Michael Bay accused of destroying childhood memories

Michael Bay, who helmed all three Transformers films, has officially signed with director Jonathan Liebesman for a new movie based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. But this one won’t be quite the same as the original cartoon from the ’80s and ’90s — in fact, the turtles won’t even be mutant. The original characters were regular turtles that came into contact with radioactivity whereas these new characters are going to be from an “alien race,” according to Bay. “They’re going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable.” The title for the film has thus been left at just Ninja Turtles. Many fans aren’t happy with Bay’s plans to change such an integral part of the backstory and one of them is Robbie Rist, who voiced Michaelangelo in the 1990 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In an online letter to Bay, Rist wrote, “You probably don’t know me but I did some voice work on the first set of movies that you are starting to talk about sodomizing,” adding, “I know believing in mutated talking turtles is kinda silly to begin with but am I supposed to be led to believe there are ninjas from another planet? The rape of our childhood memories continues … ”

Bay has since responded to the outcry from fans by posting the following statement on his Shoot For The Edit online forum: “Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.” Ninja Turtles is expected to be released in December 2013.

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  1. chronium • March 20, 2012 @ 11:09 AM

    What do you mean accused he has already raped my memories of the Transformers.

    I can live with them being aliens as long as they include mutation to their backstory as well. The Alien side would just make it easier to include all of the alien elements that are already in the franchise.

  2. Mauro • March 20, 2012 @ 11:31 AM

    Transformers and Ninja Turtles both Suck

  3. Tyrone • March 20, 2012 @ 12:56 PM

    The original graphic novels of the Ninja Turtles were nothing like the cartoon or the past movies. The original graphic novels were dark and had a great story that these past movies and cartoons actually butchered. Maybe Robbie Rist should pick up the original graphic novels and see what happens to a great story when hollywood gets their hands on it.

  4. eeeeeeerrrrrrr... • March 20, 2012 @ 1:31 PM

    -_-

  5. C-Dub • March 20, 2012 @ 4:42 PM

    I stood in line and couldn’t wait to see the original move. I was a major fan and I really loved the first movie. The others left a lot to be desired. But Michael Bay is really good at making things work on film and I’m sure he will do a good job. I’ll wait to pass judgement until after I read more about script ideas or see the final product.

  6. Ron • March 20, 2012 @ 5:03 PM

    I’m very much against this. This should be one of those things that they need to just leave alone. no sequels, or remakes, or re-anything. It was a classic and now they’re just trying too hard to milk it

  7. Chris • March 20, 2012 @ 5:18 PM

    Who cares, Bay will make it entertaining and we will all see it. His movies bank. Bottom line.

  8. Driven-By-Rage • March 20, 2012 @ 5:54 PM

    Bay takes unbeleivable characters and makes them beleivable.I grew up with Transformers cartoons and Ninja Turtles movies…Are diehard fans only satisfied when a carbon copy with the same predictable story is produced? I think injecting new ideas into an old franchise is the only way these movies would ever succeed these days. Relax, it only a movie. I welcome any changes. Beside, I can’t believe they are actually making a Garbage-pail Kids movie.

  9. Sassy Lass • March 20, 2012 @ 6:25 PM

    Does this sound too much like transformers?? I mean coming to earth from another planet. Maybe he’s confused with making Transformers 4, ha ha.

  10. RZC • March 20, 2012 @ 11:01 PM

    okay the transformers where good all of them when he does the 4th one it should be with Unicron where he comes to earth brings own army and wages a big war on earth will be 4 5 6 then it should end with the auto bots find another planet with the help of Primus who fights with the auto bots against unicron the damn end and with Ninja Turtles keep it the damn same just make the shredder more evil and darker

  11. Elias • March 20, 2012 @ 11:04 PM

    Transformers was fricken laaaaame. “BUMBLEBEEEEEEE!!!!AAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!’ Christ.
    But i think the Turtles brand is just going to be a more fun film vehicle to begin with. As long as they slice up foot clan robots wit ninja weapons, I’ll be happy. Don’t f*** this up Bay!

  12. Olive • March 21, 2012 @ 12:17 AM

    Accused of raping childhood memories? Transformers was ruined by him. Now instead of the awesomness of the Optimus Prime and Bumblebee I know and love, its now a bunch of noise that only gross millions of dollars because of those stupid teenage fanboys.

    Now Teenage ALIEN Ninja Turtles? Someone get me a gun. Actually, dont. I want ot see the Hunger Games friday. Although, since its going to b released in 2013, I can make plans to NOT see it 🙂

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