Transformers director Michael Bay has suggested that his production company’s upcoming live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie reboot will be entirely rewriting the Turtles’ origins story and presenting the ‘heroes in a half-shell’ not as mutants, but as extraterrestrials. Seriously. Last week, while at Nickelodeon’s annual Upfront presentation, Bay told crowds:
“When you see this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable.”
Bay's comments did not go down well with Turtles fans, however, who quickly called for the director's massive head on a platter. In response, Bay has now posted the following on his official message board:
"Fans need to take a breath, and chill. 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."
To see video of Bay’s Turtles revelation, head over to io9.com.
Bay’s Turtles reboot is scheduled for release Christmas 2013.