Movie News: The Latest On The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 'Alien' Origin Controversy...

Written by Kris Heys Friday, 23 March 2012

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Everybody choked down that chill pill Michael Bay asked us to swallow the other day regarding the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot and its planned exploration of their new ‘alien' origins? We were struggling a little too to be honest (although c'mon, we'd take a re-worked origin over Vanilla Ice any day), but now several other sources close to the production, including original TMNT creators Peter Laird & Kevin Eastman, began jumping to the oft-criticised filmmaker's defense in an attempt to calm us down. While Laird’s blog musings urged fans to simply 'wait and see', “it might actually work”, it was Eastman’s blog response that was more reassuring:

“I had been invited to check out the TMNT film development by my friend Scott Mednick over the years, and a while back had a full look behind the curtain at what writers Appelbaum and Nemec, director Liebesman, and producer Bay are doing--and trust me--it IS AWESOME. I'm officially on board, and will share more as I'm allowed."

Now director Jonathan Liebesman (Bay is only producing here) has thrown in his two cents, and this might just put an end to the outrage once and for all. Speaking to Collider today, the WRATH OF THE TITANS director told them:

“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.”

Ahhhh. Yeah, we forgot about that bit. Feel a bit daft now. Consider us officially chilled, Mr Bay! But if any one of those fellas turns up sporting flames, so help you…

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