Michael Bay caused widespread outrage when he suggested that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were going to be aliens from another world in the live-action movie he was producing that has since been put on hiatus. But if Bay’s ideas were to appeal to any one person, I guess it couldn’t get any better than one of the co-creators of the Ninja Turtles, Kevin Eastman.
While talking to MTV recently, Eastman expanded on his praise saying that Bay’s take would be the best version of the Ninja Turtles you’ve ever seen. Hyperbole to overcompensate for fan reaction, or was Bay genuinely on to something? Let’s let Eastman explain:
“From what I’ve seen, it’s easily the best Turtle movie yet. We’re talking Raid: Redemption-style fight scenes; we’re talking about epic Rise of the Planet of the Apes sort of effects. A lot of people are worried we pushed the release date from December to May, but the 30th anniversary of the Turtles is in May, so it worked out perfectly.”
So I guess the timing’s right, but what about those changes to the characters, heck even the core concept of the book? Eastman says that’s the nature of the game:
“I know that Michael and his group really like that and that Paramount was supportive of that, so I think that it’s great. I grew up reading Captain America and The Avengers and all that stuff, and over the course of the comic book history, since Avengers has been around, how many times has it been reinvented, reformatted, restructured, replatformed? Every person that’s grown up inspired by that material wants to put their stamp on it a little bit. It just keeps getting better and better, and to have that opportunity is pretty awesome.”
I suppose he’s technically correct, but no one’s ever rejiggered Captain America’s origin, or Spider-Man’s origin, to make them aliens. Regardless, Eastman says that work on the film is ongoing despite the studio’s apparent loss of faith in Bay’s awesome vision.
Here’s the complete video interview with Eastman from MTV: