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Michael Bay On 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle' Alien Controversy: "Fans Need To Take A Breath, And Chill"

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 20, 2012 10:41 AM
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Hell hath no fury like a fanbase scorned. From Bryan Singer's "X-Men" abandoning their traditional yellow spandex to Jennifer Lawrence being too blonde and pale to play Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games," internet fandom is not one to lay down silently when a filmmaker tinkers with iconic elements of their beloved franchises. Most recent to attract the ire of a group of fans was Michael Bay, who gave an interview over the weekend where he said that his upcoming live-action/CGI reboot of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" would reimagine the reptilian heroes as members of an alien race.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Aliens? Michael Bay Says The New Turtles Will Be From An "Alien Race"

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 19, 2012 10:44 AM
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The origins of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" have never been terribly complex. Tiny reptiles splashed with a mutagenic ooze, living in the sewers, learning karate, eating pizza. Makes sense, right? Okay, it doesn't, but whatever -- fans have been going with it since the characters' first appearance twenty eight years ago. Now that Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes are producing a new live-action movie adaptation, they've decided that origin wasn't working for them, so they're taken a page from the "Highlander II" playbook: the Ninja Turtles will now be aliens.

Paramount Delay 'World War Z' Until June 21, 2013 & Move Tom Cruise Vehicle 'One Shot' Up To Christmas 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 13, 2012 9:55 PM
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Release dates are pretty crucial to a film's success. Put your prize tentpole up against another film aiming for the same audience, and you'll cannibalize each other. Place your movie on exactly the right place in the calendar, and you'll find yourselves with a licence to print money. And that's why studios will claim release slots, and continue to tinker with them, both years in advance, and with only months to spare.

Platinum Dunes Hires Jonathan Liebesman For Yet Another 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 15, 2012 9:00 AM
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Is it from the eighties? Do you have fond memories of it? If so, chances are, Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes is trying to screw it up. They made their way through your horror favorites already, remaking "Nightmare On Elm Street," "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Friday The 13th" with the same beer commercial aesthetic, and now they've decided to branch out from the horror genre. First it was the dubious-sounding Hasbro-branded "Ouija" movie that still hasn't found a home. And now, it's the goddamned "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," in the hands of Jonathan Liebesman.

'M:I-4' Scribes Hired to Write Yet Another 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Movie

  • By Sam Price
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  • June 9, 2011 2:36 AM
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While now might be a good time for Paramount executives to start thinking of a new word for "reboot" (a "reconfiguration," perchance?), Deadline are reporting they're plowing ahead with a second reboot of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series in a demented attempt to spawn a legitimate franchise anyway, just four years after their first attempt failed. Best of luck to them.

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