight scenes; we're talking about epic 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' sort of effects."

I wonder how much they paid him for these blatant lies.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@BiteMe-Fanboy said:

Thanks k4tz for the info, never have to worry about looking up TMNT news, lol...

Hah, you're very welcome.

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Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Really surprises me Eastman would say all this when it would be more logical for him to voice his frustration. I'm not trusting his words though regardless...the concepts the movie is using in rebooting the TMNT mythos I steadfastly disagree with.

Posted by InnerVenom123

So, how much did they pay him?

Edited by Guardiandevil83

@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

Really surprises me Eastman would say all this when it would be more logical for him to voice his frustration. I'm not trusting his words though regardless...the concepts the movie is using in rebooting the TMNT mythos I steadfastly disagree with.

I agree. I grew up on the Tutles as has everyone here. I even enjoyed those crappy live concert turtle straight to VHS movies more then this idea and the crossover with the Power Rangers. lol

Edited by Inverno

He must have the same mindset of the creators of Transformers. They don't care what others do with their work as long the gain a s****load of money.

Posted by Deranged Midget

Excellent news, I heard they're still debating whether or not the Turtles should be brought to life via motion capture or not. What are you're thoughts

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Edited by k4tzm4n

@Deranged Midget said:

Excellent news, I heard they're still debating whether or not the Turtles should be brought to life via motion capture or not. What are you're thoughts

I'm trying my best to remain open minded until I see more. That said, saying it'll look like RotPotA I(it would have been easier to just write the title...) and have fight scenes like The Raid has my full attention.

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Posted by Deranged Midget

@k4tzm4n said:

@Deranged Midget said:

Excellent news, I heard they're still debating whether or not the Turtles should be brought to life via motion capture or not. What are you're thoughts

I'm trying my best to remain open minded until I see more. That said, saying it'll look like RotPotA I(it would have been easier to just write the title...) and have fight scenes like The Raid has my full attention.

Indeed, but honestly, I didn't mind the approach they went with in TMNT 2007. It allowed for better and more fleshed out fight scenes.

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@Deranged Midget said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@Deranged Midget said:

Excellent news, I heard they're still debating whether or not the Turtles should be brought to life via motion capture or not. What are you're thoughts

I'm trying my best to remain open minded until I see more. That said, saying it'll look like RotPotA I(it would have been easier to just write the title...) and have fight scenes like The Raid has my full attention.

Indeed, but honestly, I didn't mind the approach they went with in TMNT 2007. It allowed for better and more fleshed out fight scenes.

It's a shame that movie didn't do better at the Box Office. The Leo vs Raph rooftop fight alone was worth the price of a ticket.

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Posted by TDK_1997

Let's hope it will be good.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@k4tzm4n said:

@Deranged Midget said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@Deranged Midget said:

Excellent news, I heard they're still debating whether or not the Turtles should be brought to life via motion capture or not. What are you're thoughts

I'm trying my best to remain open minded until I see more. That said, saying it'll look like RotPotA I(it would have been easier to just write the title...) and have fight scenes like The Raid has my full attention.

Indeed, but honestly, I didn't mind the approach they went with in TMNT 2007. It allowed for better and more fleshed out fight scenes.

It's a shame that movie didn't do better at the Box Office. The Leo vs Raph rooftop fight alone was worth the price of a ticket.

I know right! I thought I was the only one who thought that film was a success, not to mention that Patrick Stewart was awesome as the antagonist.

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Posted by Rumble Man

@CaioTrubat said:

He must have the same mindset of the creators of Transformers. They don't care what others do with their work as long the gain a s****load of money.

This song comes to mind, not in accuracy but in context

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@k4tzm4n anything thats "like The Raid" is extremely good news
Posted by k4tzm4n

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@k4tzm4n anything thats "like The Raid" is extremely good news

Always nice to see another fan of The Raid!

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Edited by Jaymundo

Its a shame Micheal Bay gets so much flak these days. Okay so his movies may have a tendency to be very similar to each other but that doesn't mean that every project he is connected to should be instantly considered terrible. It seems now that it is considered "cool" or acceptable to just instantly write off any Bay movie because the media says it's okay. Saying that it was nice to read this blog post as it remained neutral. Personally I cannot wait until this movie hits our screens, the film making technology we have now means that this turtle film should at least look the part (it has a big enough budget).To the naysayers I say wait until it hits to judge it. :)

No doubt people will complain that "they changed parts" but just like Transformers, Avengers, Batman etc etc they have to change it to make it fit for today's audiences. Bring it on!