It seems like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman is very excited about producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman's take on Ninja Turtles even though we've been hearing a bunch of negative stuff about it. Of course there's the chance we'll be blown away, especially if what Eastman is saying is true. He's comparing the movie to The Avengers in terms of “scope and roots origin,” which sounds cool in theory. Only time will tell if that is what the movie will turn out like that though. Here's what Eastman had to say about Lisbesman's vision for the movie in a recent interview with NBC 5 Chicago,
Jonathan Liebesman is going to make a great film. From what I’ve seen of the script, it’s fantastic. Michael Bay has made some great and intense movies. We’re talking about being inspired by movies like ‘The Avengers’ for scope and roots origin and ‘The Raid: Redemption’ for fight scenes and ‘Rise for the Apes’ as far as computer-quality style.
I think it's interesting that Eastman is excited about it, yet the other co-creator of the franchise Peter Laird isn't happy with what he's seen and read from the film at all. I guess it all depends on who you trust more. Eastman also did an interview with The Examiner in which he addressed the fans of the franchise saying,
I like to answer this by basically telling the fans first and foremost not to worry, this will be a great TMNT film. Much like many thirty year old concepts, the TMNT’s have been re-invented a number of times, some were stronger than others, but if you look at what Viacom/Nickelodeon has done/allowed to happen with the new TMNT animated TV series, and the new IDW comic series, each has a slightly new and refreshed take on the 'core concept,' the new film will be the same, a film 'well placed' in the TMNT lore the fans will enjoy. If we learned nothing else from one of my favorite comic book based films, The Avengers, that there’s a lot to be said about never forgetting that core concept and core fan-base.
Eastman is really rooting for this movie isn't he?! As a fan that grew up reading the comics, watching the animated series, and the early films... I really hope this movie turns out as good as Eastman says it will be. It is possible.
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