Michael Bay Discusses Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Film Plot

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Posted by k4tzm4n (44492 posts) - - Show Bio

While promoting his latest film (Pain & Gain), Michael Bay (who is producing TMNT, not directing it) was asked by moviefone about the alien rumors surrounding TMNT's reboot. He previously made a remark about extraterrestrials, and while everyone jumped to conclusions this meant a planet full of alien Turtles (understandable so, of course), Bay says that's entirely false.

"There was that quote saying that we’re making [the Ninja Turtles as] aliens. We’re not. It’s the ooze! It’s from the original source material. These are from the original writers, and I never went out to correct myself in the press. I do listen to the fans and I do want this to be authentic. I think they’re going to be really happy with this movie. When I see the digital stuff, the turtles look great."

Remember that time they played 'Tarzan Boy'"in TMNT 3? I sure do.

This is what I speculated a long time ago, people! The ooze is technically alien, so I was really, really, reaaaaally hoping he just chose his words poorly, implying they're mutated by alien technology, therefore being part alien. Thankfully, it looks like that's exactly the case and, as far as we can tell, their origin will be heavily inspired by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's original creation.

Where the story will go from there... well, only time will tell. However, it's fair to assume it involves General Krang since the plot allegedly deals with an alien invasion. I know there's still outcry over the leak script, but keep in mind, they've been claiming that's nothing like the final product, the film underwent a rewrite and they changed the title from Ninja Turtles to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Now, I'm not saying this film will be fantastic or anything, but it looks like concern over the plot can be put at ease for now. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is scheduled to hit theaters June 6, 2014.

*Thanks to lvenger for bringing this to my attention!

Source: moviefone

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#1 Edited by Namor1987 (1889 posts) - - Show Bio

They better still be mutants

#2 Edited by The Stegman (24494 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm kinda getting excited for this now.

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#3 Posted by Dragonborn_CT (22379 posts) - - Show Bio

Of course they are no longer aliens now, since he is knows what is best for his safety.

#4 Posted by wmwadeii (3249 posts) - - Show Bio

Kinda reminds me of Transformers. The more I update different parts of the wiki the more I see parts of the movie were pulled from the comic source. Guess everyone remembers the cartoons and forget the comics sometimes. Not to say the movies could have been beter in certain aspects, but then again I enjoy a good "popcorn" movie.

#5 Posted by Dark_Vengeance_ (14698 posts) - - Show Bio

#6 Posted by weaponx (1566 posts) - - Show Bio

Good call! I also agreed with you and am still looking forward to this :).

#7 Edited by FoxxFireArt (3555 posts) - - Show Bio

This movie was pretty much DOA to me from the moment I heard Michael Bay being attached. Megan Fox as April doesn't help matters in the slightest.

These are from the original writers, and I never went out to correct myself in the press. I do listen to the fans and I do want this to be authentic.

Really? Because he went pretty far out of his way to try and defend this idea when he commented earlier on the fan backlash to the whole "aliens" idea. This whole Bay correction is pretty much in contrast to his earlier defense of his previous statements. If really was what was intended, why did it take him so long to make this new correction?

Maybe about six months have passed since then. The series was in early enough per-production at the time. Odds are better that the heat was getting too much and needed time to correct his own mistake with the script.

#8 Posted by LaserLambert (636 posts) - - Show Bio

this doesn't make Michael Bay not Michael Bay, and this doesn't make Megan Fox not cast in the film.

#9 Posted by mattwing87 (433 posts) - - Show Bio

"Michael Bay (who is producing TMNT, not directing it"

What what what? When did this happen? I feel a little bit relieved!

#10 Edited by Smart_Dork_Dude (2638 posts) - - Show Bio

this doesn't make Michael Bay not Michael Bay, and this doesn't make Megan Fox not cast in the film.

Yeah this. However with the fact that the Turtles are not aliens = faith in humanity restored.

#11 Posted by CitizenJP (598 posts) - - Show Bio

#12 Posted by k4tzm4n (44492 posts) - - Show Bio

They better still be mutants

Of course they are.

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#13 Posted by Mbecks14 (2068 posts) - - Show Bio

This gives me hope. I'm keeping my excitement tempered but I will un-blacklist this project

#14 Posted by k4tzm4n (44492 posts) - - Show Bio

"Michael Bay (who is producing TMNT, not directing it"

What what what? When did this happen? I feel a little bit relieved!

Since the very beginning.

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#15 Posted by csantilli27 (181 posts) - - Show Bio

No more alien story huh, okay I'm looking forward to it again

#16 Posted by fables87 (1008 posts) - - Show Bio

Can we not have Megan Fox in the movie. Who can see her as April? Not me!

#17 Posted by BlueLantern1995 (2448 posts) - - Show Bio

@laserlambert said:

this doesn't make Michael Bay not Michael Bay, and this doesn't make Megan Fox not cast in the film.

Yeah this. However with the fact that the Turtles are not aliens = faith in humanity restored.

this though I am sorta interested. This is on the stage Sea of Monsters was at before the trailer...hopefully both movies are better than what I expect and hope.

#18 Edited by Perfect 10 (1064 posts) - - Show Bio

yeah i read the original article i really dont get how people misquoted him unless they were so filled with fan rage they only saw the word alien. i always took it as the krang would be from another planet versus another dimension. i dont know about the original comic but in the current idw book they are from another dimension not planet. and oh michael bay isnt directing he's producing, another lie the fan rage created. at least get the name right of the guy you supposed to be mad at

#19 Posted by StMichalofWilson (3841 posts) - - Show Bio

Alright

#20 Posted by Trodorne (2590 posts) - - Show Bio

im sure the movie will be a delight for the mass audience who don't read books. for me however I will not care about the movie the slightest. I will however be reading the current ongoing series which is and will be 1000x better than what Michael Bay and his film making posse can ever hope to put out.

#21 Edited by zombietag (1494 posts) - - Show Bio

this is going to be terrible

#22 Posted by Crom-Cruach (8867 posts) - - Show Bio

Still think this is going to suck.

#23 Edited by Queso6p4 (1437 posts) - - Show Bio

I am slightly relieved and even though he's only producing it I won't hold my breath. This article did remind me to go to BestBuy (WorstBuy as I call it) and get one of the TMNT movies on blu ray for $5.

#24 Edited by FoxCircuit101 (56 posts) - - Show Bio

I gotta see a trailer before I pass judgement. I'm only surprised no one on Comicvine has gotten on the topic that Kevin Conroy won't be voicing Batman for Arkham Origins! This is huge!

#25 Posted by RigorMortis (87 posts) - - Show Bio

Typical day in the life of Michael Bay: "Michael, did you just kill that man?" "No! That man is still alive!" "But... he doesn't have a head..." "Of course he does! But if he doesn't... Shia LaBeouf and I may or may not be sorry." Michael Bay: Rewriting history and then apologizing for it since 1965.

#26 Posted by joshmightbe (24885 posts) - - Show Bio

The funny thing I noticed about the Alien freak out was that most of the people screaming about the changes were unaware of the actual original source material, like the fact that if they followed their original comic run the movie would be R rated

#27 Edited by thenexusrebound (245 posts) - - Show Bio

Part of me felt some of the rage came from people thinking Bay was the director. That is how many of the media outlets put it "Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". It didn't help either some of the moves that were being rumored were pages out of how he dealt with Transformers. I hope this movie does well, but until I see footage I am going to remain cautious.

#28 Edited by Mr. Kamikaze (526 posts) - - Show Bio

Well now I want them to be aliens...

#29 Posted by Raw_Material (3230 posts) - - Show Bio

^__^

#30 Posted by w0nd (3454 posts) - - Show Bio

This was confirmed a while ago, people just ignored it and kept on b!tching about aliens for what ever reason

#31 Posted by Moby (76 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm just glad they cleared it up because they were losing fans before the movie even came out yet, at least this gets some of them back. Even though Megan Fox is still in the movie

#32 Posted by ParkerLuck (5 posts) - - Show Bio

glad we got that straightened out - but a little bothered by Jonathan Liebesman's resume of some pretty lousy movies. another sign that Bay will have too much influence on the final product. he is truly hell bent on exploiting fan boys and ruining our childhood heroes for the sake of another fat, undeserved paycheck

#33 Posted by M3th (2099 posts) - - Show Bio

I dislike complaining but this isn't news. I feel like we've established for a while now that the turtles will not be aliens. I didn't really learn anything here. I did not discover any real film plot information. oh well

#34 Posted by k4tzm4n (44492 posts) - - Show Bio

@m3th said:

I dislike complaining but this isn't news. I feel like we've established for a while now that the turtles will not be aliens. I didn't really learn anything here. I did not discover any real film plot information. oh well

They haven't specifically stated the Turtles are not aliens until now. They've danced around that, saying everything from "don't worry, it'll be true to the comic!" to "We'll be really surprised by how good it is" to "that old script saw the Shredder!" They never put to ease the concern of a planet full of "Turtles." Now we finally have Bay retracting that statement. For me, it's not a big deal because I've always speculated/hoped he was talking about the ooze, but it's a huge deal to a lot of people and him finally clarifying this is indeed important to them.

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#35 Posted by Smurfboy (480 posts) - - Show Bio

I must be in minor group but as a fan of TMNT, I am really looking forward to the next installment of the movie! Felt like we really need it.

#36 Posted by Loki2u (211 posts) - - Show Bio

@smurfboy said:

I must be in minor group but as a fan of TMNT, I am really looking forward to the next installment of the movie! Felt like we really need it.

I don't think you're in the minority.....most people are just looking for any excuse to complain and a bandwagon starts rolling and everybody wants on without knowing why.

I;m with you and can't wait to see this new adaptation. Special effects today could really do it justice, and I'll hold off judgement until at least a trailer comes out.

#37 Edited by flazam (2496 posts) - - Show Bio

is it a seqeul or a Reboot?

#38 Posted by Miss_Garrick (1757 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm going to lose track of all this TMNT stuff. There are (as of now) 4 tv shows, the first trilogy, the CGI film that had Mako, that one Turtles Forever thing and now this. Plus the latest show is still ongoing, do we need this much TMNTs at once?

#39 Posted by Ninjablade09 (3167 posts) - - Show Bio

@flazam said:

is it a seqeul or a Reboot?

Reboot.

#40 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio

teenage alien silat turtles?

#41 Edited by Lvenger (20058 posts) - - Show Bio

I give this film until the first teaser trailer to prove itself. Then I shall judge whether it's good.

#42 Posted by BlueLantern1995 (2448 posts) - - Show Bio

I gotta see a trailer before I pass judgement. I'm only surprised no one on Comicvine has gotten on the topic that Kevin Conroy won't be voicing Batman for Arkham Origins! This is huge!

WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

#43 Edited by Vitality (1764 posts) - - Show Bio

I have nothing against Megan Fox like most people do.

However, I do not believe she fits the character of April.

To me...April's character is more of a Jenna Fischer (Office) or Amy Adams (Man of Steel) type of character.

#44 Edited by JCT45 (17 posts) - - Show Bio

If your doing damage control for a movie that isn't even in production yet something is wrong.. AND screw this guy.. he totally said they were

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xpi22w_michael-bay-talks-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles_shortfilms

"These turtles are from an alien race... " - Michael Bay

#45 Posted by G_Money_Christmas (883 posts) - - Show Bio

I gotta see a trailer before I pass judgement. I'm only surprised no one on Comicvine has gotten on the topic that Kevin Conroy won't be voicing Batman for Arkham Origins! This is huge!

WHAT?! NO! He is Batman. Batman won't be the same without that voice. Kind of like The Joker isn't the same without Mark Hamill. But I guess Kevin is getting up there in years and this is origins, but still. He is Batman. And we'll see about TMNT. Hopefully we can get a live action that lives up the the original and the cartoon series.

#46 Edited by Vitality (1764 posts) - - Show Bio

@jct45 said:

If your doing damage control for a movie that isn't even in production yet something is wrong.. AND screw this guy.. he totally said they were

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xpi22w_michael-bay-talks-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles_shortfilms

"These turtles are from an alien race... " - Michael Bay

He clearly knows what he is doing. He is pre-hyping the pre-hype.

Look how excited he has people for the Turtles being something they should have been to begin with.

He lied and said they were going to be aliens. People were upset but still wanted to know about the movie and would still watch it.

Now he's saying that they will not be aliens...and will be made from the ooze...like they should be...which has people really excited for the movie.

Moreso then they would be if he had said that to begin with.

#47 Edited by Lady_Shadow (31 posts) - - Show Bio
#48 Edited by Z3RO180 (6564 posts) - - Show Bio

Donat matter if if the movie is good or bad people are still going to cry and moan about something and add the phrase the we all. Love ''michel bay ruined...'' At some point

#49 Posted by TheVowelO (14 posts) - - Show Bio
  
#50 Posted by The Average Bear (2079 posts) - - Show Bio

I gotta see a trailer before I pass judgement. I'm only surprised no one on Comicvine has gotten on the topic that Kevin Conroy won't be voicing Batman for Arkham Origins! This is huge!

Maybe... Kevin Conroy won't be voicing Batman because it's a younger Batman? I dunno. I mean, that's like the only logic I can apply to an otherwise devastating decision.

Why DC, why

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