The team behind this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot can’t get a break. First, they explain that the turtles are some sort of alien race and fans get pissed. Now the title changes, taking out the Teenage Mutant part and fans are getting pissed.
Michael Bay took to his website to deliver a statement to try to alleviate the fears of the rabid TMNT fans:
”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.”
I like how Bay throws in a couple ALL CAPS phrases to hammer home his point. Could you imagine the likes of Steven Spielberg doing this? THE ALIENS IN CRYSTAL SKULL WERE GEORGE’S IDEA.
Anyway, it seems like Bay is getting frustrated with all the fans getting angry about the stuff they’re doing. Sorry, Mr. Bay, but until you guys show something that would alleviate their fears they’re going to criticize you. I know with the Transformers franchise you did pretty well, but this is a little different. I’m sure if they end up changing the look of the turtles people are going to go insane. Please, Bay: don’t change the look of the turtles.