Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Return to Screen, Minus the “Mutant”
If you ask me, Hollywood is feeling awfully nostalgic these days. Last week, it was announced that the Garbage Pail Kids, the filthy little toddlers that single-handedly rendered the Cabbage Patch Kids obsolete in the post-modern world were getting a film, and this week is has been announced that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are getting a face-lift.
Set for a Christmas Day 2013 release, Michael Bay will take a shot at the turtle franchise but down a completely novel avenue. According to a report, Bay hinted that the filmmakers would be removing the “mutant” aspect of the turtles’ back-story in place of an “alien race” one. Wait, but doesn’t that negate the whole title of the comic book series?
Well, hold on. Bay neither confirmed nor denied that it would indeed be the basis of the new film, but he did elaborate on the fact that kids would believe “that these turtles actually exist.”
Bay stated: “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.”
Someone should inform Bay that kids aren’t as naive as he’d like them to be, especially in 2012. As much as I’d love to think that Ratatouille is a real rat that has the ability to cook me up some divine French cuisine, I’m not buying it and neither is your 10-year-old cousin. That aside, this is great news even if Bay has his over-indulgent little hands in the project. The last two animated Turtles films did well both financially and critically; and with a fresh take, albeit a strange one, it’s clear that there’s still life to be breathed into this amphibian franchise.