There’s a lot happening within the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” universe that’s rubbed fans the wrong way. Chief among their grievances is a change to the Turtles’ origin: These heroes in a half-shell are no longer simply the mutated product of an ooze spill on some unwitting turtles — they’re now creatures from a different planet.
But there’s at least one carryover from the original film trilogy that should put a smile on fans’ faces: Vanilla Ice is back, back, baby … maybe.
MTV News caught up with the rapper during his Sneak Peek Week appearance for “That’s My Boy” ahead of Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards, and he teased that he may very well be involved with the Michael Bay-produced “Ninja Turtles” reboot.
“I can’t say anything,” Ice grinned when asked if he would be involved with the return of the Turtles. “I know that they’re not from the sewers now. They’re aliens now or something.”
Ice, who famously performed “Ninja Rap” in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze,” is a committed fan of Splinter’s reptilian warriors. Like, seriously committed, to the extent that he’s tattooed their likeness to his own shin.
“I don’t mess around,” he said of his “TMNT” pride. “I’m still a Ninja Turtles fan.”
And to that end, Ice said he’s very much interested in continuing his relationship with the fan-favorite franchise. Whether or not he’s actually involved with Bay’s planned reboot remains a mystery for now, but the rapper is wide open to the possibility at the very least.
“Absolutely,” he said when asked if he’d want to join in on the new-age “Turtles” fun. “I’d get a tattoo of it. I’d be all over that. Aliens, sewers, whatever: They’re still Ninja Turtles, and I’m a ninja, so I get in where I fit in.”