A new ‘Live Action’ film of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been on the cards for a while now. The studio, Platinum Dunes, have, this week, announced a release date, set for Christmas Day, 2013. Together with this news, Producer, Muchael Bay hinted at something, that all fans of the comics, original cartoons, the films and the newest series, would be confused, frustrated and fuming at.
The original Ninja Turtles film
I am not a Ninja Turtles fanboy, but I did enjoy the 80’s cartoon and loved the original live action films with the great Jim Hensen animatronic turtles. I even enjoyed the recent CGI film and what I’ve seen of the newest animated series (2002, which was a lot grittier than the 80’s version), I really liked.
Firstly, how on earth has Michael Bay got his hands on this fan favourite. He as already destroyed one 80’s childhood heroes, in the Transformers, he is determined to destroy another. Michael Bay has a 12 year old boy, just entering puberty, vision of what films should be. Bad Boys was a fun, action film, but give him something mainstream, or a franchise, he seems to ruin. Daft stories, daft characters, scantily clad women, big action sequences and explosions seem to be pre-requisite for Bay films.
_Now, there isn’t much you can change with the turtles. The title of the series pretty much has it sumed up.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
They must be teenagers, ages from 13-19.
They are mutants, i.e. mutated from normal turtles to humanoid creatures.
They are students of Ninjitsu.
And they are turtles.
I don’t know what Michael Bay can do with this, it seems pretty lock down.
However speaking at last week's Nickelodeon Upfront in New York, Bay states:
"When you see this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an ALIEN RACE and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable."
Can you spot the fundamental error in this statement?
Alien? Eh!, what, are you kidding?
These are not Teenage ALIEN Ninja Turtles?
Turtles do not come from outer space?
How have aliens managed to learn Ninjitsu?
Is Splitter to be an alien Rat?
I know a lot of the times films need to diverge away from the source material to ensure they translate well to the film, very much like how Christopher Nolan has done with the Batman films. However, in this instance, they seemingly want to rewrite the source material and create something altogether new.
Very odd indeed.
Michael Bay should not be allowed to make films, or if he is, let him ruin original works and not ones that have a fan bases.