SAN DIEGO — What’s going to happen with Michael Bay’s planned “Ninja Turtles” reboot? That’s the question we’ve been asking ourselves ever since the project’s release date was delayed six months and rumors blamed that bump on initial fan backlash. But “Ninja Turtles” has supporters in high places, and it turns out that the delay might have been an intentional move by Paramount.
Our friends over at MTV Geek have been busy hosting day-long live streams, bringing some great comic book-related material from Comic-Con to viewers at home. They sat down with comic book writer and artist Kevin Eastman, best known for co-creating “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” with Peter Laird. Among other things, Eastman talked about the “Ninja Turtles” movie that is yet to be and why it has him excited.
“From what I’ve seen, it’s easily the best ’Turtle’ movie yet,” Eastman said. “We’re talking ’Raid: Redemption’-style fight scenes; we’re talking about epic ’Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ sort of effects.”
He said that it’s “still to be discussed” whether “Ninja Turtles” is going to use motion-capture suits on its titular heroes, but did confirm that the pushed-back release date was not caused by Paramount’s unhappiness with the project.
“A lot of people are worried we pushed the release date from December to May, but the 30th anniversary of the ’Turtles’ is in May, so it worked out perfectly,” Eastman said.
Last we heard, the plan for this reboot was to ditch the “teenage” and “mutant” elements of the story and have these “Ninja Turtles” be aliens from space. The rest of the plot will be familiar to fans of the series, but there was a very negative initial backlash to the news that these turtles would differ significantly from what we’re used to. It’s unclear whether that will still be the case now that Paramount is doing more work on the story concept.
Eastman, who has obviously been close to the franchise for decades, said change isn’t always a bad thing. Instead of being peeved by the way Bay and company are changing his source material, he’s embracing it.
“I know that Michael and his group really like that and that Paramount was supportive of that, so I think that it’s great,” he shared. “I grew up reading ’Captain America’ and ’The Avengers’ and all that stuff, and over the course of the comic book history, since ’Avengers’ has been around, how many times has it been reinvented, reformatted, restructured, replatformed?
“Every person that’s grown up inspired by that material wants to put their stamp on it a little bit. It just keeps getting better and better, and to have that opportunity is pretty awesome.”
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