Many fans are upset with the fact that Michael Bay is putting his grubby little no-talent hands on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, not to mention that the titular turtles been altered in ways that make them no longer teenage and no longer mutants. But while most of us, including co-creator Peter Laird, may be tearing our eyes out, the other creator, Kevin Eastman, is busy talking the movie up.
In order to hopefully sway fans to actually buy tickets to this potential nightmare, Eastman is name-dropping left and right, comparing what he has seen of the film so far to other big movies, including The Avengers.
In an interview with NBC, he had this to say:
Jonathan Liebesman is going to make a great film. From what I’ve seen of the script, it’s fantastic. Michael Bay has made some great and intense movies. We’re talking about being inspired by movies like ‘The Avengers’ for scope and roots origin and ‘The Raid: Redemption’ for fight scenes and ‘Rise for the Apes’ as far as computer-quality style.
He also made an attempt to defend the production against the onslaught of hatred that it has generated. In another interview, this time with The Examiner, he bestowed this wisdom upon us:
I like to answer this by basically telling the fans first and foremost not to worry, this will be a great TMNT film. Much like many thirty year old concepts, the TMNTs have been re-invented a number of times, some were stronger than others, but if you look at what Viacom/Nickelodeon has done/allowed to happen with the new TMNT animated TV series, and the new IDW comic series, each has a slightly new and refreshed take on the “core concept,” the new film with be the same, a film “well placed” in the TMNT lore the fans will enjoy. If we learned nothing else from one of my favorite comic book based films, The Avengers, that there’s a lot to be said about never forgetting that core concept and core fan-base.
Sounds like the typical marketing crap that accompanies every film, though with a definite emphasis on trying to get people not to hate it before it’s even out. But whatever…
Personally, until I see something on film that makes me believe otherwise, I will continue to ride the Bay Hate-Train. What are the NerdReaders’ predictions?? Is the new TMNT going to be worth the money for a ticket?
Thanks to /film for the heads-up on this one.