TMNT Co-Creator Talks Michael Bay Controversy


Co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Peter Laird, has weighed in on Michael Bay's comments relating to the new TMNT film on his personal blog. Bay spoke at a Nickelodeon event where he said that the Turtles would now be aliens or interdimensional beings and launched a massive firestorm of hatred from fanboys. Laird reiterates that he no longer has any control regarding the Turtles because Nickelodeon bought out his rights to the property. He writes,

...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.

Bay claimed in an update on his website's forums that one of the co-creators of the Turtles is involved in production. If Laird says he's not involved, does that mean co-creator Kevin Eastman is? Last I heard, Eastman wanted nothing to do with the franchise. Could Bay have changed his mind? While this may not be what fans wanted to hear, Laird isn't alone. Brian Tochi, voice actor for Leonardo in the live-action Turtles films said, "If Michael Bay wants to do a different take on the turtles origin story ... mazel tov!" Judith Hoag, April O'Neil from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, is no stranger to the works of Michael Bay admitting she was in Bay's Armageddon, as well as A Nightmare on Elm Street and I Am Number Four (both films that Bay produced). Does Laird's view change your mind on the new TMNT film?

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