Next summer, general audiences will be “treated” to the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Ever since the project was announced, Bay’s Platinum Dunes has changed a lot of things about TMNT that upset fans. From the Ninja Turtles title change, to making the turtles space aliens, to the pop culture-heavy leaked script, fans of the heroes in a half-shell were very vocal about practically every decision made about the film. And then Megan Fox was cast to play April O’Neil…
In an interview with ComicBookResources, TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman opens up about the good work that director Jonathan Liebesman and Platinum Dunes have done on the upcoming TMNT reboot. Eastman says fans shouldn’t worry about the direction of the movie.
[Platinum Dunes’] main goal is actually to make the best possible Turtles movie with respect to the fans and the core audience as possible. We’ve learned from movies like The Avengers, which to me was a superhero movie so good to me personally that I practically wept. It was perfect, you know what I mean? That’s the stuff that I grew up on. Joss Whedon just knocked it out of the park, the whole team did, and that includes choreographing all the interlocking movies. From everything that I’ve seen in the [TMNT] script and the development and everything they’ve asked my input on specifically, it’s gonna be an awesome, familiar, solid Turtles movie. It’ll have everything that fans are gonna want and then some.”
Last week, Kevin Eastman’s former creative partner and TMNT co-creator Peter Laird spoke out against Megan Fox’s casting in the TMNT reboot, saying, “It is safe to say that there are probably hundreds of better choices for the role of April O’Neil.”
The TMNT reboot seems more and more like a disaster in the making. Last year, Paramount put the whole production on hiatus to “figure out” the problems with the script. The movie studio even pushed back the release date of December 2013 a number of times before settling on June 2014 (for now). As a long-time TMNT fan, I remain optimistic that the final film will be something worth watching, but Michael Bay, Kevin Eastman, and Platinum Dunes are not making it easy.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will hit theaters on June 6, 2014.