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Who knew that people still felt so strongly about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, other than Vanilla Ice?
Michael Bay tried to tell the Internerds to chill the eff out earlier this week after news broke that he was planning a reboot where our pizza-snarfing stars are aliens rather than little turtles that encountered some gnarly goo that transformed them. Now Peter Laird, who created the comic book stars along with writer/artist Kevin Eastman, has spoken up on Bay's behalf.
As we all do these days, Laird turned to his blog to talk back to worried fans.
Laird wrote, "But I would actually encourage TMNT fans to swallow the "chill pill" Mr. Bay recently suggested 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 applied to this idea, it might actually work. I'm not saying it's probable, or even somewhat likely … but it IS possible."
Laird doesn't own the rights to the property any more, so he has no official say in the matter, but he did have some ideas. And his blessing will carry weight with the hardcore TMNT fans. (Hopefully, it will even chill out voice actor Robbie Rist, who had some extremely colorful and offensive ways to describe Bay's reboot. Dude, it's a comic book/cartoon about turtles.)
Baird added, "However, as I have pondered this further, I have realized that in one way it IS truly a genius notion … 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 whole PLANET of them!"
More Turtles?! Laird says so, and Bay will make it so. Cowabunga and so on, dudes.