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Mar. 26, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

Ninja Turtles

Lots of people have been sharing their thoughts on Michael Bay's statement that the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will be based around the choice to have the Turtles be "an alien race." First the spotlight went to Bay, then it was on director Jonathan Liebesman, then back to Bay, and then over to co-creator Peter Laird.

And now, after all that, there's one big piece of news which has popped up that is even more indicative of the new direction Bay and Liebesman are intending to take the Turtles.  Bleeding Cool has a scoop that the working title for the movie is, in fact:

NINJA TURTLES.  So any ideas that it would maybe be called Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles can be put to rest now.  According to one of the sources who broke this news, this possible change in the title "seems to be driven by marketing. Think of John Carter and how Disney wouldn’t allow for a title with either 'Princess' or 'Mars.'"

Ninja Turtles off of Deviant Art

Oh, right! Right, because I've been hearing everywhere I go about how that worked so well for Disney and everyone just loves the title JOHN CARTER.  Big hit, that one was.  I suppose it makes sense to drop the "Teenage" in light of their alien origins, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a more immediately recognizable name than Edgar Rice Burroughs' creation, but I'm still suspect of using JOHN CARTER as a naming inspiration...

Though to be fair, what else but NINJA TURTLES could the movie be called at this point? And unlike JOHN CARTER, at least the words NINJA TURTLES still tell you something about the movie.  More as it we hear it.

Michael Bay is rather grumpy

Caption contest time - what's Bay saying here?

Extra Tidbit: As long as Liebesman is going with motion capture, considering the BATTLE: LA connection let's have Aaron Eckhart as Shredder!
Source: Bleeding Cool

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2:37AM on 03/28/2012

what always bugged...

me was the fact that they are the only 4 mutant turtles in nyc, why the masks? The turtles were developed as a plot for a pen and paper RPG set in a universe published by Palladium where there are all sorts of mutant animals. There was an episode if tmnt where they were dimension hopping and they ended up in the master universe and it was penciled in a style ala Kevin Eastman, so yeah, they could be aliens, or other dimension beings, or they could go balls out and make the TMNT universe. This
me was the fact that they are the only 4 mutant turtles in nyc, why the masks? The turtles were developed as a plot for a pen and paper RPG set in a universe published by Palladium where there are all sorts of mutant animals. There was an episode if tmnt where they were dimension hopping and they ended up in the master universe and it was penciled in a style ala Kevin Eastman, so yeah, they could be aliens, or other dimension beings, or they could go balls out and make the TMNT universe. This was awesome. Extra Tidbit, Kevin Eastman was married to Julie Strain and owns Heavy Metal magazine. Awesomeus Maximus.
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10:49AM on 03/27/2012

Oh, Bay, Bay, Bay...

"Alright! Back the fuck off or I'll make Splinter a hamster!"
"Alright! Back the fuck off or I'll make Splinter a hamster!"
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10:12AM on 03/27/2012

Caption:

"Picture this: they're aliens. Not mutants. Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles! TAiNTs! Winning, right?!"
"Picture this: they're aliens. Not mutants. Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles! TAiNTs! Winning, right?!"
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8:08AM on 03/27/2012

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Hold the fuck up, I'm talking about giant FUCKING TURTLES!!!
Hold the fuck up, I'm talking about giant FUCKING TURTLES!!!
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4:51AM on 03/27/2012
I wonder if people in the 1920's thought that one day people will be arguing about a movie called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
I wonder if people in the 1920's thought that one day people will be arguing about a movie called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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1:56AM on 03/27/2012

Hmmm

"Gimme just 5 more minutes and i'll be done raping your childhood..."
"Gimme just 5 more minutes and i'll be done raping your childhood..."
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11:49PM on 03/26/2012
"OK, We got Taye Diggs as Raphael, Vin Diesel as Leonardo, Jeff Goldblum as Donnatello, and Shia LaBoeuf as Michaelangelo. Throw in Rihanna for April O'Neil and we got ourselves a blockbuster!"
"OK, We got Taye Diggs as Raphael, Vin Diesel as Leonardo, Jeff Goldblum as Donnatello, and Shia LaBoeuf as Michaelangelo. Throw in Rihanna for April O'Neil and we got ourselves a blockbuster!"
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10:41PM on 03/26/2012
Again, fuck off Michael Bay.
Again, fuck off Michael Bay.
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8:46PM on 03/26/2012

Caption

"Heil Uwe Boll."
"Heil Uwe Boll."
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6:48PM on 03/26/2012
I love how these studio executives feel they have to dumb down everything to "make" the audiences understand what movies are suppossed to be, lets change Princess of Mars so its not mistaken as a movie for girls & lets drop Teenage & Mutant since we are changing the entire format of a well known product. I just don't get what these people are doing thinking we are stupid morons in not knowing what is being made nowadays or plain & simple to try to sucker us in, well audiences got the last
I love how these studio executives feel they have to dumb down everything to "make" the audiences understand what movies are suppossed to be, lets change Princess of Mars so its not mistaken as a movie for girls & lets drop Teenage & Mutant since we are changing the entire format of a well known product. I just don't get what these people are doing thinking we are stupid morons in not knowing what is being made nowadays or plain & simple to try to sucker us in, well audiences got the last laugh now that John Carter bombed.
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4:01PM on 03/26/2012
At this point Bay and company should simply disconnect their Internet connections and make the movie they want to make in secrecy. As much as the changes give me pause, I dislike even more the thought of letting Internet detractors influence an artistic vision. Unless it's something George Lucas is doing because he should totally listen to all of my ideas first. ;)
At this point Bay and company should simply disconnect their Internet connections and make the movie they want to make in secrecy. As much as the changes give me pause, I dislike even more the thought of letting Internet detractors influence an artistic vision. Unless it's something George Lucas is doing because he should totally listen to all of my ideas first. ;)
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3:32PM on 03/26/2012
"This movie's about frogs or something, right? Ah who cares? How many supermodels with no acting experience can we cast?"
"This movie's about frogs or something, right? Ah who cares? How many supermodels with no acting experience can we cast?"
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3:24PM on 03/26/2012
This is a great idea! You don't need the words Teenage and Mutant in the title to know what it's about. When they remake Ghostbusters, they should just call it Busters. And when they remake Superman, they should just call it Man.
This is a great idea! You don't need the words Teenage and Mutant in the title to know what it's about. When they remake Ghostbusters, they should just call it Busters. And when they remake Superman, they should just call it Man.
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2:59PM on 03/26/2012
The title isn't bad, but I'm also holding off judgement on the whole "alien" thing. I think it's interesting how the Internet has exploded over that little comment. For all we know, by "alien", they could just mean having the ooze that mutated the turtles be of alien origin and the movie will explore that. I think that would actually be a fresh take on things. Now, if they do really plan on having these be ninja turtles that have come to Earth on flying turtle-shell shaped saucers or
The title isn't bad, but I'm also holding off judgement on the whole "alien" thing. I think it's interesting how the Internet has exploded over that little comment. For all we know, by "alien", they could just mean having the ooze that mutated the turtles be of alien origin and the movie will explore that. I think that would actually be a fresh take on things. Now, if they do really plan on having these be ninja turtles that have come to Earth on flying turtle-shell shaped saucers or something... yeah, kind of dumb. But the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in general sounds kind of dumb on paper so who the hell knows how this will play out.
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2:37PM on 03/26/2012
"Theres five turtles right?"
Like the name btw. Simple and pretty much what everyone refers to them as anyways.
"Theres five turtles right?"
Like the name btw. Simple and pretty much what everyone refers to them as anyways.
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2:33PM on 03/26/2012
I think everyone is starting off on the wrong foot.
This is just the beginning. There can be TONS of changes with in a year or so.
TMNT was already taken, and spelling out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is quite a hefty title despite that what they are. Ninja Turtles, short and sweet. People know what they are. This is a grand scale movie they are working on. It is just the beginning. Let us judge the movie, when there is actually a movie made. Don't judge over words about a movie that hasn't
I think everyone is starting off on the wrong foot.
This is just the beginning. There can be TONS of changes with in a year or so.
TMNT was already taken, and spelling out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is quite a hefty title despite that what they are. Ninja Turtles, short and sweet. People know what they are. This is a grand scale movie they are working on. It is just the beginning. Let us judge the movie, when there is actually a movie made. Don't judge over words about a movie that hasn't begun shooting.
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1:19PM on 03/26/2012

wait is Disney behind this?

should we be expecting something along the lines of John Carter... you know, like this being retitled again to TURTLES

lol
should we be expecting something along the lines of John Carter... you know, like this being retitled again to TURTLES

lol
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1:18PM on 03/26/2012

Caption

"Five, fans. Five... That's how many more houses I have than your parents whose basement you live in. That's how many more supermodels I have a night than you. That's how many more lines of coke I do an hour than you. That's how many more sports cars I drive than you...

"...That's how many BILLIONS of dollars more my films have grossed than the ones you've been making in your head since you were a kid. Now sit down, turn on some porn, and shut the fuck up."
"Five, fans. Five... That's how many more houses I have than your parents whose basement you live in. That's how many more supermodels I have a night than you. That's how many more lines of coke I do an hour than you. That's how many more sports cars I drive than you...

"...That's how many BILLIONS of dollars more my films have grossed than the ones you've been making in your head since you were a kid. Now sit down, turn on some porn, and shut the fuck up."
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1:15PM on 03/26/2012
Caption: Talk to the hand because as usual my brain is switched off.
Caption: Talk to the hand because as usual my brain is switched off.
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1:10PM on 03/26/2012
Caption: (Bay doing an Andrew Dice Clay voice) "Your childhoods? I fucked 'em!"
Caption: (Bay doing an Andrew Dice Clay voice) "Your childhoods? I fucked 'em!"
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12:58PM on 03/26/2012
Caption: "Look, you fans can go fuck yourselves, I'm doing what I want to do."

"Like Always".
Caption: "Look, you fans can go fuck yourselves, I'm doing what I want to do."

"Like Always".
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12:44PM on 03/26/2012

Caption:

"You haven't even heard my idea for our next franchise film...Thundercats from underwater...It works on so many levels..Seriously!
"You haven't even heard my idea for our next franchise film...Thundercats from underwater...It works on so many levels..Seriously!
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11:42AM on 03/26/2012
Caption:

"I have things to blow up and supermodels to bang, I don't have time for fanboys."
Caption:

"I have things to blow up and supermodels to bang, I don't have time for fanboys."
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11:21AM on 03/26/2012

Fuck this movie.

Alien origins or not. Shit directors, and shit producers that work for a shit production company that make shit films will shit all over this franchise.
Shit.
Alien origins or not. Shit directors, and shit producers that work for a shit production company that make shit films will shit all over this franchise.
Shit.
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11:16AM on 03/26/2012

Can we calm down about the alien stuff?

Please? It's in the comics. TCRI (what became TGRI in the 2nd movie) has connections to a group of Aliens. Thus the ooze has alien origins. Thus the Turtles have alien origins.

The idea isn't that the turtles came down from outer space fully formed. It's going to be the turtles we all know already.
Please? It's in the comics. TCRI (what became TGRI in the 2nd movie) has connections to a group of Aliens. Thus the ooze has alien origins. Thus the Turtles have alien origins.

The idea isn't that the turtles came down from outer space fully formed. It's going to be the turtles we all know already.
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2:12PM on 03/26/2012
"The idea isn't that the turtles came down from outer space fully formed. It's going to be the turtles we all know already" Really, you've read the script? If not, then how the hell do you know?
"The idea isn't that the turtles came down from outer space fully formed. It's going to be the turtles we all know already" Really, you've read the script? If not, then how the hell do you know?
10:57AM on 03/26/2012
I just hope Rapheal still has his anger issues. That's what made him my favorite Turtle in the original.
I just hope Rapheal still has his anger issues. That's what made him my favorite Turtle in the original.
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10:51AM on 03/26/2012
"Hey guys, can we get another sponsor logo here? If people know what childhood dream I'm blowing up now they'll never watch it."
"Hey guys, can we get another sponsor logo here? If people know what childhood dream I'm blowing up now they'll never watch it."
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10:25AM on 03/26/2012

Caption

"I swear to God, Carl!.. If you don't stay your ass in the house this time..."
"I swear to God, Carl!.. If you don't stay your ass in the house this time..."
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10:25AM on 03/26/2012
I actually like the title, even though I won't be seeing it (I wasn't gonna see it before they were aliens unless certain nostalgic demands were met). It does clear up something that's bothered me since I was a teenager: How the hell are these guys teenagers? Eighteen, maybe (in turtle years, which actually stirs up more issues, I'm just gonna shut up now).
I actually like the title, even though I won't be seeing it (I wasn't gonna see it before they were aliens unless certain nostalgic demands were met). It does clear up something that's bothered me since I was a teenager: How the hell are these guys teenagers? Eighteen, maybe (in turtle years, which actually stirs up more issues, I'm just gonna shut up now).
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10:24AM on 03/26/2012
At least they were sometimes called "Ninja Turtles" (mainly by Shredder). Speaking of Shredder, maybe with all these changes, they will make him something more fitting for his name as well? A cheese grater from the "big cheese in the sky"? Bring his friends down as well, the Decepticons?

Caption: "I got this guise. I did Transformers. Same ballpark. In Bay we trust!"
At least they were sometimes called "Ninja Turtles" (mainly by Shredder). Speaking of Shredder, maybe with all these changes, they will make him something more fitting for his name as well? A cheese grater from the "big cheese in the sky"? Bring his friends down as well, the Decepticons?

Caption: "I got this guise. I did Transformers. Same ballpark. In Bay we trust!"
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10:22AM on 03/26/2012

Caption:

"Don't worry, there will be a minimum of 15 explosions."

I will hold back judgement until we actually see screens and whatnot. Maybe they play it off as they THINK they are aliens but only come to realize they were created by pollution and there is some italian indian crying in the background... Idk I am really on a tangent here.
"Don't worry, there will be a minimum of 15 explosions."

I will hold back judgement until we actually see screens and whatnot. Maybe they play it off as they THINK they are aliens but only come to realize they were created by pollution and there is some italian indian crying in the background... Idk I am really on a tangent here.
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10:15AM on 03/26/2012

obviously the whole alien thing is ridiculous

but i, and im sure most have always called them "Ninja Turtles" anyway. You actually sound ridiculous if you say all 4 words, like an actor in a commercial inexplicably talking about a product "that's why I use new Bayer Extra Strength 24 hour pm tablets." you get my drift.
but i, and im sure most have always called them "Ninja Turtles" anyway. You actually sound ridiculous if you say all 4 words, like an actor in a commercial inexplicably talking about a product "that's why I use new Bayer Extra Strength 24 hour pm tablets." you get my drift.
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9:44AM on 03/26/2012
"Smell my fingers."
"Smell my fingers."
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9:38AM on 03/26/2012
"And here is what I showed Megan Fox when she started complaining to much. What did the 5 fingers say to the face, shut up #$%^&!"

And that would be my same advice I would give to bay on this movie.
"And here is what I showed Megan Fox when she started complaining to much. What did the 5 fingers say to the face, shut up #$%^&!"

And that would be my same advice I would give to bay on this movie.
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9:36AM on 03/26/2012

Hmm..

You took that title quote completely out of context to serve your article. In the article it says changing the name may prove to be a bad/risky move and then the author stated John Carter as an example. Poor reporting my friend.
You took that title quote completely out of context to serve your article. In the article it says changing the name may prove to be a bad/risky move and then the author stated John Carter as an example. Poor reporting my friend.
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9:27AM on 03/26/2012

Caption

Spielberg, Lucas back the fuck off, I got this. It's my turn to rape everybody's childhood.
Why don't they just call it teenage alien initiative ninja turtles. TAINT for short, this idea smells like a smelly rotten taint, it taints memories, 't ain't the ninja turtles of my childhood. Works on so many levels.
Spielberg, Lucas back the fuck off, I got this. It's my turn to rape everybody's childhood.
Why don't they just call it teenage alien initiative ninja turtles. TAINT for short, this idea smells like a smelly rotten taint, it taints memories, 't ain't the ninja turtles of my childhood. Works on so many levels.
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9:21AM on 03/26/2012

sidekick

"These are not the turtles you're looking for..."
"These are not the turtles you're looking for..."
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9:03AM on 03/26/2012
Bay: "Forget the Alien/Mutant issue. Get this: transforming Turtle Van vs. Bay-ified Shredder!"
Bay: "Forget the Alien/Mutant issue. Get this: transforming Turtle Van vs. Bay-ified Shredder!"
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9:03AM on 03/26/2012
Bay: "Forget the Alien/Mutant issue. Get this: transforming Turtle Van vs. Bay-ified Shredder!"
Bay: "Forget the Alien/Mutant issue. Get this: transforming Turtle Van vs. Bay-ified Shredder!"
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8:30AM on 03/26/2012
"Clear your minds...The Turtles were always aliens...you will oBay..."
"Clear your minds...The Turtles were always aliens...you will oBay..."
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9:04AM on 03/26/2012
Haha, I love the "oBay" part.
Haha, I love the "oBay" part.
8:26AM on 03/26/2012
"Look. I will NOT answer another question about the racist robots."
"Look. I will NOT answer another question about the racist robots."
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8:18AM on 03/26/2012

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"She's got a GREAT ASS!......and you got your head all the way up it."

Im bored of this, i loved the Turtles as a kid but im a grown up now, we're no longer the market for this movie, just accept it and move on already.
"She's got a GREAT ASS!......and you got your head all the way up it."

Im bored of this, i loved the Turtles as a kid but im a grown up now, we're no longer the market for this movie, just accept it and move on already.
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8:16AM on 03/26/2012
I don't mind the movie being called 'Ninja Turtles', it's to the point and is what everyone calles the franchise in daily speak anyways! ..what I do mind, is everything else so far!
I don't mind the movie being called 'Ninja Turtles', it's to the point and is what everyone calles the franchise in daily speak anyways! ..what I do mind, is everything else so far!
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8:13AM on 03/26/2012
It's a no brainer. Dropping the Teenage and Mutant frees them from having to make the characters teenage or mutant. So they can be any age, and they can be aliens or humanoids or even cyborgs if he wants. Yeah, this is turning out well, just like Transformers.

And to save time for any rebuttals, I don't give two craps about how much money the Tranformers movies made. So save your weak sauce for someone else, please.
It's a no brainer. Dropping the Teenage and Mutant frees them from having to make the characters teenage or mutant. So they can be any age, and they can be aliens or humanoids or even cyborgs if he wants. Yeah, this is turning out well, just like Transformers.

And to save time for any rebuttals, I don't give two craps about how much money the Tranformers movies made. So save your weak sauce for someone else, please.
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9:03AM on 03/26/2012
He should just change their damn names and colors they wear. Also switch up their weapons. It's going to be a knock off from the original anyways, so why half-ass it.
He should just change their damn names and colors they wear. Also switch up their weapons. It's going to be a knock off from the original anyways, so why half-ass it.
8:06AM on 03/26/2012

Caption

"Lulz! I got my troll face on! Goodbye quality filmmaking and hello money, aliens, CGI and explosions!"
"Lulz! I got my troll face on! Goodbye quality filmmaking and hello money, aliens, CGI and explosions!"
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7:58AM on 03/26/2012

Caption

"See this? I can destroy your childhood with just ONE hand!"
"See this? I can destroy your childhood with just ONE hand!"
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