If you're not up to date on the drama, follow along here, here, and here. That should get you started. Today, Bay went back to his site to confirm yet another little tidbit for the film - 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' will not only be dropping the Mutant from the storyline as we've already heard, you can now consider it gone from the title as well. The newest installment for the franchise will simple be: "Ninja Turtles".
Check out Bay's most recent comments on the subject below.
Here's what Bay said today:
Paramount marketing changed the name. They made the title simple. The characters you all remember are exactly the same, and yes they still act like teenagers. Everything you remember, why you liked the characters, is in the movie. This script is being developed by two very smart writers, with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles. They care VERY MUCH about making this film for the fans. Everyone on this team cares about the fans. Just give them a chance. Jonathan the director, is a major fan of the whole franchise. HE'S NOT GOING TO LET YOU DOWN.Man, you can practically FEEL how pissed off Bay is in these comments. Don't get me wrong, I've been a fan of the Ninja Turtles my whole life - they were the only action figures I ever really owned, and I had ALL of them - but I think I've been on Bay's side with most of this. I love the Turtles and I can't wait to see them grace the screens again, but is it going to be that painful for us to have the story - and title - altered a little? I think he's right that people need to give this film a chance. I do hope that he doesn't "ruin" the franchise, but there's no way I'm going to get all worked-up about anything that's been said of the film thus far. For all we know, Bay might put together the best Turtles film we've ever seen.
Plus, the name thing doesn't bother me too much. I understand them wanting this to be a new chapter for the franchise, much like "TMNT" was a few years back. This title will be cleaner and easier for younger generations to absorb - who most of would probably give up on reading before they could even finish. Four whole words in a title!
Whichever side you stand on, there's no doubt that it's got the entire country buzzing about the film though. And there's no such thing as bad publicity, right?
What do you guys think?