Michael Bay Talks "Ninja Turtles" Revamp

As many of you saw in Nathan's post a few days back, Paramount Pictures has finalized plans to remake the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" franchise. For any of us nostalgic types, this is excellent news (I mean, which one of us didn't own at least one of those films from the early 90s??).

News today, thanks to Yahoo! Movies, is that not only have they set plans for the remake, they've also brought in Michael Bay to produce and oversee the entire project (Nathan, I know how pumped you are for this). And not a moment later, Bay was in front of a reporter discussing his plans for the upcoming installment. Overall, I'd say his comments have me more curious than anything.

Check out a few of Bay's ideas after the break.

So the first thing worth noting from these thoughts is that he really doesn't plan for them to be "mutants" at all:
"The turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely loveable."
That's interesting. As far as all of us know, they came across some radioactive ooze in a sewer as babies, and magically transformed into these beings. That's the story I know. I don't know how I feel about them being aliens... He also made a point to say, however:
"When you see this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie."
That's an odd statement, and I'm sure Bay has some specific plot ideas in mind for that statement that he's being incredibly coy with at the moment.

Bottom line, I'm not sure I feel one way or the other about Bay being the backer of this film. If nothing else, at least we know it will have a substancial budget and it should look awesome.

Also worth noting in the article from Yahoo! Movies is that Jonathan Liebesman, director of the upcoming "Wrath of the Titans" is set to direct. We'll see what he does with his most-recent venture in a few weeks, and I should have better feelings about this then.

For now though, at least we're getting a modern live-action Turtles movie. I'm just excited I'll get to see them on screen again!

What do you guys think of the news of Bay and Liebesman being the men behind this film?


  1. I actually was gonna write about this article as well. First, I love that Michael Bay is a producer for this film, and for the exact same reason Alex stated. Budget wise, it will have the opportunity to be as big as it needs to be. I have no worries about the special effects for the film.

    With Liebesman: he doesn't have a very extensive filmography, but I'm definitely excited for "Wrath of the Titans". We'll have to see how that goes before I can really get any indication on his style for directing.

    The main thing I took away from this article, is that this film has already been given the kiss of death: Michael Bay's name attached to it. The second it was announced that Bay was involved, any chance of this film getting a fair shot in terms of public, or critical perception was killed. You don't believe me, scroll through the comment section of any site where this story is running; its nothing but pure hatred. I say it anytime I reference Michael Bay: People hating on him is like all the popular kids back in school hating "Star Wars" because they thought they would look like nerds if they admitted they liked it. Hating Michael Bay is the cool thing to do. If everyone hates his films so much, why does everyone still see them. I'm not saying everything he's done is perfect, but his films certainly aren't as bad as critics make them sound.

    Oh well, the vast majority of the film community will proceed to trash the film before they ever see a second of footage. Then they'll still buy a ticket, and regardless of how good or bad the movie is, they'll say its the worst thing they've ever seen. At the same time, I will keep an open mind, while not holding a movie about crime fighting turtles to the same standard I hold potential Oscar films.

  2. Wonder what model with sub par acting skills will get the part of April.


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