'Ninja Turtles' Title

Paramount marketing changed the name. They made the title simple. The characters you all remember are exactly the same, and yes they still act like teenagers. Everything you remember, why you liked the characters, is in the movie. This script is being developed by two very smart writers, with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles. They care VERY MUCH about making this film for the fans. Everyone on this team cares about the fans. Just give them a chance. Jonathan the director, is a major fan of the whole franchise. HE'S NOT GOING TO LET YOU DOWN.

Michael

TMNT Creator Kevin Eastman Praises Michael Bay's Vision

Kevin Eastman - "Hey Guys, Sorry to have been away for so long--completely swamped with work--but it is some pretty exciting stuff. I had been invited to check out the TMNT film development by my friend Scott Mednick over the years, and a while back had a full look behind the curtian at what writers Appelbaum and Nemec, director Liebesman, and producer Bay are doing--and trust me--it IS AWESOME. I'm officially on board, and will share more as I'm allowed... thanks all!"

Sources:
Comicbookmovie.com / FaceBook

TMNT Co-Writer Peter Laird Speaks on TMNT Movie

I have had several requests from TMNT fans during this past week to comment on the idea of the Turtles being "reimagined" as aliens for the upcoming TMNT movie to be produced by Michael Bay. A few people -- who don't seem to understand that I am no longer in control of the property -- want me to stop this, somehow. Obviously, I can't do that, even if I wanted to.

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.

However, as I have pondered this further, I have realized that in one way it IS truly a genius notion. Let me explain…

Over the years, I have made no secret of my distaste for what I consider to be the weak, facile, creatively bankrupt idea which can be summed up like this:

"If FOUR Ninja Turtles are good, then FIVE (or more) Ninja Turtles MUST be better!"

It was in large part this brain-dead notion that led to the creation of the execrable "Venus de Milo" character in the blessedly short-lived live action TV series "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation". And I can't tell you how many times we got mail in the early years of the Turtles from people who thought it was simply an amazing idea to do a "fifth Turtle", and how many times those same people suggested that this fifth Turtle be named "Picasso". And many times, the brilliant idea to explain this extra Turtle was that, instead of there being just four pet shop turtles in that glass bowl in the origin story, there were really FIVE.

Sigh.

I'll admit -- I have played with the idea of more Turtles myself, a few times. There was the character of "Kirby", the "fifth Turtle" that Kevin Eastman and I came up with for one of the several movie ideas which never came to fruition. And I created the "Super Turtles" in Volume 4 of the TMNT comics published by Mirage… and they eventually appeared in one episode of the 4Kids animated TMNT TV series.

But…

… in both those instances, I was careful to make these Turtles not just MORE of the same, i.e. just extra TMNT. In both of the above cases, the extra Turtles were from other dimensions… and the Super Turtles, especially, were VERY different from the Ninja Turtles. I don't remember all the details of the work we did on that "Kirby the Fifth Turtle" thing, but I DO remember being adamant that if we were going to agree to the idea of a "fifth Turtle", it would have to be something other than the harebrained "there was an extra Turtle in the bowl, etc." idea.

Is that too fine a line? Yeah, maybe… but to my way of thinking, anyway, it is a CLEAR line.

Anyway, to get back to the "TMNT are aliens" thing -- the reason I say it could be a "genius" idea is that -- 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!

Joy. -- PL

Source:
Peter Laird's TMNT Blog

TMNT Fans

Fans need to take a breath, and chill. 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.

Michael

Source:
S4TE Forums

An Apology

As some of you might know, there have been several news outlets reporting on Chris O'Dowd's comments on Michael Bay. Here is Chris' apology:

Dear Michael,

Chris O'Dowd here, are as you probably know me, that loudmouth Irish shit. Or even more likely, Chris O'Who?

It seems some offensive words have been cast in your direction in the last day or two, seemingly from my own potty mouth. I thought it important to apologise and try and set the record straight, though I understand if I don't hear back from you.

First and foremost, let me say how difficult it is to compose an apology while galloping aimlessly atop the highest of high horses.

Please know this, I never called you an asshole. For one, I don't know you, and secondly, in Ireland, we say Arse.

More importantly, I Never called you sexist. I was quizzed as to why Megan Fox is considered such a nightmare to work with (which was not my experience when i worked with her twice this year) And What I actually said was; 'The way the Press gleefully dealt with the firing of a young woman was one of the most sexist things I've ever seen. People shouldn't revel in seeing anyone lose a job. The dismissal of an old male actor would never have been welcomed with the same joy and ridicule.'

It was naive of me to assume a remark aimed at the sexism in the entertainment press would reach its target in the entertainment press. I'm new to all this and that was stupid of me. You clearly got caught in the crossfire and I'm sorry about that.

I'm actually sorry I ever took the bait and got into this at all. I'm totally ignorant about it, I've never even had a conversation with Megan about it and was clearly too full of bravado and bereft of subtlety to defend a co-star professionally.

Anyway, I genuinely feel bad if this has hurt your feelings. It was always unlikely we'd ever work together given our differing genres and my own general physical ineptitude. But I hate the idea of offending anyone unnecessarily, that's really not me. So please accept this apology with the sincerity from which it comes.

Please let me know if there's anything else I can do.

Have a wonderful St. Patrick's day.

Sorry,

Chris.

(the Arsehole)

'Luck' Correction

Several outlets have erroneously been reporting that Michael Bay was the producers of the cancelled HBO series 'Luck' in which three horses died.

The producer of the 'Luck' is
Michael Mann, not Michael Bay.

'Pain & Gain' Audition

A Miami casting firm was fired from Pain & Gain yesterday for their bad choice of a publicity stunt for auditioning a former cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City. This was a stunt concocted by them. This audition was never seen by me, nor would it ever be considered. I'm told the true embarrassment would come from the audition itself.

Hopefully, it doesn't get into the wrong hands.

Michael

Pain and Gain Info / Hollywood Reporter Correction

I read something in Hollywood Reporter saying Pain and Gain is being made for $35 million. I wish. But it is being made for $22 million. I want to do this one cheap. Not get muddled in the stuff. It's about the characters on this one. I'm taking director scale pay as well. I have great actors and a fun script, it should be a blast. Anyway start shooting in a few weeks and will post from time to time.

Michael