It’s been a heck of a week for lovers of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles after Michael Bay said plans for a new movie about out pizza loving friends would reveal that they are “from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable”.
After a backlash from fans saying that Bay and co shouldn’t mess with the turtles’ origins, the Transformers director immediately responded saying they needed to “chill” and that “our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story”.
Now it seems that a title has been chosen for the film itself. According to Bleeding Cool the film’s working title might actually just be Ninja Turtles, indicating that the movie might be losing the teenager aspect as well. Supporting this are the forums at Michael Bay’s official site listing the movie as Ninja Turtles as well.
A few days ago director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) waded into the debate saying fans will love what he and his colleagues are planning for the new movie.
Speaking exclusively to comingsoon.net about the criticisms, Liebesman said: “I heard about it, and I’m glad there’s such a passionate fanbase – I think that was good news for everyone – but literally, I’ve just been locked in a room with Kevin Eastman (TMNT creator).
“I think what we’re developing, the fans will love. I’m a fan, and I love what we’re doing. It’s a lot of stuff Kevin’s been thinking about for a long time and just hasn’t done. Anything we expand will tie right into the mythology, so I think fans will go apesh*t when they see it.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be released in December 2013.