Bay’s “Ninja Turtles” Script Leaked!! Project Cancelled!?
So back in March I was super excited to post about the announcement of a new reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. You can read it here. This had me so excited, I jumped the gun (as all fanboys did) in rejoicing the revival of one of my childhood loves. Alas my excitement was for-not when I saw a video about the film’s director Michael Bay announce his vision of the film.
Bay’s vision of the Teenage ‘Alien’ Ninja Turtles pissed off a lot of superfans and 20-somethings like myself. Recently, a draft of the script leaked and to no surprise, fanboys shouted to the Internet gods with disapproval. Paramount was furious and demanded that the script be taken down from all websites. Of course, samples did manage to slip through the cracks of the World Wide Web.
My cousin and a fellow nerd fanboy presented an excellent point to me the other day. Think about all the major highly-anticipated movies over the years. Regardless of genre or origin. How many “Dark Knight,” “Apollo 13,” or “Toy Story 3” scripts leaked during production or before production even began? These people who “accidentally” leak these working scripts do so not for 15 minutes of fame or to steal credit that’s not theirs to take; they do it because THEY DON’T BELIEVE IN THE PROJECT! All films being produced in Hollywood, regardless of budget, require everyone to sign confidentiality agreements saying they will not divulge any information about the film but it still happens. It happens only when those working on it don’t believe the film will be good enough for their target audience and believe it or not, whoever leaked this and to all those who shared it did Michael Bay and his people a favor for saving us from butchering my childhood memories.
To date, this short fan film is the best TMNT adaptation I have seen.
I hope that Bay reconsiders his position of making the turtles from an alien race with no foot clan, no mutagen references, and that Casey Jones is a security guard/minor-league hockey player and April O’Neal is an aspiring journalist, and both are 18-year old high school exes. You can read that article here. Michael Bay, if you’re not going to change this back to it’s original glory, you may as well just CANCEL THE WHOLE DAMN THING!