Michael Bay Responds To 'Ninja Turtles' Outrage

The "Turtles" fans have spoken: leave our pizza parties alone!

Producer Michael Bay's plans for his "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot sparked outrage over the weekend when it was learned that he'd be modifying the party-loving heroes in half-shell's back stories in one key way: instead of being mutated turtles, Leonardo and the gang are going to be aliens in Bay's vision. Not exactly comforting news for the diehard "TMNT" fan, to say the least.

But Bay doesn't want fans to overreact. On his Shoot For The Edit message board, Bay responded to the "Turtles" outrage and asked fans to give him the benefit of the doubt.

"Fans need to take a breath, and chill," he wrote. "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."

One longtime member of the "Turtles" community doing the opposite of relaxing? None other than Robbie Rist, the actor who provided Michelangelo's voice in the first "TMNT" film.

"You probably don't know me but I did some voice work on the first set of movies that you are starting to talk about sodomizing," Rist called out to Bay in a statement published by TMZ. "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."

Whose side are you taking, Bay's or Rist's? Are you worried about the future of the "TMNT" series? Tell us what you think in the comments section or hit us up on Twitter!