Turtles will be aliens from space says producer (no, seriously) . . .

Forget all you remember from all those hours you wasted watching TV instead of playing outside about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles being, er, mutated turtles from the sewers.

In the planned Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie to be directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans) they will be aliens . . . from space.

Here’s what Platinum Dunes producer Michael Bay recently had to say about the planned big screen movie:

“When you see this movie, kids will believe one day that these turtles do exist. These turtles are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable.”

First we thought perhaps Bay is ignorant had his origin stories mixed up, but then we remembered that Platinum Dunes was the same company that made the ill-fated 2009 Friday the 13th remake in which serial killer Jason Voorhees was re-imagined as a marijuana farmer . . .

So there you have it: teenage mutant ninja turtles . . . from space!

(Release date is December 25th, 2013.)

 

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  • RainingCrow

    I grew up with this series. It has been a part of literally my entire life. When I was young, these characters were literally how I learned socialization, morality and much more. I wasn’t exactly parented in the normal fashion. Splinter was a mentor to me as much as the turtles were brothers. I owned all but 13 of the toys made between 89 and 99.

    Naturally I have a strong loyalty to what I’ve always felt was at the core of these characters. As a child I enjoyed TAS. As a teen I grew fond of the comics with a greater devotion. As an adult I have respected the noir elements and independence of the first film, and found great nostalgia and fun in the 2003 series.

    My career as an artist is due large in part to my fascination with these guys. Every step in my life has been accompanied by a series first published in the same year as my birth.

    To see someone potentially disregard something I assume so many of us fans hold as dear as I, in order to line his pockets with popcorn money… effects me on a level that I am certain he could never imagine. Looking back as an adult, the show was bad enough compared to what I feel for them now. I fear the new release if following what Bay has stated, may destroy any and all shreds of respect I may have ever had in his production company.

    This isn’t a matter of bad casting, or poor effects. Potentially this is the death of a franchise not in popularity but in essence.

    I am fine with a slight bit of alien influence or responsibility for their creation (Utroms). I actually love that direction. It just expands everything into a larger universe with some nice scifi attributes, showing that ancient religions and modern science can co exist in harmony. (btw loved season 5 of 2003 tmnt)

    However to take 4 terrestrial creatures so closely associated with traditions of ancient terrestrial philosophy, skills, and training, even a physical association with Kappa… Characters defined by their uniqueness and isolation, the fact that they are the only in existence… and make them part of an alien race???

    Its like if someone were to take harry potter and make him a middle aged latino woman with 20 loving family members… It simply changes too much of the essence. It changes the very definition of what these stories are about.

    Not to mention, how does an alien race of turtles wind up with an alien rat that knows ninjitsu?

    Ive believed for a long time that these characters should be taken with a more serious approach yet still a light heart. Adding more adult themes of philosophy, violence, family, and balance within a modern world resonates with me… I think a combination of the original comics, and what was done with 2003′s series in conjunction with new effects and realism would be a great way to go. It is what I was hoping for.

    Now I will mention dawnoftheninja.com 
    I love what these guys at this site have done. If this movie does kill it for me… they are my next and greatest hope. If I could today I would simply join their creative team and make a movie with them in place of what platinum dunes is allegedly planning. If I had the backing I would love to make one by my own vision, but there will be a long time passed before that possibility occurs (not counting it out).

    For now that is all I can say.

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