This week, one of the biggest geek stories has been the release of the first full-length look at the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. For whatever reason, thirty and forty-year-olds began weeping about the “molestation of their childhood” (Jesus guys…), while those of us who can recognize the detriments of over-indulging in nostalgia simply shrugged and went about our day. Ignoring the infallible maxim “don’t read the comments”, the screenwriter of the latest take on everybody’s favorite pizza-chomping reptilian ninjas is speaking out about Bay & Co.’s “vision” for the upcoming film.
Speaking with Coming Soon, Andre Nemec, had this to say about the tone of the new Turtles film:
“Tone was a very interesting question on this movie as far as how dark we really wanted to go. It’s really all in the conflict between the characters. That was the driving principle. The color palettes that were chosen were not designed to be Dark Knight-ish in that regard. We weren’t looking to make that movie. I’m a huge fan of that movie, but I didn’t eat gobs of popcorn while I was watching that movie. We certainly didn’t want kids to be running for the exits. ‘Mommy! Why did he do that?!’ We weren’t looking for that. We really wanted to entertain and have fun with it. I think we skate — we live — on a very fun line in this movie, whether it’s the action feeling real and exciting, but also fun and adventurous. It really never feels dark in a way that would startle you out of your chair or make you fearful…
Michael [Bay] has been an influence on the movie and he’s certainly been giving his notes and paying attention to the movie as we go through. There are Michael Bay aesthetics. He has a very good sense of action. He has a very good sense of entertainment. I think that, on those influences, you’ll feel Michael Bay’s hand.”
Nemec stresses the “popcorn” vibe he was going for when writing the picture numerous times, going as far as to say:
“I think this is a fun movie. I really do. Not just because I wrote it. I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised when they come to this movie. I don’t think there are a lot of stones to throw at the movie from the fans as far as, “You didn’t do…” or “How come…?” We really play fair with the audience and with the fans. I think the movie is going to be fun ride for everyone.”
There’s a sense of damage control contained within the writer’s words, as the irrational nature of the Internet has probably struck a bit of fear in the producers’ hearts. Yet Nemec seems (even without the benefit of inflection) like he’s genuinely enthusiastic about the film he wrote and just wants everybody to judge the finished product on its own merits (you know, like you’re supposed to evaluate every piece of art). Unfortunately, he’s shouting against the mob in this situation and, as time has proven again and again, the mob only wants what THEY think is appropriate, not what the artist in question has created. The pitchforks are out and Bay is being burned (yet again) in effigy, making me wonder if this new Ninja Turtles movie is already doomed to be a nerd punchline for the next decade or so.
Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits theaters August 8th. Try and at least appear as if you’re keeping an open mind.
Source: Coming Soon