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So you set out to make a documentary called Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where do you begin? For director Randall Lobb and a small film crew from rural Ontario, it was a phone call to the CEO of Mirage and a five year journey to get from the idea to make a doc about the history of TMNT to releasing it. Now, in time for both the 30th anniversary of the franchise and the recently released film from producer Michael Bay, Lobb and Co.’s five year odyssey through Ninja Turtles lore is ready to be seen. Recently, Nerd Bastards got the chance to talk with Lobb about how they tracked down all the players, how it all came together, and why even people who aren’t Turtle fans will find something to love in the documentary. (more…)

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The marketing machine for the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot rolls on, with four posters hitting the web today. They’re simple and evocative; featuring the weapons that each reptilian ninja wields in the face of Shredder’s faceless onslaught. Those looking some super weird visual slash fic may want to move on, as I only used that headline as a means to lure in the bigger weirdos who read NB on a daily basis. I’m like the Chris Hansen of comic book movie news. Have a seat…and let’s talk about your bizarre need to see green martial arts experts violate each others’ orifices.

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This is a real blast from the past for most of you out there. What kid in the 90’s didn’t love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? They had outrageous tag lines, rap laden music, and ate a crap load of pizza; everything your parents would shake their head at and wonder what the hell was happening with today’s youth.

Now that you’re all grown up you might appreciate this alternate ending that much more. It’s a nice nod to the origin of the TMNT franchise that all started back in Eastman and Laird’s fantastic comic book. If you’ve never read those, it’s well worth the cost of a trade paperback to pick up the original black and white pages.

Man, this movie doesn’t age well phonetically, I cringed at just about every tag line those turtles threw out there. Imagine the looks you would get today if you tried those lines on your nieces,  nephews, or your own children. It would be akin to wearing black socks with sandals when you take them to the beach.

Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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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.

Thoughts?

Via: CBR

Love him or hate him, you have to admire the way that Michael Bay passes the buck.

In the last couple of days, an alleged copy of the script for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot he’s producing has been refuted by everyone from TMNT co-creator Peter Laird to everyone else on the internet. Paramount Pictures, the studio producing the film, tried to put a lid on the outrage pretty quick by filing a cease and desist, but you can’t take back stuff on the internet, so, if anything, the outrage has grown.

Now Bay himself has entered the fray posting the following communique on his official forum:

“The leaked script for Ninja Turtlesthat different sites continue to comment on was written well before I, or anyone at Platinum Dunes [Bay’s production company], was involved with the project.

“That script saw the shredder a long time ago.

“This is tired, old news — Wait for the movie!

“Michael”

Well, I guess that’s the end of that. Unless….

Yup, Latino Review says that the leaked script they had was dated January 30, 2012, which is about two years after Bay first came onto the project in 2010. It’s also worth pointing out that the whole notion about the Turtles being aliens was first leaked earlier this year, when Bay was already on the project for two years.

So tell us another one Michael Bay. [Don’t worry I’m sure he will.]

Source: Blastr

A lot of digital ink’s been spent on our site and others talking about the many horrid possibilities of Michael Bay‘s proposed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Well a Ninja Turtles fan site managed to get its hands on the script, which has since been put in turnaround by Paramount studios, and has submitted a, shall we say, negative review of it. And yes. it’s much worse than you think.

Here’s a list the atrocities the site cited in the script:

  • The Ninja Turtles as aliens? Yup, that’s true.
  • Worst still, the script pulls a Crystal Skull by making them inter-dimensional beings and not even real aliens.
  • Worse than that, they’re from Dimension X (better known as the home of Krang the Brain from….) And they’re the “chosen ones” of their alien turtle race.
  • Casey Jones is “an 18 year old security guard for a furniture factory and amateur hockey player.”
  • Teen security guard Jones is the one that gives the Turtles their individualized color bandanas so that he can tell them apart – Because all turtles look alike you see. So now Casey Jones is racist.
  • Finally, the Shredder has been recast as Colonel Schrader. Association with the Foot Clan was not revealed.

So is the script legit? Well, Paramount has already hit the site with a cease and desist order, but that’s hardly conclusive. What is interesting is that TMNT co-creator Peter Laird has broke his silence saying that the draft of the film he read is as bad as we think:

“Someone else alerted me to the existence of this script, and I just a few minutes ago finished reading it. If it is, in fact, the actual draft that was rejected and caused the production of the next TMNT movie to be pushed back to 2014 because the script was unsatisfactory, then I think all true TMNT fans should be grateful to the new “powers that be” that they did not allow this wretched thing to go any further. It could definitely be taken as a good sign if that is the case. It reminds me of one of the reasons I am glad to not own the property anymore… because I don’t have to tear what little hair I have left out while trying to fix junk like this.”

Interestingly, Laird’s Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman has been very enthusiastic about the project. To me it has all the makings of Superman: Flyby, the J.J. Abrams script where Krypton survived, was undergoing a civil war, and Lex Luthor is an alien bounty hunter. Hopefully, this Ninja Turtles script will find its way to the same bottomless desk drawer that Superman: Flyby sits in.

Source: Blastr

It was with a collective sigh of relief that fans expressed when Paramount and Nickelodeon decided to put their Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant (Alien) Turtles back on the shelf earlier this year, but still an opportunity exists to see a TMNT movie on the big screen sometime in the near future. The catch is it’s a documentary.

Independently made (in fact, they still need support and donations), Turtle Power charts the 25 year history of the franchise and includes some 60 interviews with several key figures connected to the Ninja Turtles including co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the voice cast of the original animated series, and Brian Henson, who was second unit director on the first, live-action Ninja Turtles movie.

All-in-all, this sounds like it could be the kind of fan splash that Never Sleep Again, the exhaustive documentary about A Nightmare on Elm Street was. Click on the teaser below and get seriously excited about what may come of Turtle Power.

Source: Bleeding Cool

There are certain  pop culture creations that people shouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole, such as: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Super Mario, Star Wars, and so on; it seems that not everyone got the memo when it came The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. While some may see the last few antics of changing the Turtles into Aliens as a great “marketing tool”, a consensus of angry nerds would happily tell you that “marketing” is a bunch of malarcky. When Bay announced that the turtles we all know and love would be “from an alien race,” in his film adaptation of the TMNT franchise due to release in a year, made all involved across the board chime in.

From TMNT creators  Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, and various actors involved in the franchise in the past managed to get Bay and Liebesman feathers all ruffled with their immediate response being “take a breath, and chill.” Well, I guess you all should take his advice ’cause there is another set of rumors ready to be validated that are gonna make you made in every type of way. You ready?

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film adaptation, will supposedly be called Ninja Turtles, which means that the characters will not be teens and (blasphemy in 3…2..1) may not be pizza hungry fiends! Bleeding Cool has this to say on the title change:

“We haven’t been able to get a definite statement as to why this title change is occurring, and our sources are not 100% clear on whether or not the Turtles will indeed be adolescents. One of our sources has said: “It seems to be driven by marketing. Think of John Carter and how Disney wouldn’t allow for a title with either “Princess” or “Mars.”

Just to cast a friendly reminder,  John Carter bombed in the box-office because of all the changes it made to a well known and iconic story line, so why is Michael Bay choosing to repeat an obviously proven mistake? Maybe ’cause he’s a fool, look at how long it took to get a decent Transformers movie out of that guy. Here is a simple and well proven saying that should be used in all situation like this: “If it ain’t broke. Don’t fix it.”

 

Future generations will mark the passing era as when our turtles were mutants and the coming one as when they became aliens.

Just days ago Micheal Bay announced that his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be aliens, sparking the internets equivalent of a riot (snarky messages on boards, repetitive memes and, misplaced references to inner child interference.) Voice actor Rob Rist  even chimed in with a sodomy reference. Rallying behind Bay’s vision, actress Judith Hoag and Asian stereotype Brian Tochi both managed to get their names printed on at least five websites when they voiced their support for contradicting the second word in the properties title. Boy, this is really starting to get heated, and by heated mean redundant.

Don’t get me wrong, I still think it is a terrible idea. I know that because it is a Micheal Bay idea, those are always bad (and soul crushingly always end up making butt tonnes of money.) With all do respect to the above mentioned actors, if this really is that big of a deal where are the big names attached to the heroes in a half shell, why haven’t they spoke up yet?

Well, co-creator Peter Laird has with a rather lengthy and rather interesting post on his blog. Hit the jump for more.

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