Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles Movie May Be A Space Opera
Perhaps we shouldn’t be too enraged that Michael Bay wanted to make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aliens after all. About a month ago, Paramount put the Bay produced project, Ninja Turtles on hiatus and pushed the film’s release from December 2013 to March 2014. The studio cited “script problems” and called for more revisions. Maybe the entire fan backlash against the project got the ball moving to change a few things around.
Also around the time of the hiatus and pushback, Latino Review’s El Mayimbe got his hands on the script and tweeted out what he had read. From the looks of his tweets, it appears the Ninja Turtles have gone cosmic. He tweeted that he was reading a script called “The Blue Door,” which was written by Andre Nemec & Josh Applebaum. “The Blue Door” was a codename for the Ninja Turtles project. In the script, were the names Krang, Bebop, Rocksteady, Technodrome and Dimension X.
Any TMNT fans can recognize those names and places. They were all introduced in the three-part pilot episode of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series in 1987. Krang was the commander of an army of Rock Soldiers from Dimension X. He was banished to Earth and stripped of his body and reduced to a pulsing, talking brain. He was isolated beneath the surface of the Earth in his roving fortress called The Technodrome. He joined forces with the Turtles arch nemesis, The Shredder and together they created their own mutants, Bebop, a warthog punk rocker and Rocksteady, a rhino street punk.
But these tweets were from a script written BEFORE Paramount ordered a re-write and put the project on hiatus. There’s no telling if these cosmic elements will appear in the final product, which will be released in March 2014.
ComicBookMovie.com reported the film’s synopsis, which was confirmed by their “reliable sources.”
After their planet’s destruction, four turtle-like alien warriors and their master come to Earth, where they join forces with reporter April O’Neil to prevent the extradimensional conqueror Krang from enslaving the human race.
If Michael Bay had plans to make the Ninja Turtles aliens, this would give him good reason to do so. It would be difficult to introduce the space opera elements with the science mutation elements of the Turtles origins in one movie. It seems like the screenwriters were looking for shortcuts if they wanted to have a fresh start with the mythology.