Everyone has an opinion about the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle reboot being produced by Michael Bay. Love it or dreading it, fans need to vent and that’s one of the things the Internet is good for. TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman has an opinion, and it might be worth our while to listen to what he has to say.
He recently talked with the folks over at CBM about the movie and his interactions with the production team and announced his cameo in the movie.
It’s been a four, almost five-year journey to bring the next “Turtles” movie to life since the time we pitched it. I know everybody is like, “Oh, Michael Bay, Michael Bay, Michael Bay, he’s gonna ruin it! He’s gonna destroy it!” But everyone I have encountered has been nothing more than incredibly sincere to try and bring the Turtles back in a way that’s new, fresh and exciting, but with total respect to everything that’s come before. I’ve read the script. I have a cameo in the move. It’s awesome — really fun. What they’ve done with the film is going to make fans incredibly happy, including myself. The vision is awesome, the effects are incredible and the story will be something everybody can relate to and like. I’ll leave it out there for the fans to let us know what they like in the end, but I’m very proud to be part of it. A lot of people are going to be surprised.
I wonder where his cameo will fall in the movie. Hopefully he’ll have a line and won’t have his voice recast like some others.
As much as we like to bitch about Bay and his involvement in this reboot, we all know we’re gonna go see this movie. We’ll still bitch about it, but we’ll plop down some cold hard cash to see what’s what with the reboot.
Did Eastman’s opinion ease your fan-boy or fan-girl fears somewhat, or does it even matter since we all know we’re gonna go see this anyways?
What about the other guy that created TMNT, Peter Laird think of the first trailer?
I was impressed with what I saw of the production values — if nothing else, it looks like the new TMNT movie will have a lot of stuff going on and looking good (that toppling tower, for example) — but the changes to the basic design of the Turtles seemed to me to fall into the “fixing what is not broken” category. It’s altogether possible that, in the context of this new movie, these designs will work well and not seem so odd, but I still point to what Jim Henson‘s “Creature Shop” team did with their rendering of the Turtles in rubber and paint as the best translation (in live action, anyway) of the Turtles as Kevin Eastman and I created them.
That being said, so far I have only seen this short trailer with just a few brief glimpses of the Turtles. My opinion could change. One thing that comes to mind if how cool it would be if someone did CGI versions of those same Henson designs, with all the incredible flexibility and seamless action potential available with today’s CGI.
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I think Laird makes some valid points, points that a lot of fans agree with. Eastman may be more optimistic, but Laird seems to have tapped into the collective conscience of the TMNT fandom.
Which side of the TMNT fence are you on?