FINALLY the TMNT Director Speaks Out!
As the TMNT war rages on, we've heard from lots of people. Michael Bay (of course), BOTH of the creators of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman), and a few of the actors from the original live-action film series. But strangely, we haven't heard anything from the director, Jonathan Liebesman, who also directed next week's release, Wrath of the Titans. Until now. ComingSoon was at a press junket for the film and obviously the subject came up. This is what Liebesman had to say:
I heard about it, and I'm glad there's such a passionate fanbase--I think that was good news for everyone--but literally, I've just been locked in a room with Kevin Eastman. I think what we're developing, the fans will love. I'm a fan, and I love what we're doing. It's a lot of stuff Kevin's been thinking about for a long time and just hasn't done. Anything we expand will tie right into the mythology, so I think fans will go apesh*t when they see it.
Also speaking to Collider:
Look, it’s so funny—if everyone was such a die-hard fan, they would know that the TCRI canisters where the ooze comes from. That is alien ooze. Now I’m not saying what Michael said is exactly what the movie is, because we’re sitting in a room now figuring everything out. So we don’t know, but we are like Michael said: we’re expanding it, and the expansion will be true to the mythology… Whatever mythology we’re building on or expanding is coming from that guy, Kevin Eastman’s head, who created the Turtles in the first place. And so everything will tie in with the mythology; fans will be extremely excited with what we’re coming up with. A lot of it is stuff he’s wanted to do for a long time, but just hasn’t had the opportunity because now we have the budget and things on this film to expand it in the right way. And so, I’m happy that everyone is extremely passionate, and they will not be disappointed. It’s all coming from the best possible place for this franchise.
Honestly, I've never seen something this ridiculous go on for so long. Maybe there have been other things but come on, folks. It's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They've been around for 28 years. You still have the movies, the cartoons, the comics, and the toys. THEY'RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE. If you don't like it, don't go see it. Don't be like this guy. Even though I think he's somewhat funny. In the worst way. Almost like the fanboy version of the "fat guy Norm" guy.