TMNT Reboot for 2013!!
So it’s finally happened, the television show that defined my Saturday mornings and what really started me in martial arts from a very young age is getting a 21st century television and movie reboot! TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) is being revitalized for a new generation but also bringing back reminiscing memories to mine. The film will be directed by Michael Bay, the director with that lives by the philosophy, “the bigger the explosions, the better the movie” best known now for the Transformers franchise and Armageddon. I have no idea what kind of background, if any, Bay has with the turtles who were created originally by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. You know how I feel about film adaptations based on comic books. You can be reminded here. The point is that Bay has signed on to direct and I (as well as every other “fanboy”) am FURIOUS already! Recently he made a surprise appearance at a Nickelodean presentation where the upcoming animated series was pitched where he said that the turtles would be
“from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely loveable.” I’m sorry, ‘an alien race?!’ See for yourself. Michael Bay talks TMNT You can find the original article here. This is an OUTRAGE!! In my opinion, the TMNT that did the best job at following the original storyline was the original live-action film that premiered twenty-two years ago in 1990. Along with a respectable sequel and a less than abismal part 3, it took nearly fifteen years later for another film to be released… entirely animated… and no Shredder! The first live-action film was the best by far. It was dark, gritty, it followed the storyline and the characters origin to the letter.
Before this film was even officially announced, talks about this new movie had set the small man-caves of the internet buzzing over who would direct the film, whether it would be live-action, animated, CG, or a combination of all of the above. Fans have made fanfilms that arguably are much more respectable than what has been done by Hollywood recently. Just check out “Fight the Foot.” Considering the budget- or lack thereof- this was an amazing creative interpretation of foot soldiers and the turtle costume was very impressive. (Acting sucked though…)
Set for a Christmas Day 2013 release as of right now, (I’ll be 30 years old), Bay’s adaptation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is already considered a failure before the first frame is even shot. I hope at least the turtles will be named Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo, and Donatello and that Master Splinter is actually a rat and not a bush baby! Please have them eat pizza, and let April O’Neil be hot. Stay tuned.
Disclaimer: The fan art was from daverapoza.com Check out his amazing stuff!