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Michael Bay clarifies the "alien" aspect of the Ninja Turtles reboot and what made him want to do Transformers 4

Apr. 29, 2013by:

Fresh off his weekend win with PAIN AND GAIN, director Michael Bay had a chat with Moviefone where he answered a number of questions, while clarifying the "rumor heard 'round the world" about the "alien" aspect of the upcoming Jonathan Liebesman directed NINJA TURTLES (it's still unclear if they've reverted to the full title yet, although it was promoted with it at cinemacon). What sparked the biggest amount of Bay-cklash I've ever seen, the infamous director noted that the heroes in a half shell would be an "alien race" rather than the mutated beings we'd all become accustomed to. Now, it appears that Bay was either misquoted, misspoke, or somewhere in the middle, as he clarifies by saying:

There was that quote saying that we’re making [the Ninja Turtles as] aliens. We’re not. It’s the ooze! It’s from the original source material. These are from the original writers, and I never went out to correct myself in the press. I do listen to the fans and I do want this to be authentic. I think they’re going to be really happy with this movie. When I see the digital stuff, the turtles look great.

The ooze is, in fact, derived from an alien source, most notably by the Utroms, commonly known as The Krang, who shield their earthly presence with the fake research institute T.C.R.I.  So, it's possible that Bay simply didn't dive into the rabbit hole after his comment, because, well, the Turtles are technically derived from aliens in the form of the alien ooze, thus making them somewhat alien. Facts are facts.

In addition, Bay clarified his reasoning for returning to the TRANSFORMERS franchise with TRANSFORMERS 4, which had a lot to do with the ride at Universal and his territorial feelings toward the property.

Yeah, and this is literally a true story. I went to the [Transformers] ride in Universal, and there’s a two-and-a-half-hour line, and you just see all these kids -- it’s the most popular ride they’ve had since Jurassic Park -- and I’m like... It’s hard to let go of your franchise. You don’t want someone to f*ck it up. So I at least wanted to set it up on some good footing. Because you’re going to get a different kind of director [who is] not going to want to follow in my footsteps. Directors feel very territorial. So they’re going to go to a more inexperienced director. It’s just the way Hollywood works. And I’m thinking, “God, so I’ll redesign it, set it up... Someone’s gonna f*ck this up. This is way too big of a thing.” And I’m looking at all these kids and I’m like, “F*ck, I gotta do one more.” And then I brought Mark [Wahlberg] into it. So now we’ve got a movie star, we’ve got full redesigns. At least it’ll be on good footing.

I'm looking forward to NINJA TURTLES and am keeping an open mind. We haven't heard much of anything from Liebesman, who is actually directing, and with the majority of the cast assembled and cameras rolling, I'm hoping for a good show. As a lifelong fan of TMNT, I'm hoping to see an updated, kick-ass adaptation. Here's to hoping. As for TRANSFORMERS 4? Eh, whatever.

NINJA TURTLES, starring Megan Fox, Adam Ritchson, Will Arnett, Noel Fisher, Danny Woodburn, Jeremy Howard, and Pete Ploszeck is slated to mutate on June 6, 2014, while TRANSFORMERS 4, starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, and Stanley Tucci transforms on June 27, 2014.

Hey, just be glad you aren't seeing this version of the Turtles being adapted...

Extra Tidbit: Looks like a lot of Bayhem next June, eh?

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6:03PM on 05/09/2013

ROFLOL!!!!!!!!

OMG!! SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE NINJA TURTLES!! I can't stop laughing!! OMG....the huge dicks!!
OMG!! SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE NINJA TURTLES!! I can't stop laughing!! OMG....the huge dicks!!
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9:44PM on 05/01/2013

Bayhem indeed.

so the Teenage Alien Invasion Ninja Turtles (TAINT) has been thankfully solved. Unfortunately we will still have to endure Transformers 4 a.k.a. (WTF4)
so the Teenage Alien Invasion Ninja Turtles (TAINT) has been thankfully solved. Unfortunately we will still have to endure Transformers 4 a.k.a. (WTF4)
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8:46PM on 04/30/2013

IDK man...

I am getting fuckin freaked out by the way the turtles look LOL they are scary as fuck. Not going to lie. But I Am praying this movie is going to be awesome. it cant' fail.
I am getting fuckin freaked out by the way the turtles look LOL they are scary as fuck. Not going to lie. But I Am praying this movie is going to be awesome. it cant' fail.
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6:15PM on 04/30/2013
Oh, I see, so there were no movie stars in Transformers until Mark Wahlberg joined. Way to insult your entire cast Bay. This is the epitome of a Hollywood bighead who doesn't pay attention to reality. Just because a franchise makes money, doesn't mean it's good. I think, if we actually were in an Idiocracy situation, and that movie Ass existed, Bay would have some part in it.
Oh, I see, so there were no movie stars in Transformers until Mark Wahlberg joined. Way to insult your entire cast Bay. This is the epitome of a Hollywood bighead who doesn't pay attention to reality. Just because a franchise makes money, doesn't mean it's good. I think, if we actually were in an Idiocracy situation, and that movie Ass existed, Bay would have some part in it.
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1:45PM on 04/30/2013
TF - Good Movie
TF2 - Decent Movie - Kind of put me to sleep with all the fast transforming shit
TF3 - Fucking Fantastic - I especially love how (due to the 3D I'm guessing) they slowed shit down so I can actually see who and what was happening. And people jumping out of planes in gliding suits during war is always cool.
TF - Good Movie
TF2 - Decent Movie - Kind of put me to sleep with all the fast transforming shit
TF3 - Fucking Fantastic - I especially love how (due to the 3D I'm guessing) they slowed shit down so I can actually see who and what was happening. And people jumping out of planes in gliding suits during war is always cool.
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11:40AM on 04/30/2013
Bay is a terrible director, end of story. You think Pain & Gain is his best work. Well thats only because Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Captain America & Thor) wrote the script.
Bay is a terrible director, end of story. You think Pain & Gain is his best work. Well thats only because Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Captain America & Thor) wrote the script.
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11:28AM on 04/30/2013

"Its hard to let go of your franchise.

You dont want someone to f*ck it up." ...
AH AH AH AH AH AH !!!!!!!
HI HI HI HI HI ! OH OH OH OH !
This quote must be the funniest thing Michael Bay has ever been attached to.
You dont want someone to f*ck it up." ...
AH AH AH AH AH AH !!!!!!!
HI HI HI HI HI ! OH OH OH OH !
This quote must be the funniest thing Michael Bay has ever been attached to.
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1:32PM on 04/30/2013
I don't know about that. This is Michael Bay we're talking about.
I don't know about that. This is Michael Bay we're talking about.
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10:04AM on 04/30/2013

Sounds like`

He's back tracking to me. I mean how long has that bit about them being aliens been out for? Months? If it were never aliens and has always been the ooze why is it only now they are stating that? He never went out and corrected himself cause it was the way they were probably were going to do it but have now rewritten the ooze back in it.

As to the T4 nonsense he fears these things cause they are true. A different wouldn't follow is footsteps cause he'd probably against the idea of treading
He's back tracking to me. I mean how long has that bit about them being aliens been out for? Months? If it were never aliens and has always been the ooze why is it only now they are stating that? He never went out and corrected himself cause it was the way they were probably were going to do it but have now rewritten the ooze back in it.

As to the T4 nonsense he fears these things cause they are true. A different wouldn't follow is footsteps cause he'd probably against the idea of treading shit all over our childhoods.
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6:05AM on 04/30/2013

What a pompous ass

Seriously, what a douche. An inexperienced director? Give me a break. I bet we'd get a director who actually gives a shit about Transformers and made an even halfway decent movie out of it. I hope TMNT bombs too.
Seriously, what a douche. An inexperienced director? Give me a break. I bet we'd get a director who actually gives a shit about Transformers and made an even halfway decent movie out of it. I hope TMNT bombs too.
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5:58AM on 04/30/2013
Well I am a fan of all of his films except Pearl Harbor & about Transformers, there is only so much you can do with a movie about alien robots who transform & he added his own style. People can hate on him all they want, but he has never apologized for the types of movies he makes, they are popcorn action films & yes he has made tons of money. As far as the Turtles movie, he is only producing not directing & well I am bit too old to really care if it will be good or not, i don't really have
Well I am a fan of all of his films except Pearl Harbor & about Transformers, there is only so much you can do with a movie about alien robots who transform & he added his own style. People can hate on him all they want, but he has never apologized for the types of movies he makes, they are popcorn action films & yes he has made tons of money. As far as the Turtles movie, he is only producing not directing & well I am bit too old to really care if it will be good or not, i don't really have anyone to enjoy it with, I was 12 when the first movie came out.
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11:19AM on 04/30/2013
Umm, didn't he just apologize for Armageddon? And for most people, they say that's his better film.
Umm, didn't he just apologize for Armageddon? And for most people, they say that's his better film.
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2:08AM on 04/30/2013

LIESSS

He has dug such a whole, anyone and everyone should know what happened a year ago..
March 2012 Michael Bay was filmed saying, These turtles are from an alien race
The day after Bay says, "to calm down and shut up about it." but apparently Bay feels "I do listen to the fans"
Now Recent Events... Production was halted, a Re-Write has taken place.. Then a week after the re-write "I do listen to the fans and I do want this to be authentic."
Oh and lets not forget his famous quote I
He has dug such a whole, anyone and everyone should know what happened a year ago..
March 2012 Michael Bay was filmed saying, These turtles are from an alien race
The day after Bay says, "to calm down and shut up about it." but apparently Bay feels "I do listen to the fans"
Now Recent Events... Production was halted, a Re-Write has taken place.. Then a week after the re-write "I do listen to the fans and I do want this to be authentic."
Oh and lets not forget his famous quote I dont change my style for anybody. Pussies do that.
How anyone could respect this man is beyond me, the way he carries himself, and the way he speaks is the same way he films, TRASH!
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11:42PM on 04/29/2013
"Its hard to let go of your franchise. You dont want someone to f*ck it up."

Well, look who's talking and all that. I'm looking forward to riding the Transformers ride as much as anyone else, but it isn't *his* franchise. And theme park attractions can work even when based on films that initially didn't (like that Waterworld stunt show in the same park).
"Its hard to let go of your franchise. You dont want someone to f*ck it up."

Well, look who's talking and all that. I'm looking forward to riding the Transformers ride as much as anyone else, but it isn't *his* franchise. And theme park attractions can work even when based on films that initially didn't (like that Waterworld stunt show in the same park).
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11:36PM on 04/29/2013
He wants to make the turtles movie authentic? Last time I checked, April was an intelligent, charming, down-to-earth character; not a whiny, trashy-looking skank whose plastic surgery riddled, botox filled face looks more alien than an Utrom. Also, April doesn't dye her hair red. In the original comics, her hair is black. In the cartoons and the first movie, she's a natural redhead. Megan Fox's horrible dye job looks phoney as hell. Sam Raimi had sense enough to make Kirsten Dunst wear a red
He wants to make the turtles movie authentic? Last time I checked, April was an intelligent, charming, down-to-earth character; not a whiny, trashy-looking skank whose plastic surgery riddled, botox filled face looks more alien than an Utrom. Also, April doesn't dye her hair red. In the original comics, her hair is black. In the cartoons and the first movie, she's a natural redhead. Megan Fox's horrible dye job looks phoney as hell. Sam Raimi had sense enough to make Kirsten Dunst wear a red wig, which ended up looking a thousand times more realistic than Megan's gutter trash red slop job.
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2:47AM on 04/30/2013
But you are still going to get a boner when "April" is wearing shorts that don't cover her ass.
But you are still going to get a boner when "April" is wearing shorts that don't cover her ass.
8:42AM on 04/30/2013
I agree with you about Megan´s hair but the pics we have seen are so low quality that I have hopes in camara looks better. About Kirsten, she only wear the wig in the first one, for 2&3 she died her hair and in fact seemed much more natural.
I agree with you about Megan´s hair but the pics we have seen are so low quality that I have hopes in camara looks better. About Kirsten, she only wear the wig in the first one, for 2&3 she died her hair and in fact seemed much more natural.
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10:57PM on 04/29/2013
Nobody eff it up because I eff it up first. HA!
Nobody eff it up because I eff it up first. HA!
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10:52PM on 04/29/2013
Pain And Gain might be worth checking out.
Transformers 4 and TMNT... not so much.
Pain And Gain might be worth checking out.
Transformers 4 and TMNT... not so much.
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10:20PM on 04/29/2013
Soooo...this was a big point of contention for me, the whole alien aspect. But yeah, can't get too excited with it being dispelled either.
Soooo...this was a big point of contention for me, the whole alien aspect. But yeah, can't get too excited with it being dispelled either.
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9:55PM on 04/29/2013
Someone already fucked up Transformers, Michael. It was you!
Someone already fucked up Transformers, Michael. It was you!
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9:48PM on 04/29/2013
Everything about that headline is fail.
Everything about that headline is fail.
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9:44PM on 04/29/2013

"You dont want someone to f*ck it up."

So essentially Bay's just saying, "Hey you don't get to f*ckup Transformers! Only I get to f*ckup Transformers!"
So essentially Bay's just saying, "Hey you don't get to f*ckup Transformers! Only I get to f*ckup Transformers!"
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9:14PM on 04/29/2013

btw

april oneil in the header pic looks exactly like emma watson in the thumbnail under "cool external links"
april oneil in the header pic looks exactly like emma watson in the thumbnail under "cool external links"
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9:14PM on 04/29/2013

LOL!!!!!

"Its hard to let go of your franchise. You dont want someone to f*ck it up.".....How can they f*ck up what you already f*cked up, Bay?....Hell, it's been f*cked since the first movie.
"Its hard to let go of your franchise. You dont want someone to f*ck it up.".....How can they f*ck up what you already f*cked up, Bay?....Hell, it's been f*cked since the first movie.
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9:08PM on 04/29/2013
i'm calling BS on bay. they WERE alien turtles. if it had been ooze all along, he would have said something much much earlier. i mean, if he has enough time to clear up the beef with guillermo del toro based on some rumor from a comment from some reporter, then he would have cleared up "Alien turtles" immediately too. i think the delay in his comment was the time it took them to confirm and go with the re-write.
i'm calling BS on bay. they WERE alien turtles. if it had been ooze all along, he would have said something much much earlier. i mean, if he has enough time to clear up the beef with guillermo del toro based on some rumor from a comment from some reporter, then he would have cleared up "Alien turtles" immediately too. i think the delay in his comment was the time it took them to confirm and go with the re-write.
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8:58PM on 04/29/2013
So, should someone break it to Bay that Transformers was an insanely popular franchise long before he ever touched it? That he is the very director that he is complaining about. He IS the guy who came along and fucked it all up.
So, should someone break it to Bay that Transformers was an insanely popular franchise long before he ever touched it? That he is the very director that he is complaining about. He IS the guy who came along and fucked it all up.
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9:10PM on 04/29/2013
i'd check transformers toy sales 1 year before and 1 year after after the first movie released. though i'm not the biggest michael bay fan, he (well, the movie specifically) gets some credit.
i'd check transformers toy sales 1 year before and 1 year after after the first movie released. though i'm not the biggest michael bay fan, he (well, the movie specifically) gets some credit.
9:32PM on 04/29/2013
Toy sells were down because there wasn't a major Transformers cartoon out during this time. The movie put the brand back in the spotlight, but the brand had legions of fans spanning several generations. It's built-in fanbase is why the movie is popular. Anyone could have made that Transformers movie, and it would have been just as popular.
Toy sells were down because there wasn't a major Transformers cartoon out during this time. The movie put the brand back in the spotlight, but the brand had legions of fans spanning several generations. It's built-in fanbase is why the movie is popular. Anyone could have made that Transformers movie, and it would have been just as popular.
8:58PM on 04/29/2013
if they pull Krang, I want the pink dude in a giant robot
if they pull Krang, I want the pink dude in a giant robot
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8:56PM on 04/29/2013

It's a little known fact...

In the original comics, the "ooze" is the same radioactive material that blinds Matt Murdock and gives him his heightened senses and radar. Of course, they couldn't use the names because of copyrights, but the scene is the same. The canister then falls into the sewer and changes the turtles and splinter.
In the original comics, the "ooze" is the same radioactive material that blinds Matt Murdock and gives him his heightened senses and radar. Of course, they couldn't use the names because of copyrights, but the scene is the same. The canister then falls into the sewer and changes the turtles and splinter.
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8:52PM on 04/29/2013

I'm looking forward to TMNT.

I loved the original 3 as a kid but they're bad, specifically 2 and 3. They need to bring back the darker tone and some use of their damn weapons (unlike TMNT II).
I loved the original 3 as a kid but they're bad, specifically 2 and 3. They need to bring back the darker tone and some use of their damn weapons (unlike TMNT II).
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8:57PM on 04/29/2013
The first one is and always will be the best one. But I love the second one. It's a fun entertaining film.

Plus we got the incredible "Go Ninja, go ninja go" scene.
The first one is and always will be the best one. But I love the second one. It's a fun entertaining film.

Plus we got the incredible "Go Ninja, go ninja go" scene.
9:13PM on 04/29/2013
TMNTII: TSOTO is one of the greatest films of all time. it goes

3) vertigo
2) TMNTII: TSOTO
1) citizen kane
TMNTII: TSOTO is one of the greatest films of all time. it goes

3) vertigo
2) TMNTII: TSOTO
1) citizen kane
6:03AM on 04/30/2013
I wish I could give you a handshake for that comment, TAE K.
I wish I could give you a handshake for that comment, TAE K.
8:42PM on 04/29/2013
You mean the paycheck didn't make Bay want to come back?

I can somewhat respect him doing one more film for the fans that actually enjoyed his films. I know there's a small minority on this site (at least I think).
You mean the paycheck didn't make Bay want to come back?

I can somewhat respect him doing one more film for the fans that actually enjoyed his films. I know there's a small minority on this site (at least I think).
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9:04PM on 04/29/2013
how is he servicing the fans of the transformers movies by rebooting and redesigning them?
how is he servicing the fans of the transformers movies by rebooting and redesigning them?
9:13PM on 04/29/2013
The fans that enjoy HIS style. I know what he's done to the Transformers isn't the best, but I guess some people enjoy what he did with his own opinion and style.

I was never a big fan of the films. They're his worse films alongside Pearl Harbor.
The fans that enjoy HIS style. I know what he's done to the Transformers isn't the best, but I guess some people enjoy what he did with his own opinion and style.

I was never a big fan of the films. They're his worse films alongside Pearl Harbor.
6:00AM on 04/30/2013
Always been a Bay fan period & ya it's the "cool" thing to hate on him. It definitely gets old real quick, inda like how you get tired of people hating on Green Lantern.
Always been a Bay fan period & ya it's the "cool" thing to hate on him. It definitely gets old real quick, inda like how you get tired of people hating on Green Lantern.
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