Michael Bay Insists His Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Come From The Ooze

There was a time not too long ago, around this time last year in fact, that Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot was just going to be called Ninja Turtles and that it it would feature some kind of alien back story. When the rumors spread, the internet exploded as fans screamed about Bay "raping their childhood." The Transformers director had to try and calm outrage not just once, but twice as a result, trying to save face for the project long before cameras were going to roll. Now that the film is getting closer to production, however, Bay is driving home the point that his film will do the franchise fans' justice.

When the subject of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was brought up in a recent interview with Moviefone, Bay was quick to try and clear the project's name of all previous charges, and set the record straight. "There was that quote saying that we’re making [the Ninja Turtles as] aliens. We’re not. It’s the ooze!" Bay told the site, referencing the goop that caused the titular gang to turn from regular turtles into shell-backed superheroes. The film's producer continued, saying,

"It’s from the original source material. These are from the original writers, and I never went out to correct myself in the press. I do listen to the fans and I do want this to be authentic. I think they’re going to be really happy with this movie. When I see the digital stuff, the turtles look great."

The new film's cast includes Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher, Danny Woodburn and Will Arnett, and is set to be directed by Jonathan Liebesman. Production is aiming to start soon in target of a June 6, 2014 release date.

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