The two men that created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird appear to be on opposite sides of the Micheal Bay TMNT reboot fence. Laird recently expressed his disappointment in the casting of Megan Fox while Eastman has remained a positive vocal supporter of the project. Eastman recently talked with CBR about the Bay reboot:
One of the things that’s awesome about the relationship I’ve had with Platinum Dunes and Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman and some of the producers, Scott Mednick and Galen Walker on the series, is that 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. It was perfect, you know what I mean? That’s the stuff that I grew up on. Joss Whedon just knocked it out of the park, the whole team did, and that includes choreographing all the interlocking movies. 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.
Much like you look at what they’re doing at Nickelodeon with the new animated series, it’s all based solidly on the “Turtles” foundation, but they’ve hit the reset button. They’ve taken it back to the first episode, with the Turtles first time above ground after many years of training with Master Splinter. They’re making a “Turtles” origin that is firmly rooted in “Turtles” history, but a slight tweak here and a slight tweak there. It’s been enjoyable and the IDW series is much the same, in that it’s firmly rooted in “Turtles” history, but multiple “Turtles” universes.
I think Tom put together such a great tapestry. I think you’ll see some of that with the movie. It’ll touch on that same “Turtles” foundation, that same 30 years of “Turtles” history, so you can just pick and choose parts that you like but still keep it firmly rooted in “Turtles” history.
When we did the first movie with [director] Steve Barron back in 1990, it was a perfect hybrid of what Peter and I were doing with the original black and white series and what we were doing in the animated series, like with April being a news reporter. Issue #2 of [1984’s] “Turtles” she was a scientist. Then in the IDW series she was a scientist again. Everything’s there and everything can be traced back to the original group.
I think everybody’s going to be pleased with what the movie’s going to be and I hope we can pull stuff from there in to the “Turtles” universe, although I think in a lot of ways it’s already there in the IDW series.
Has Eastman drunk the Micheal Bay Kool-Aid? Does he know things we don’t, perhaps his press comment have merit, or perhaps he’s just trying to make the most out of a bad situation and protect his intellectual property as much as he can while still making a buck.
I’m really interested to see what the first clips or trailer looks like. I imagine it might not actually suck hairy balls which could spark another Internet flame war between TMNT fans and Micheal Bay haters. Both fan and anti-fan bases are pretty large and vocal.
Which side of the fence are you one? I personally don’t hold much hope for the project because Bay can’t seem to grasp the connection between bringing fans into the mix while opening the franchise to the mainstream movie going audience.
My biggest problem with Bay isn’t all the explosions or the sub-par actors and actresses usually cast in his movies, it’s the horrible writing and toilet humor. I’m dreading seeing some Turtle testicle jokes repeatedly through the movie. I’m willing to bet hard money on each turtle banging some crook in the balls and shouting some horrific joke. Bay can’t just make the joke once, it has to be peppered throughout the entire movie, repeatedly smacking you in the face with it at every turn.