Project Blue Door - The First Michael Bay TMNT Script

Thanks to my browsing IGN, I came across a link to a site where a guy claimed to have seen the first draft of a script for Bay's TMNT movie. Fortunately, due to fan outburst about Bay making the Turtles into aliens rather than mutants, the executives put the project on hold until script issues were worked out. In the link I'll provide, this guy claims to have seen the first script for the movie and summarises it on a 12 minute video. Now I cannot ascertain for certain whether this guy is telling the truth as that's not possible but in the instance that I am providing a link to the first TMNT script, let me tell you there are some major issues. Casey, April and the Shredder are nothing like we know them, the script and plot are horribly convuluted and Bay seems to screw with the TMNT lore even more than he screwed over the Transformers lore.

NOTE: This link provides detail on the first draft script for Bay's TMNT film. Apparently the script is being reworked. Here's the link: http://latino-review.com/2012/08/28/exclusive-bays-failed-ninja-turtles-script-review/

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Posted by k4tzm4n

Yup, I listened to that the other day. On paper, it sounds hideous.

That said, the movie was delayed for re-writes, so that's worth taking into account.

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Posted by BlueLantern1995

We must be vocal and make sure Michael Bay never works on a movie ever again...I know it sounds harsh but the guy has the standard of a neanderthal, all he knows is sex and explosions. Which is odd since TMNT doesn't have nor should have either.

Posted by Lvenger

@k4tzm4n: I thought you'd have seen this before I did. And yes fortunately the script is being rewritten. But can you imagine what would have happened if Bay went ahead with this? The Foot would be a black ops squad led by Colonel Schrader, the Turtles would come from Dimension X and this hideous prophecy ruins the entire freakin film! Splinter is supposed to be their surrogate and only parent. Adding in the parents and warping the lore would have caused an outrage. I know you've written about how all us TMNT fans shouldn't worry but I can't help feeling that Bay is going to ruin another franchise or pull a last Airbender on us.

@BlueLantern1995: Sadly Hollywood will keep that guy in with a job and plenty of money ruining beloved franchises. TMNT is supposed to be a funny, action packed film that has at its centre the relationship of the four brothers and Splinter. This film would have ruined what makes the Turtles great.

Edited by k4tzm4n

@Lvenger: I did, I just didn't make a thread for it. :P

The script leaked sometime last week and IGN made the post last night.

I loathe how prophecies are jammed into stories. It's lazy and has no purpose being thrown into everything sci-fi/fantasy related. Why can't they save the day without it being pre-determined for them?

To be fair, if the movie is terrible, Bay is hardly the man who should take the majority of the blame. Some? Totally, but I feel it's unfair that he's the sole focus, especially when Eastman, two other writers, and a director are all involved in the creative process.

And hey, I said don't worry until we get some official info. If that's terrible, then yeah, we have every right to worry. But until then, I'm doing my best to reserve judgement until we get a glimpse at the final product, and not what it could have been. So, here's to hoping... lol

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Posted by Lvenger

@k4tzm4n: Last week? How come IGN only picked up on it yesterday then? And prophecies are so overused in sci-fi/fantasy films that they're really becoming cliches. I would have expected better of Eastman who's writing a supposedly awesome TMNT series at IDW so I suppose there's enough blame to go around. What if the teaser trailer or released images suck? Then can we go mad? :P

Also TMNT 13 arrived a couple of days ago. I know it came out at the start of August but I always get my comics a month later due to the damn ordering service. I have yet to read it but the solicit and cover look damn fine!

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Lvenger: I could have sworn it was last week. Perhaps it was the weekend? Anyway, that department is quite busy, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was under their radar for a bit.

Exactly, it's a cliche and that's why I called it lazy.

Yeah, for the comic Eastman has credit with the story, but Tom Waltz is technically writing.

Hey man, you're free to be mad whenever you want to be! I'm just trying to be fair and wait until we see something official. It's still in the very early stages and who knows what will change.

Delays are no fun :(

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Posted by BlueLantern1995

Reason why I blame Michael Bay is because of his work on Transformers another favorite franchise of mine. Surely the creative team their isn't the same. What I see is a guy who influences his way through everyone and ruins the franchise for explosions and sex. Seriously that is all he knows...

Sure the other people are to blame but he is the guy behind the scenes...surely the guy behind the scenes is the biggest offender...

Posted by Lvenger

@k4tzm4n: Well I don't want to jump to conclusions over rumours yet and your blog reminded me not to go mad over little tid bits of gossip. So I'm not mad with Bay yet. I will complain if the teaser trailer or images seem iffy though! And yeah delays are no fun. Justice League 12 wasn't released till this week so I either have to wait for it to arrive next month or spoil myself online. Normally I'd do the former but given the significance of this issue, I'm opting for the latter! :P

Posted by k4tzm4n

@BlueLantern1995: To be fair, though, Bay was directing Transformers and such isn't the case here (now he's producing). I'm not saying you aren't allowed to dislike the man... I'm just saying we should wait and see how the official product looks ;)

@Lvenger: haha, sure! If the official images/trailers looked terrible, then by all means let the internet hear your war cry. But even at that point, I'm still going to have some hope and wait for the film itself before ranting and raving. After all, I was pumped for Wolverine and thought the trailer was fantastic, then....well, you saw how that turned out.

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Posted by Lvenger

@k4tzm4n: Excellent! Now I must find a suitable Internet war cry for the occasion. Yeah Wolverine bombed no doubt about that. Though I'd say he deserved it after he stole the limelight in 3 frickin X-Men films! It's called X-Men not Wolverine guest starring the X-Men.

Posted by Deranged Midget

I saw this earlier but there's no true indication that this guy is telling the truth. Albeit, it is good news that they delayed the film and are working up a new script but I'm still remaining neutral until I see footage.

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Posted by JohnnyGat

*Imagines Bay's TMNT*

Michael Angelo: Leo watch out!

*Mikey swings at the foot soldier who dodges*

*nunchuks hit street lamp*

*explosions*

*Shredder leaves via helicopter into the sunset*

*more explosions*

Posted by Lvenger

@Deranged Midget: No there isn't and I have said that. But assuming he was telling the truth, I don't have the highest hopes for what this film will turn out like if that was its first draft.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@Lvenger: It's a sad truth and we can only wait, but I feel like I should remain neutral in regards to expectations and anticipation for the film.

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Posted by Lvenger

@Deranged Midget: I suppose that's the best option. Still if Transformers is anything to go by, TMNT might not be so lucky.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@Lvenger: Very true, but I still enjoyed Transformers and Bay did do the series a favour by making it socially acceptable (as if we really care).

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Posted by Lvenger

@Deranged Midget: I'm just going by what hardcore Transformers fans said. I was never too interested in alien robots disguised as earth vehicles. Still catchy theme tune.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@Lvenger: Indeed! That's why Transformers War and Fall of Cybertron are such interesting games!

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Posted by InnerVenom123

"Special ops military unit called - THE FOOT"

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Posted by Jorgevy

@BlueLantern1995: it does need SOME explosions... even if they're tiny ones

Posted by BlueLantern1995

@Jorgevy: Sure it can have them but it isn't what TMNT's main purpose is.

Posted by Jorgevy

@BlueLantern1995: obviously, it's just that you said in a way that sounded like it wasn't supposed to have any at all

Posted by Superguy0009e

If this wasn't a TMNT movie, it could be good.

Since it isn'tAHHHHHHHH NONONONONONO!!!!

But yeah, this isn't even close, it's like Transformers with turtles.

Posted by Lvenger

@InnerVenom123: Led by one Colonel Schrader. I think that's how it's spelt. Who's an alien from Dimension X in disguise. Yeah I don't think so.

@Superguy0009e: In this draft script, the Turtles use their shells more as weapons. Like pinballing into enemies. I'm sorry but they're Ninja turtles, not transformer turtles!

Posted by Superguy0009e

@Lvenger: I just mean concept wise. I high schooler discovers a weird group of creatures that he must later help with the assistance of a hot chick he later hooks up with.

Posted by Lvenger

@Superguy0009e: Ah yes plot recycling by Bay. How original.

Posted by Jorgevy

@Superguy0009e said:

@Lvenger: I just mean concept wise. I high schooler discovers a weird group of creatures that he must later help with the assistance of a hot chick he later hooks up with.

WUT

WUUUUUT

WUUUUUUUUUT!|!!

OH CRAP Bay seriously just quit. I mean seriously, what the heck!??!?!?! again with this? again? again? again? again? again?

SERIOUSLY???!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!???!?!?

this is sad

reallly really sad, and I hope the script is completelly changed and that Bay just gives up and goes do something else like, I donno, pancakes. Atleast that will be hard to ruin with hot models and nerdy kids

Posted by Lvenger

@Jorgevy: I know. Now that I look at it, Bay did recycle the plot of Transformers. A lot. There's even a prophecy just like in Transformers. And pancakes can be hard, especially the flipping part. I wouldn't trust Bay to make me a pancake let alone reboot the TMNT movie franchise.

Posted by Jorgevy

@Lvenger: I wouldn't trust him to take care of an ant

Posted by BlueLantern1995

@Lvenger said:

@Jorgevy: I wouldn't trust Bay to make me a pancake let alone reboot the TMNT movie franchise.

@Jorgevy said:

@Lvenger: I wouldn't trust him to take care of an ant

I wouldn't trust Bay to tie my shoes

Posted by Jorgevy

@BlueLantern1995: I wouldn't trust him to clean a toilet

Posted by Ms. Omega

Ok thats it I am out goodbye world....

Posted by Lvenger

@Ms. Omega: Hey it's only the first draft script. They're reworking it now I'm sure it'll be improved.

Nope didn't sound convincing at all did it? Yeah I have plenty of doubts about this too. You know what this deserves?

A TMNT facepalm!

Posted by Superguy0009e

@Jorgevy: @Lvenger: I will say this however, if this wasnt a TMNT movie, it could be a very interesting film. I just think we need to see something more traditional or similar to the most recent cartoon.

Posted by Jorgevy

@Superguy0009e: I think even if it wasn't a TMNT movie I'd have problems with it. Too much Bay style

Posted by Lvenger

@Jorgevy said:

@Superguy0009e: I think even if it wasn't a TMNT movie I'd have problems with it. Too much Bay style

Same. Too much Bay isn't good for your health. Or sanity.

Posted by BlueLantern1995

@Lvenger said:

@Jorgevy said:

@Superguy0009e: I think even if it wasn't a TMNT movie I'd have problems with it. Too much Bay style

Same. Too much Bay isn't good for your health. Or sanity.

agree

Posted by Guardiandevil83

Basically this would be TMNT meets Transformers? Is Shia playing Casey?

Posted by danhimself

@Guardiandevil83: thankfully Shia LaDouche isn't doing mainstream films anymore...he's actually working on a film right now that supposedly he will have full on sex in

Posted by Guardiandevil83

@danhimself said:

@Guardiandevil83: thankfully Shia LaDouche isn't doing mainstream films anymore...he's actually working on a film right now that supposedly he will have full on sex in

A porn?

Posted by Batnandez

@BlueLantern1995 said:

We must be vocal and make sure Michael Bay never works on a movie ever again...I know it sounds harsh but the guy has the standard of a neanderthal, all he knows is sex and explosions. Which is odd since TMNT doesn't have nor should have either.

I mean transformers made buckets of money and whatver he barfs out usually does so I can see why studios still let him direct even though he stinks.

Posted by danhimself

@Guardiandevil83 said:

@danhimself said:

@Guardiandevil83: thankfully Shia LaDouche isn't doing mainstream films anymore...he's actually working on a film right now that supposedly he will have full on sex in

A porn?

no it's an actual movie but it will have penetration

Posted by riiiiiiiight

@InnerVenom123 said:

"Special ops military unit called - THE FOOT"

NOPENOPENOPE NOPENOPE NOPENOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPENOPE NOPE NOPE NOPENOPE

Posted by danhimself

"I think the script that I read is so fundamentally flawed, and -- more to the point -- so NOT a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, that trying to make piecemeal changes to it in an effort to make it into something halfway decent is probably a fool's errand. In my opinion, the thing should just be tossed out, deliberately forgotten, and the process of generating a new script really a new outline, then treatment, then script -- should be started again." - Peter Laird

"The leaked script that different sites continue to comment on was written well before I, or anyone at Platinum Dunes, was involved with the project. That script saw the shredder a long time ago. This is tired, old news -- wait for the movie!" - Michael Bay

Posted by Lvenger

@danhimself said:

"I think the script that I read is so fundamentally flawed, and -- more to the point -- so NOT a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, that trying to make piecemeal changes to it in an effort to make it into something halfway decent is probably a fool's errand. In my opinion, the thing should just be tossed out, deliberately forgotten, and the process of generating a new script really a new outline, then treatment, then script -- should be started again." - Peter Laird

"The leaked script that different sites continue to comment on was written well before I, or anyone at Platinum Dunes, was involved with the project. That script saw the shredder a long time ago. This is tired, old news -- wait for the movie!" - Michael Bay

That may be the case but there's no way of knowing if the link I found was the true script. The real one could be even worse. And assuming it is the real script, who in their right minds would have thought that script would make for a decent let alone good movie?

Posted by k4tzm4n

Hey guys, posted a news article with Bay's response to the script!

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Posted by Jorgevy

@danhimself said:

@Guardiandevil83 said:

@danhimself said:

@Guardiandevil83: thankfully Shia LaDouche isn't doing mainstream films anymore...he's actually working on a film right now that supposedly he will have full on sex in

A porn?

no it's an actual movie but it will have penetration

WUT WUT WUT

I always wondered how realistic sex scenes were made but this? seriously? I mean, I wouldn't this if I was an actor. I mean, I would do a porn if I was a porn actor but I would never do this if I was a mainstream actor. It's just... seriously. Why not do the other way around? there are porns with convoluted and intriguing scripts, there's no need to turn a regular film into that. But hey it's just my opinion and if Shia is confortable with doing that, what the heck, be my guest

Posted by Guardiandevil83

@Jorgevy said:

@danhimself said:

@Guardiandevil83 said:

@danhimself said:

@Guardiandevil83: thankfully Shia LaDouche isn't doing mainstream films anymore...he's actually working on a film right now that supposedly he will have full on sex in

A porn?

no it's an actual movie but it will have penetration

WUT WUT WUT

I always wondered how realistic sex scenes were made but this? seriously? I mean, I wouldn't this if I was an actor. I mean, I would do a porn if I was a porn actor but I would never do this if I was a mainstream actor. It's just... seriously. Why not do the other way around? there are porns with convoluted and intriguing scripts, there's no need to turn a regular film into that. But hey it's just my opinion and if Shia is confortable with doing that, what the heck, be my guest

So he's basically making a porn from the 70's. Back then they were like actual movies and could be seen in Theaters.

Posted by Lvenger

@k4tzm4n: I see. Danhimself beat you to it but now I see that Bay said that script was written before he was involved on the project. Interesting. There might be someone worse at screwing up franchises than Bay.

Posted by Lvenger

@Guardiandevil83 said:

@Jorgevy said:

@danhimself said:

@Guardiandevil83 said:

@danhimself said:

@Guardiandevil83: thankfully Shia LaDouche isn't doing mainstream films anymore...he's actually working on a film right now that supposedly he will have full on sex in

A porn?

no it's an actual movie but it will have penetration

WUT WUT WUT

I always wondered how realistic sex scenes were made but this? seriously? I mean, I wouldn't this if I was an actor. I mean, I would do a porn if I was a porn actor but I would never do this if I was a mainstream actor. It's just... seriously. Why not do the other way around? there are porns with convoluted and intriguing scripts, there's no need to turn a regular film into that. But hey it's just my opinion and if Shia is confortable with doing that, what the heck, be my guest

So he's basically making a porn from the 70's. Back then they were like actual movies and could be seen in Theaters.

(stares at him blankly) Wait what? 70s pornos could be seen in theatres?! Good grief what was it like back then?

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