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Michael Bay has a final word on the whole Ninja Turtles business

03.28.2012

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"Hold up fanboys.  I'll let you finish, but I just wanna say that my version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is gonna be the best thing that ever happened to you."

Michael Bay and his new alien friends the NINJA TURTLES have been all over the news recently, and in a mostly unenthused/negative/dissatisfied way.  So in what is either an attempt to force fans to "chill" or a desire to explain and reassure, Bay has added this to the heap of things already said on the matter via his blog/forums:

"Paramount marketing changed the name. They made the title simple. The characters you all remember are exactly the same, and yes they still act like teenagers. Everything you remember, why you liked the characters, is in the movie. This script is being developed by two very smart writers, with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles. They care VERY MUCH about making this film for the fans. Everyone on this team cares about the fans. Just give them a chance. Jonathan the director, is a major fan of the whole franchise. HE'S NOT GOING TO LET YOU DOWN."

So there you go.  Do with this new (?) information as you will, since things seem to be quite set in stone.  Which is just as well really until we can get a hold of some more general information about the production's direction.

More as we hear it, of course.

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Extra Tidbit: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appeared first in 1984, with a limited run of 3000 copies.

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5:20AM on 03/29/2012
Michael "Fuck the Fans" Bay is the new George "I Know Best" Lucas.
Michael "Fuck the Fans" Bay is the new George "I Know Best" Lucas.
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8:49PM on 03/28/2012
Have the beginning of the flick with Utroms (Krang-ish creatures from the books) making the ooze and then having it somehow end up on Earth to make the turtles mutate, I'm okay with.
Oh, and throw in some Triceratons while you're at it.
Have the beginning of the flick with Utroms (Krang-ish creatures from the books) making the ooze and then having it somehow end up on Earth to make the turtles mutate, I'm okay with.
Oh, and throw in some Triceratons while you're at it.
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5:17PM on 03/28/2012
And I know I'm complaining about a movie that hasn't even started filming yet and I'm ok with it.
And I know I'm complaining about a movie that hasn't even started filming yet and I'm ok with it.
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5:13PM on 03/28/2012
I hope enough of us will boycott this movie and show Bay and others involved that you can't just go and make whatever you (well, they) want and not give a shit about the fans!
I know a lot of times a lot of us complain about this and that but then most end up going to see these movies anyway.
I say this time we have to take a stand. Unite and boycott shit project like this.
I say, UNITE and FIGHT! lol
I hope enough of us will boycott this movie and show Bay and others involved that you can't just go and make whatever you (well, they) want and not give a shit about the fans!
I know a lot of times a lot of us complain about this and that but then most end up going to see these movies anyway.
I say this time we have to take a stand. Unite and boycott shit project like this.
I say, UNITE and FIGHT! lol
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3:31PM on 03/28/2012
Trust me! What is cooler than Mutants? Aliens! What is cooler than Ninjas? Samurais! What is cooler than Turtles? Snakes! What is cooler than April O’Neil? May O’Neill! I will adhere to the original story as much as my cocaine addiction will allow while working in as many lingerie models as I possibly can!
Trust me! What is cooler than Mutants? Aliens! What is cooler than Ninjas? Samurais! What is cooler than Turtles? Snakes! What is cooler than April O’Neil? May O’Neill! I will adhere to the original story as much as my cocaine addiction will allow while working in as many lingerie models as I possibly can!
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1:45PM on 03/28/2012
I think the damage is done here. Sorry Bay, you guys screwed the pooch by leaking out the absurd ideas of your reboot.
I think the damage is done here. Sorry Bay, you guys screwed the pooch by leaking out the absurd ideas of your reboot.
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1:45PM on 03/28/2012

you're all over reacting

You haven't seen one thing from this project, and you are already bashing.
If you are a true fan, then you would know the truth. I still have my Ninja Turtle underwear I had when I was 2 years old. I am a fan, and I am excited for this!
You haven't seen one thing from this project, and you are already bashing.
If you are a true fan, then you would know the truth. I still have my Ninja Turtle underwear I had when I was 2 years old. I am a fan, and I am excited for this!
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1:53PM on 03/28/2012
its more principle than anything. People are sick of Bay implementing his own junk into our beloved franchises. rasagathi said it best below, he's lost credibility, and yet still doesn't want to listen to his target market...
People have just had enough of Bay's garbage.
its more principle than anything. People are sick of Bay implementing his own junk into our beloved franchises. rasagathi said it best below, he's lost credibility, and yet still doesn't want to listen to his target market...
People have just had enough of Bay's garbage.
2:03PM on 03/28/2012
"If you are a true fan, then you would know the truth"

If you were a fan of cinema, then YOU'D know the truth..
"If you are a true fan, then you would know the truth"

If you were a fan of cinema, then YOU'D know the truth..
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1:33PM on 03/28/2012

Im Confused..

Bay says "Everyone on this team cares about the fans." and he demonstrates this by ignoring the fans plea to not make the Turtles aliens, and telling the fans they're wrong, and that his way is better or rather that his way, is a more enriching world?
LIES!! they only care about marketing to a younger generation, and making more money!
Bay says "Everyone on this team cares about the fans." and he demonstrates this by ignoring the fans plea to not make the Turtles aliens, and telling the fans they're wrong, and that his way is better or rather that his way, is a more enriching world?
LIES!! they only care about marketing to a younger generation, and making more money!
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2:05PM on 03/28/2012
hit the nail on the head
hit the nail on the head
11:35PM on 03/28/2012
Precisely. The fact of the matter is, he has his fingers wrapped around the testicles of a franchise and he knows it. Much like any superhero film (though to a lesser extent) enough people will go see this to make money whether he's respectful of the fans or not. He knows it, so he's squeezing those testicles as hard as he wants.
Precisely. The fact of the matter is, he has his fingers wrapped around the testicles of a franchise and he knows it. Much like any superhero film (though to a lesser extent) enough people will go see this to make money whether he's respectful of the fans or not. He knows it, so he's squeezing those testicles as hard as he wants.
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12:56PM on 03/28/2012

Dear Bay.

Put the franchise down and walk away. Just walk away.
Don't let anyone from your production company make it, just get rid of the rights, throw them back out there for someone else to pick up and wash your hands of it. Maybe then we MIGHT feel like it's worth caring about again and you can get back to directing and producing mindless awful shite.

Also do the same with Transformers...

And any other eighties franchise you come across...
Put the franchise down and walk away. Just walk away.
Don't let anyone from your production company make it, just get rid of the rights, throw them back out there for someone else to pick up and wash your hands of it. Maybe then we MIGHT feel like it's worth caring about again and you can get back to directing and producing mindless awful shite.

Also do the same with Transformers...

And any other eighties franchise you come across...
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11:43AM on 03/28/2012

I'm really trying to keep an open mind here.

By saying "The characters you all remember are exactly the same" better god damn mean they are not aliens. As others have said, though, it's hardly easy to trust this guy's word. One thing I'm just not getting the hate for is the shortened title. When I was a kid I'm pretty sure I just always called them the Ninja Turtles. So I'm actually quite okay with that part.
By saying "The characters you all remember are exactly the same" better god damn mean they are not aliens. As others have said, though, it's hardly easy to trust this guy's word. One thing I'm just not getting the hate for is the shortened title. When I was a kid I'm pretty sure I just always called them the Ninja Turtles. So I'm actually quite okay with that part.
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1:43PM on 03/28/2012
Just like he said Optimus Prime would be exactly the way we remember him. Except, with FLAMES. uh?
Just like he said Optimus Prime would be exactly the way we remember him. Except, with FLAMES. uh?
10:54AM on 03/28/2012
Just like I DIDN'T LET ANYONE DOWN with the Transformers movies.
Just like I DIDN'T LET ANYONE DOWN with the Transformers movies.
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10:37AM on 03/28/2012
Feel that sharp pain in the lower backside? That's Michael Bay raping your childhood
Feel that sharp pain in the lower backside? That's Michael Bay raping your childhood
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10:37AM on 03/28/2012
Oh! So Michel Bay is not directing this? Might be cool then.
Oh! So Michel Bay is not directing this? Might be cool then.
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10:03AM on 03/28/2012
Sorry, Mr. Bay, but you've got to EARN the right to tell us to have faith. And you haven't. If Nolan, or Fincher, or Aronosky told me to chill, I would, because no matter how a film of theirs sounds from the outset, they always deliver. Same can't be said of Bay.

Best thing this has going for it is the fact that Bay isn't directing, but I'm still nervous.
Sorry, Mr. Bay, but you've got to EARN the right to tell us to have faith. And you haven't. If Nolan, or Fincher, or Aronosky told me to chill, I would, because no matter how a film of theirs sounds from the outset, they always deliver. Same can't be said of Bay.

Best thing this has going for it is the fact that Bay isn't directing, but I'm still nervous.
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9:51AM on 03/28/2012
Based on waht I've seen come from Platinum Dunes so far, I have to conclude this is likely to be the worst things that's ever happened to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Unborn, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street were all complete garbage.

As a lifelong fan, however, I have to hope to be wrong.
Based on waht I've seen come from Platinum Dunes so far, I have to conclude this is likely to be the worst things that's ever happened to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Unborn, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street were all complete garbage.

As a lifelong fan, however, I have to hope to be wrong.
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8:52PM on 03/28/2012
Nightmare actually made me lose a little 'spect for Jackie Earle Haley.
Damn you Platinum Dunes!!
Nightmare actually made me lose a little 'spect for Jackie Earle Haley.
Damn you Platinum Dunes!!
9:47AM on 03/28/2012
I try to be open minded, but this guy earns the disgust he gets from fanboys. I really doubt marketing changed the name. It is Bay's way of marking his territory.
I try to be open minded, but this guy earns the disgust he gets from fanboys. I really doubt marketing changed the name. It is Bay's way of marking his territory.
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9:41AM on 03/28/2012

Fuck Michael Bay, basically

He would say "it's all good, things are great" no matter what. I hated TRANSFORMERS; the whole series was a heaping pile of shit. I have no faith in anything he puts his dirty fingers into.
It's possible for me to change my mind in the future, but for now... I don't believe him.
He would say "it's all good, things are great" no matter what. I hated TRANSFORMERS; the whole series was a heaping pile of shit. I have no faith in anything he puts his dirty fingers into.
It's possible for me to change my mind in the future, but for now... I don't believe him.
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8:08AM on 03/28/2012
After watching Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys II, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, I simply do not trust Michael Bay's word. The movie might be good and it might not be, but Michael Bay's opinion one way or the other is completely worthless.
After watching Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys II, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, I simply do not trust Michael Bay's word. The movie might be good and it might not be, but Michael Bay's opinion one way or the other is completely worthless.
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9:20AM on 03/28/2012
I completely agree. I like some of his movies, but his definition of "good" and mine are very different. This didn't reassure me at all, of course these are the things he's going to say.
I completely agree. I like some of his movies, but his definition of "good" and mine are very different. This didn't reassure me at all, of course these are the things he's going to say.
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7:53AM on 03/28/2012
I just hope the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will have turtle suits, not CGI Turtles.
I just hope the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will have turtle suits, not CGI Turtles.
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