Few movies have generated more nerd water cooler talk than the Michael Bay-produced reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but one of its few supporters has been TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman. Eastman’s been Bay’s primary source of spin through all the drama over the film’s development and it seems he’s at it again by saying that the film was delayed not because of script problems, but because they want to give the franchise a big present on its 30th birthday in 2014.
In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Eastman talked more about the timing of the eventual film, and why that extra time will allow director Jonathan Liebesman time to create the necessary effects:
I talked to [producer] Scott Mednick yesterday, and he’s seen the most recent 50 [script] pages and said it’s as good as the last version–they’ve really knocked it out of the park. I’ve seen a chunk of it, and it’s going to be a great movie, despite what everybody thinks. Essentially they pushed it back for two reasons: One is the director, Jonathan Liebesman, wanted to make sure he could do the effects to the level he wants them at, and the fight scenes to the way they should be. Also, their release date is almost exactly on the 30th [TMNT] anniversary. May 5, 1984 is when the first Turtles comic came out. May 16, 2014, is almost exactly 30 years after. So basically it’s an anniversary movie now.”
Of course, Eastman also took the opportunity to once again defend Bay’s idea to tweaking the origin of the Turtles to make them alien adults rather than mutant teenagers:
“[W]hat they’re doing with the movie is creating its own story, but it has to be true to the source material or we’ll get @#$!-ng murdered. To be blunt.”
I don’t know what those things have to do with each other, but I guess Eastman should know better than we do. Then again, George Lucas himself thinks that The Empire Strikes Back is the worst of the Star Wars films, so you know…