IGN’s Joey Esposito just posted a great editorial surrounding the recent phenomenon regarding the consumer’s direct influence on the production of end-products. It addresses Bioware’s recent decision to supplement the ending of Mass Effect 3 due to fan uproar as well as TMNT fan’s right to obstruct the creative process of the Michael Bay’s TMNT movie reboot.
It’s a great read, however it does not address the fact that TMNT fans were already skeptical about Bay’s involvement due to his Transformer’s track record. The alien comment was just the “nail in the coffin.” Granted, we still do not know all of the details.
[UPDATE] Turtlegate: Director Comments, Co-Creator Clarifies
The fine folks at Superhero Hype caught up with TMNT reboot director Jonathan Liebesman and asked for his response to the “Turtlegate” insanity. His response:
"I heard about it, and I’m glad there’s such a passionate fanbase—I think that was good news for everyone—but literally, I’ve just been locked in a room with Kevin Eastman. I think what we’re developing, the fans will love. I’m a fan, and I love what we’re doing. It’s a lot of stuff Kevin’s been thinking about for a long time and just hasn’t done. Anything we expand will tie right into the mythology, so I think fans will go apesh*t when they see it." - Jonathan Liebesman, Superhero Hype
"Did you really get out of what I wrote that I in any way, shape or form LIKE the idea of a planet of Turtles? If so, I guess I have to re-think how I express myself… Just so it’s absolutely clear — I think a planet of turtles is not, in and of itself, a bad idea for some kind of science fiction/fantasy story. But as a way to explain any aspect of the backstory of TMNT, I think it is awful and unnecessary. Of course, we have no idea at this point if the plan is to have a planet of Turtles. It’s probably a good idea to wait and see." - Peter Laird, IGN.com
[UPDATE] TMNT Co-Creator Brands Bay's Alien Idea 'Genius'
According to AceShowBiz, TMNT co-creator Peter Laird recently took a stance on Bay’s “Turtlegate" on his blog:
"I have has several requests from ‘TMNT’ fans doing this past week to comment on the idea of the Turtles being ‘reimagined’ as aliens for the upcoming ‘TMNT’ movie to be produced by Michael Bay… A few people, who don’t seem to understand that I am no longer in control of the property, want me to stop this somehow. Obviously, I can’t do that, even if I wanted to… I would actually encourage ‘TMNT’ fans to swallow the ‘chill pill’ Mr. Bay recently suffused they take, and wait and see what might come out of this seemingly ill-conceived plan… It’s possible that with enough truly creative brainpower to this idea, it might actually whorl. I’m saying it’s probable, or even somewhat likely… but it IS possible… However, as I have pondered this further, I have realized that in one way it IS truly a genius notion… Anyway, to get back to the ‘TMNT are aliens’ thing, the reason I say it could be a ‘genius idea is that, for the first time, someone has come up with a way to have as many freakin’ Turtles as they want. I mean, if the ‘TMNT’ are actually members of an alien race, there could be a while PLANET of them! Joy." - Peter Laird, Peter Laird’s TMNT Blog
There you have it. One of the two co-creators is speaking out.
Again, we want your take! Please send us feedback via twitter (@TMNTPartyVan) or email TMNTPartyVan@gmail.com!
[UPDATE] Bay's "Turtlegate" Causes Rift Between Ex-Turtle Cast
Sides are being drawn in the pro/anti-Bay “Turtlegate.” According to IGN.com:
'Robbie Rist, who voiced Michaelangelo, posted a letter to Bay that said the filmmaker was “sodomizing” the beloved franchise with his alien approach. Said Rist, “I know believing in mutated talking turtles is kinda silly to begin with but am I supposed to be led to believe there are ninjas from another planet? The rape of our childhood memories continues…”' - IGN
On the other side of the fence, Brian Tochi, Leonardo’s voice actor in the ’90s movie stated:
"If Michael Bay wants to of a different take on the turtles origin story… mazel tov!" - TMZ
Along with Tochi, original April O’Neil actress Judith Hoag says she’s excited about Bay’s take on the turtles but also stated the following:
"I was in ‘Armageddon’… which Michael directed… as well as ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ and ‘I Am Number Four’ which he produced." - TMZ
Now, what could really settle this debate would be original Donatello voice actor, Corey Feldman’s take on the situation!
If you are not up to speed, the other day, Michael Bay announced that the movie reboot would see the TMNT as part of an alien race.
Yesterday, March 19, around 8p.m., Michael Bay made an official statement on his official forum regarding the uproar of the recent TMNT “alien” news:
"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." - Michael Bay, The Official Michael Bay Forums
Hopefully that puts everybody at ease.
What is our take? Possibly a plot that includes the mutagen (ooze) to contain alien specimens/DNA (possibly of the same species as Kraang?).
Hopefully Michael Bay isn’t hellbent on destroying our childhood as he did with Transformers fans… three times over…
In a previous post, we mentioned that Viacom CEO announced that the TMNT would be making their return to the big screen by the end of 2013. Now, according to Box Office Mojo, that release date has become a bit more defined: December 25, 2013.
[UPDATE] Viacom CEO Talks TMNT TV Series and Movie
On March 8th, during Viacom’s 45-minute annual meeting, CEO Philippe Dauman discussed the their future with the TMNT franchise:
"[Dauman] says that he’s enthusiastic about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series launching on Nickelodeon later this year - to be followed by a Paramount film due out by the end of 2013. Dauman added that the company plans a global consumer products initiative for the franchise. ‘It’ll be a big hit,’ he says." - Deadline, New York
Confirmed thus far are a TV series, film, and toy lineup with speculation of a new video game based on the TV series by Call of Duty publisher Activision.
The TMNT seem to have a pretty bright future ahead of them! Stay tunes to TMNT Party Van for more updates!
[Article] TMNT Shell Shock Ride, Mall Of America Poised To Break Guinness World Record
On February 27th, the Mall of America (Bloomington, MN) announced that they, in partnership with Nickelodeon Universe, will celebrating the grand opening of the new TMNT Shell Shock ride on March 17, 2012 at 9 a.m.
According to the Mall of America, the attraction will lift “riders 70 feet in the air in a matter of seconds.”
On top of the announcement of the grand opening, the Mall of America put out an open call to all TMNT fans in an effort to break the Guinness Book of World Records’ “Largest gathering of Ninja Turtles:”
"To celebrate the Grand Opening of the newest ride at Nickelodeon Universe, TMNT Shell Shock, we’re calling all TMNT and Nickelodeon Universe fans to join us Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 9 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in West Market Square to break the 786 person record of TMNT fans dressed as Ninja Turtles. Nickelodeon Universe will provide t-shirts and green face masks to the first 800+ people while supplies last. For participating, guests will receive a complimentary ride pass to check out Shell Shock before anyone else!” - Mall of America
Stay tuned to TMNT Party Van to see if the record was broken!!!
With such dark source material as the original comics, TMNT must be the most difficult “children’s” franchise to work with.
Should the reboot exude a darker realism a la Nolan’s Batman, or an over-the-top Shrek-style adventure? Can we hope for a happy medium? Better yet, should the TMNT ever have been marketed toward children or do we have children to thank for their continual presence? Have we gone overboard? Probably, but we will blame it on our excitement of the news of a live action movie reboot!
Playmates Marketing Reveals Activision to Release TMNT Game?
According to TheHDRoom, In a photo taken of the Playmates marketing strategy poster at the 2012 International Toy Fair in New York by @Toyark, “Call of Duty” publisher Activision is listed as a “key licensee.”
"Cross-Promotions with key licensees, including IDW & Activision" - Playmates Marketing
Activision is the publisher of “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron” and the refresh of “007 Goldeneye: Reloaded.”
[UPDATE] Variety: Jonathan Liebesman in Talks to Direct TMNT Film
Justin Kroll at Variety has reported that director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), is in talks to direct Paramount’s live-action TMNT reboot.
Other details include:
- Michael Bay (Transformers,The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), and horror reboot kings Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th) would produce for Platinum Dunes.
It has been officially debunked. The rumor started a few weeks ago that video game developer Rocksteady Studios would be developing a new TMNT has been debunked according to Kotaku:
"Rocksteady chief Sefton Hill told Kotaku that, while the rumor was amusing, they’re doing no such thing" - Kotaku
While it was only a rumor and based purely on speculation, it was fun while it lasted. Rocksteady has certainly done an amazing job with the Batman franchise and it would a dream come true to see the TMNT get the Rocksteady treatment (no pun intended). While on the topic, we whole-heartedly agree with 4X’s comment.