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One day there will be a book called, "How Not to Promote a Reboot." This book will detail all the ways in which a filmmaker rebooting a major geek property can avoid generating hatred for their project long before it's ever released. So far, Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' could take up several chapters on its own. Recently the film, which will be joint produced by Paramount and Platinum Dunes, opted to change its title from 'Ninja Turtles' back to the more traditional 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles;' that is if any story about mutated amphibian martial artists can be called traditional. This left one major, burning question unanswered: would they still be aliens? It was initially announced that the first draft of the script imagined a whole new alien origin story for four principal heroes. This raised considerable ire from fans, as did practically everything else that was announced from that point. Now, Bay appears to be changing his tune. He had this to say in a recent interview with Moviefone...
"There was that quote saying that we’re making [the Ninja Turtles as] aliens. We're not, It’s the ooze! It’s from the original source material. These are from the original writers, and I never went out to correct myself in the press. I do listen to the fans and I do want this to be authentic. I think they’re going to be really happy with this movie. When I see the digital stuff, the turtles look great."
Yes, Michael Bay, there was that quote from the writers about making them aliens. There was also that quote from you in which you told fans to just "take a breath and chill" while you strove to give the characters a "more complex backstory." Also, if this alien thing was totally false from the start, why haven't you mentioned it until now? Were you just basking in the backlash? No, I think Bay, Liebesman, and probably somebody at Paramount decided it was time to stop screwing over the fans at the potential expense of ticket sales. After all, from a studio perspective, what's the point of banking on brand recognition if the final product based on that brand is totally unrecognizable? This quote from Bay comes just days after he retracted his 'Armageddon' apology, claiming he was misquoted despite the interviewer playing the tape back for NBC to prove Bay hadn't been misquoted, so you'll forgive me if I'm not quick to take the guy at his word. In any event, I think this finally settles the issue of the this alien backstory nonsense.
What do you guys think? Are you happy the alien origin seems to have been officially excised? What is Bay's flip-flopping and backpedaling lately?