Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles

So, most of you will already know that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are returning to the big screen for Christmas 2013. The problem is that these won’t be the mutated turtles we remember from our childhood, they will be aliens from another planet … um, what?

Yes during a Nickelodeon event Michael Bay, the films producer, stated the following: “When you see this movie, kids are going to believe one day these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie,” said Bay. “These turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable.”

Are you *bleep*-ing kidding me. What the hell is going through this man’s head? You can’t just take the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and totally obliterate their origin story that we all know and love. Yeah, we love the origin story to Ninja Turtles, we would pay to see that story not some stupid turtles from space crap.

My head hurts.

After this news was released, of course, it was met with widespread negativity from fans. Bay then released another quote on his website.

“Fans need to take a breath and chill,” said Bay. “They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of 'Ninja Turtles' to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.”

The thing that worries me here is when he says “complex back story”, because lets face it Bay and his team are not the best with coming up with stories. I would give you examples but if you’re reading this you probably already know what I’m talking about. (Mainly the Transformers movies)

So, if they are making the turtles complex expect a confusing, convoluted story that makes no sense and crushes everything we grew to love about the series.

You might say I’m overreacting, but I don’t think I am. I’m tired of people taking franchises and ruining them. Making the turtles aliens is NOT a good idea. I know they want to give it more weight and make it more believable. Yet, having them mutate is much more believable than believing that there is a planet out there that is populated by giant turtles. I mean, where do Splinter and Shredder fit into all of this?

Just give us the TMNT story we want. It's not broken so don't try to fix it.