When you hear TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, what do you think of? Do you think of martial arts? Do you think of pizza? Do you think of crime fighting? Of course! Do you think of aliens? Not so much.
Michael Bay, producer of the upcoming TMNT flick directed by Jonathan Liebesman, was speaking about the film at the Nickelodeon upfronts (Nickelodeon is involved through Paramount even though this will be a movie and not a TV show). At the event, Bay dropped this bombshell:
“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. These turtles are from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable.”
Wh-wh-whaaaaaaaaa?! Aliens? What is going on here? Did Bay just misspeak or is this reboot really going to change the origins of the characters?
To be fair, toying around with the backstory isn’t the end of the world but turning them into aliens just seems odd. What’s the reason? Are aliens more believable than shoebox turtles mutated by ooze? Does the altered story have something to do with the plot of the film? Are they going to battling extra-terrestrials in the new film?
I’m really holding out hope that Bay is just misinformed.