Fuel just keeps getting added to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / alien / Michael Bay fire. In case you’ve been living in a sewer this week, fans have been getting worked up about a statement Michael Bay made about giving the turtles an alien origin. Ridiculous as it sounds, co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird seem okay with the idea. Laird isn’t exactly condoning it and saying it’s the best idea ever (it so isn’t), but he’s asking fans to give Bay and the idea a chance. Eastman is proclaiming that it’s “awesome.” I get they are sort of stuck in a position where they need to be polite, but really? Really.
Read what they had to say after the break.
Kevin Eastman had the following to say on Facebook:
“Hey Guys, Sorry to have been away for so long–completely swamped with work–but it is some pretty exciting stuff. I had been invited to check out the TMNT film development by my friend Scott Mednick over the years, and a while back had a full look behind the curtian at what writers Appelbaum and Nemec, director Liebesman, and producer Bay are doing–and trust me–it IS AWESOME. I’m officially on board, and will share more as I’m allowed… thanks all!”
Peter Laird was less enthusiastic on his blog:
But I would actually encourage TMNT fans to swallow the “chill pill” Mr. Bay recently suggested they take, and wait and see what might come out of this seemingly ill-conceived plan. It’s possible that with enough truly creative brainpower applied to this idea, it might actually work. I’m not saying it’s probable, or even somewhat likely… but it IS possible.
I’m a pretty laid back person (unless we’re talking Star Wars), but I don’t have high hopes for this film. Part of it is the alien thing, more of it is a Michael Bay thing. The guy doesn’t exactly instill confidence. Maybe this makes me way too judgmental, but I’m already planning to wait on the DVD.
Side note: did anyone think they’d be talking about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so much this week?