Michael Bay clarifies Ninja Turtles aliens rumours

News Matt Edwards
30 Apr 2013 - 05:53

The Ninja Turtles will not be aliens, says Michael Bay on the promotional trail for Pain & Gain...

Movie director and renowned internet darling (ahem) Michael Bay has been doing the press rounds for his new movie, Pain and Gain. You can read Den Of Geek’s take on that film here. While charming the pants off of the press like the roguish cad that he is, Bay took the opportunity to comment on the hubbub surrounding the upcoming Ninja Turtles movie reboot that he’s producing.

Last year, the internet slumped to the floor, red faced from screaming and overcome with emotion, as Bay suggested in an 11 second comment that the Ninja Turtles would be aliens in the upcoming film.

Of course, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have, traditionally, been mutants. It’s in the name. Such a significant change to their backstory seemed odd and played on existing fears that Bay and co might be intending to do awful, harmful things to our beloved Ninja Turtles. We were sceptical that things were quite so clear, though, and suggested that there were a lot of potential interpretations of Bay’s comments in this piece.

Then, last summer an early draft of the script leaked featuring a lot of really strange stuff, most notably alien Ninja Turtles. Bay dismissed the script as something that was scrapped, but has remained tight lipped (as has everyone involved in the production when pressed on the subject) on the issue of alien Turtles.

Finally, now, with the film currently in production and scheduled for release in June 2014, Bay has addressed the issue in a chat with US cinema listings site Moviefone. On the subject, Bay said “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. “

So there we go. Not aliens, alien ooze. Of course, “that quote” that Bay is referencing is something that he said in a video where we all saw and heard him say it, but whatever. It’s good news, and far be it for us to dig into positivity hoping to turn up something negative. Bay goes on to assure us that he is listening to the fans and that the digital effects for the Turtles look great.

We’re maintaining a ‘wait and see’ approach to this film at Den Of Geek. These recent comments on the film are certainly more in line with what we’ve been hoping to hear.

You can read the full interview with the Emperor of Excess, Michael Bay himself, here.

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