The nostaglic childhood comic book and cartoon series is back once again on the big screen. Michael Bay who has produced action movies such as Transformers, Armageddon, and Pearl Harbor will be at the forefront of the new project, Ninja Turtles. Michael Bay has already announced he is planning on recreating the characters by turning them into aliens instead of sewer dwelling turtles. Really? Aliens? The movie will be released on Christmas Day 2013. By then let’s just hope someone gets a hold of the director and tells him to change his mind.
I know it’s been a while since we last heard from the Teenage Mutants, but they certainly were never aliens. Stoners yes, but aliens? Characters with artsy names dating back to the Renaissance, their extreme fondness for pizza, colorful vocabulary including “cowabunga” and “surf’s up dude” and an obvious obsession with ninjas makes a way stronger case for potheads than aliens.
Hopefully Michael Bay doesn’t stray too far away from the original storyline, but unfortunately, this seems inevitable considering the new title already eliminates the words Teenage and Mutant, simply leaving it as Ninja Turtles. Last time I checked, middle-aged aliens posing as teenage mutants isn’t what we have came to love in a cartoon. I would like to give Michael Bay the benefit of the doubt that he won’t butcher this classic, but turning our favorite mutant turtles into aliens has me worried.