‘TMNT’ Co-Creator Kevin Eastman Reassures ‘Ninja Turtles’ Movie Fans

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Fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise do not, generally speaking, seem to be particularly enamoured with the details they’ve heard so far about the Michael Bay-produced Ninja Turtles movie. From the early reveal that the pizza-loving sewer-dwellers are going to have an extraterrestrial origin story, to the announcement that April O’Neil would be played by Transformers star Megan Fox, the fanbase that should have been guaranteed to buy box office tickets upon the film’s release are growing less excited the more that they hear.

One of the film’s most noted detractors so far as been Peter Laird, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic books. Showing no qualms about criticising this latest incarnation of characters he helped invent, Laird has described Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec’s leaked script as “so fundamentally flawed … that trying to make piecemeal changes to it in an effort to make it into something halfway decent is probably a fool’s errand.” More recently, Laird expressed a notable lack of enthusiasm regarding the casting choice of Megan Fox, saying that, “there are probably hundreds of better choices for the role of April O’Neil.”

Laird has the luxury of being able to speak his mind about the film – which has dropped the “teenage” and “mutant” aspects from the working title, leaving behind just the Ninja Turtles – since he is not directly involved with the reboot and is observing developments, like the fans, from an outside perspective. TMNT‘s other co-creator, Kevin Eastman, is working on the film as an official consultant and has been making an effort to soothe public concerns, previously assuring fans that Ninja Turtles will “be well-grounded in Turtle history and lore” despite the characters being repackaged as aliens.

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Eastman has now communicated further reassurance in an interview with Comic Book Resources, during which he praised the film’s producers and director Jonathan Liebesman, insisting that their intentions with the TMNT franchise are pure:

It’s probably amusing to a lot of people what the press puts out there and what they say people behind the scenes really want to do with the movie, but [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 [...] 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.

It’s important to remember that Eastman has a greater level of knowledge and insight into Ninja Turtles‘ production than Laird, since he has been directly involved in the project from the start. Fans might also take comfort in the fact that Bay has asked one of the co-creators of the original comics for input, and that Eastman seems not only satisfied, but enthused about what the Platinum Dunes team has come up with.

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But is Eastman’s endorsement enough to counteract the fan discontent that’s spreading with each new snippet of Ninja Turtles news? The fact that he is almost certainly receiving a consultant’s fee makes it fairly unlikely that he would openly express concerns he might have about the film’s direction.

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Ninja Turtles is currently scheduled for release in 2014.

Source: Comic Book Resources [via ComicBookMovie]

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  1. How can it “be well-grounded in Turtle history and lore” if they take the main reason Shredder wants them dead out? Original lore was that Splinter was human, and found the turtles that some poor kid dropped into the sewer. Shredder somehow pours the “ooze” into the sewers hoping to kill Splinter. Somehow, the ooze causes the turtles to become human-like, and Splinter to become Rat-like. From that point on, Shredder’s beef was to destroy the mistake he caused. That is the story. Anything else is not “well-grounded in Turtle history and lore”. The first two movies in the 90′s didn’t get the origins right, but they were close enough. Also, TMNT was originally a comedy. Only a moron would take a Ninja Turtle seriously….turtles don’t move fast, and are not flexible enough to be Ninja.

    • *Comic Spoilers* Actually, in the original Mirage comics, Splinter was a rat who was owned by Hamato Yoshi, who was a member of the Foot. He killed Shredder’s older brother in a fight because Shredder’s brother was in love with Yoshi’s woman. Yoshi and lover fled to the US to avoid getting killed by the Foot, but Shredder took leadership of the US Foot branch so he can get revenge on Yoshi by killing him and his now-wife.

      Splinter and Yoshi were combined into one being for the first cartoon series.

    • The original Mirage comic is very dark and gritty. Hamato Yoshi and Oroku Nagi were members of the Foot, friends, and competitors for all things including the love of Tang Shen. She only had feeling for Hamato Yoshi, and he walks in on an enraged Oroku Nagi beating Tang Shen. In his rage, he kills Oroku Nagi. Because he killed a member of the clan, he had two choices 1) He could take is own life and hope for honor in the next or 2) flee with Shen to another country and start life again. Oroku Nagi’s younger brother, Oroku Saki, wanted revenge for his brother’s death, and the elders of the Foot Clan used his rage to craft the warrior they wanted. When Saki rose through the ranks of the Foot, he was sent to New York to head the American branch of the Foot. It was then he took revenge on Yoshi and Shen while freeing Yoshi’s pet rat, Splinter, in the process. While roaming the streets Splinter sees Daredevil’s origin outside of the canister not breaking in the kid’s face, but falling down the sewer drain with 4 baby turtles. After the mutation, he trains them in the art of ninjitsu for the next 15 years simply to exact revenge against Oroku Saki for the death of his master Hamato Yoshi. The turtles end up killing the Shredder in the very first issue of TMNT.

      That story clearly couldn’t be told the way it was in a 1987 Saturday morning cartoon. It really couldn’t be told that way in the first film, although the first film pulls a lot of scenes and dialogue straight out of the original comics while blending some of the Fred Wolf cartton influences.

      What led to the actual concept of the TMNT was a joke, but the creators wrote a very serious story about them.

    • Way to actually get nothing about the “original lore” right.

  2. This movie has already achieved one big thing… putting the final nail in the coffin of any interest I have had in reboots, remakes, updates, reimaginings, and sequels to years-dead franchises. I simply won’t be fooled anymore, and the blatant and willful ignorance of the roots of this franchise was the thing that pushed me over the edge. Congrats Bay!

  3. Turtles from Space. That is what gets me. Turtles from Space are not Turtles, as such Turtles are an Earth based animal. So they are Turtle Looking Creatures from Space.

    Because something alien is not Terran.

    • Jeff… they aren’t from space. The ooze is alien. Always has been, always will be. That’s the “space” aspect.

      • Uh, no. They said the origins of the Turtles are from space. Bay has been pretty clear about this.

        • Cite your source? Since that was said/speculated, the scripts and storyboards have changed.

          • I am just as pissed about this as everyone else. With that said, I am still going to give this a chance. In reality, these characters have been reimagined over and over again. I will always have my favorite version of these childhood friends that I will enjoy watching and nothing can take that away. Here is my thing, this my open up the door for us as fans to explore Dimension X and The Krang (or the Utrom, whichever they chose to call them. I will personally be okay with these Earth creatures being chosen and taken away by these aliens to mutate for whatever reason. I am kinda tired of the origin story but whatever. I just dont see how they will connect the foot clan with this new origin. I see a Krang invasion of earth coming with this movie. Look at it this way, this movie will have a lot of action for sure. Hopefully they wont change too much. Would be really cool to see The Rat King get the Hollywood treatment though

          • Michael Bay: “These turtles [in the reboot] are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable.”
            Source: http://screenrant.com/michael-bay-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-origin-sandy-159820/

            That, too me, clearly says that the turtles are now no longer mutant ninja turtles from earth and are, instead, from an alien race – possibly inhabited by other beings like them.
            Now, if what he meant to say was that the TCRI canisters/ooze are their “alien origin”, and not that the turtles are from space, why did he say “from an alien race”?

            It could be reasoned that there’s a big misunderstanding going on and things got lost in translation (since Bay’s first language is clearly “KABOOOM RATTATATATA! EXPLODE!” ;)) but if that were the case, why not correct the misunderstanding? …unless there actually IS no misunderstanding:
            Everybody is saying that the turtles will be from space in the new movie. If that weren’t the case, don’t you think they’d have addressed the issue and cleared it all up by now? (Especially a guy like Bay who seems to jump in with some retort after every rumor or bit of news concerning the project, hits the web)

            • They are from an alien race. It could mean the alien race are turtles or they are (made) from an alien race. Just so long as they get their personalities right and they are not from a race of turtles aliens. Regardless, life goes on

  4. “With viewing of Avengers, comes incredible movies. Remember that, Pete. Remember that…”

  5. its funny how everyone keeps talking about he is changing it. it’s already changed so much from the comic. was Splinter a rat first or a human? the krang were good guys. april is a teenager in the new cartoon, baxter stockamn was black. relax people

    • BaxterM Stockman was originally black

  6. Isn’t Kevin the one who always kind of just says everything TMNT is great? Wasn’t he ranting and raving about the live action show that introduced the 5th and female turtle? I remember the other creator reportedly saying things about how they shouldn’t have changed it like that and how Kevin thought it was a great idea. But that show sucked, at least I thought so, and I know it didn’t last long.

    So in sumation, Kevin might really think this movie is the bees knees, but he’s also thought other bad TMNT ideas were great, until they actually were made.

    • ^This is completely true imo.

    • The concept of the live action show was supposed to be darker and grittier as it borrowed from the cancelled 4th mocie under the same title. The show was going to feature a 5th turtle Laird and Eastman created for the 4th movie called Kirby. Saban demanded it be a female tutle instead or there wasn’t going to be a show. Eastman said in an interview for Cowabunga Corner that even though they had creative control of the Turtles the studios (movies, cartoon, Next Mutation) didn’t legally have to get permision to xhange things as long as 80% of what was agreed to was kept. I’m not sure how tone, approach, etc. towards the stories was affected by that rule. He even stated in that same interview that there were worthwile concepts, but the execution was lacking. Bonesteel, the villain with the most appearances in the show, is pretty much the same character as Mr. Marlin in the Mirage Universe. Vampires in general play a role in different Mirage stories. Dragonlord and the Rank, if done in the Mirage Universe style, are characters that would fit right in along side the other villains in the Mirage Universe.

      It only lasted 1 season, but that wasn’t because it wasn’t wildly successful. It was the top rated show for it’s time slot and for children’s shows. It was cancelled because Eastman and Laird wouldn’t give a portion of the property to Saban.

  7. It kind of sounds like Eastman is saying that the movie isn’t going to suck. His seemingly lack of enthusiasm doesn’t fill me with hope about this project.

  8. Ugh I’m not even a TMNT fan and I think this movie isn’t looking good. If the changes they’re making aren’t gonna appeal to the average moviegoer, then what’s the point?

  9. When you made them “Alien” Ninja Turtles, you lost every fan. The rest is history…

  10. Bay asking Eastman for input.

    Bay: “Now these green guys, they are aliens right?”

    Eastman: “No they are actually mutants. They were mutated when they were acciden…”

    Bay: “That’s what I thought, aliens. Now, this Amber O’Real chick. She’s supposedly like this super hot, kinda dumb-blondesque girl right?”

    Eastman: “No. She’s actually quite intelligent and has more of a wholesome, cuteness about her. The kind of girl you’d take home to Mom. And her name is Apr…”

    Bay: “Ok, dirty slut it is. I really appreciate all of your help. Now, tell me about this Michel…assburger.”

    Eastman: “You mean, Michelangelo? He’s the life of the party, a lot more laid back than the other Turtles, he’s always quick with a joke.”

    Bay: “Blatant racial stereotype it is! Again, thanks for your help. Here is your truckload of cash. Now, I can tell all the fanboys you helped consult on this right?”

    Eastman: “For some royalties, I’ll tell them I helped consult on this! I’ll tell them “It’s going to be awesome!”.”

  11. I love TMNT. …in special April O’Neil

  12. Guess I have no concept of what “enamoured” means because from what I remembered, we fans were outraged, incensed and in general put off by the details we have heard thus far about this movie.

  13. Despite all the fan’s disappointment regarding Michael Bay’s reboot of TMNT, the proof of that disappointment will be seen in box office revenue. If the movie kills in making millions, then it proves no one really cares about the original TMNT story. If it bombs, this proves no one cared for this horrible rendition. Until then, all we can do is cry and moan about how much we hate what Bay is doing.

  14. JUST LOOK WHAT PLATINUM DUNES HAS DONE TO ALL THOSE REMAKES… THEY”VE SCREWED ALL OF THEM UP… THEY HAVE DISREGARDED ALL THAT THEY WE”RE… THAT’S WHAT GREAT ABOUT THE OLD 80′S 90′S FLICKS… MORE SUBSTANCE… HOW CAN U COMPARE THE SCENES WITH MOTHER IN FRIDAY THE 13TH 2009 WITH THE SCENES OF THE MOTHER IN THE ORIGINAL FRIDAY THE 13TH… FORGET MARCUS NISPEL AND PLATINUM DUNES… AND LAID IS A REAL TURTLE FAN LIKE US.. FORGET BAY HE WAS GOOD WHEN HE WAS WITH BRUCKHEIMER DOING BAD BOYS, THATS ABOUT IT THOUGH. AND ONE MORE NOTE… HOW CAN U COMPARE REALISTIC TURTLE ACTION WALKING AND TALKING FROM THE FIRST AND SECOND MOVIE (BLESS JIM HENSONS CREATURE SHOP) AND THE ACTORS IN THE FULL SIZED SUITS DOING THE ACTION AND ONE COREY FELDMAN FOR VOICEING DONATELLO AND ERNIE REYES JR. CANNOT COMAPRE THAT TO CGI…I’LL BE CURRENT JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (WANT TO SEE IT CAUSE OF BRYAN SINGERS ABILITY BUT CAN’T BCAUSE OF THE PHONY CGI) THE SECOND GI JOE WANT TO SEE IT BUT THE FIRST ONE SUCKED. WANT TO SEE EPISODE 7 BUT I DONT KNOW IF ABRAMMS IS THE BEST JOICE ONLY THE POPULAR CHOICE… AND I LIKE WHAT ABBRAMS HAS DONE AND HE HAS A GIFT BUT I AGREE WITH ONE COMMENTOR WHO BASICALLY SAID HE MADE STAR TREK INTO STAR WARS… STAR TREK SHOULD CONTINUE ON IN A SERIES ON TV ANE RUN THE RATINGS WAR… NOT BE IN A N ALTERNATE TIMELINE WHICH ONLY DISREGARDS TOTALLY THE LONG HISTORY STORIES IN TREK. THESE PEOPLE MAKING THIS STUFF GOTTA STOP THINKING THAT THE FIRST THING THAT THEY NEED TO DO IS FIGURE OUT HOW TO CHANGE MUTILATE REIMAGE THESE WORKS OF ART… WE NEED TO PRESENT THE BARSOON NOVELS AS FILMS OF THE WRITINGS WHEN THEY WERE WRITTEN NOT REDO THEM FOR TODAY BCAUSE TODAY IT SEEMS THAT THERE ISN’T A THING THAT IS OF ANY QUALITY/ORIGINALITY.

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