The term "fanrage" doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of how the internet responded when producer Michael Bay (Transformers, Bad Boys) stated that the half-shelled heroes in the upcoming TMNT reboot would be from an alien race. Many have spoken out over the sheer speculation of a planet full of Turtles, and very few have jumped to defend the project. But now director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Battle: LA) is weighing in on the so-called "turtlegate," speaking his mind on the matter and dishing out some new and important details while talking with Collider.
Regarding "alien race"
“Look, it’s so funny. If everyone was such a die-hard fan, they would know that the TCRI canisters where the ooze comes from... that is alien ooze. Now I’m not saying what Michael said is exactly what the movie is, because we're sitting in a room now figuring everything out. So we don’t know, but we are like Michael said: we’re expanding it, and the expansion will be true to the mythology. I promise you: fans will love it.”
Will they be CGI or costumes?
“All I’ll say is that I love how they did The Rise of the Planet of the Apes. That was exceptional.”
What's the focus?
“We’re definitely into the action, but for me what’s more important than that is that it’s a story about brotherhood and friendship and responsibility. Right now, I’m with the characters because those are what attracted me to the movie. They’re the best characters I’ll have had a chance to deal with.”
How is Kevin Eastman involved?
“Whatever mythology we’re building on or expanding is coming from that guy, Kevin Eastman’s head, who created the Turtles in the first place. And so everything will tie in with the mythology; fans will be extremely excited with what we’re coming up with. A lot of it is stuff he’s wanted to do for a long time, but just hasn’t had the opportunity because now we have the budget and things on this film to expand it in the right way. And so, I’m happy that everyone is extremely passionate, and they will not be disappointed. It’s all coming from the best possible place for this franchise”
Does the director put your concerns at ease or are you still worried about the on-screen future of the Turtles? Are you happy with his implication the Turtles will be CGI in a live-action movie or did you want costumes like the 90s films? The reboot is currently slated for a Christmas 2013 release.