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Michael Bay Confirms TMNT Movie Is Called Simply Ninja Turtles

Producer Michael Bay, who drew criticism last week after he said the heroes in a half shell in Paramount Pictures’ upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot “are from an alien race,” has confirmed reports that the film will simply be called Ninja Turtles.

“Paramount marketing changed the name. They made the title simple,” Bay wrote overnight on his website. “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.”

Jonathan is, of course, Wrath of the Titans and Battle: Los Angeles director Jonathan Liebesman, who earlier addressed the backlash over the “alien” Turtles, telling ComingSoon, “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 apeshit when they see it.”

For his part, Eastman endorses the reboot, telling fans, “I’m officially on board.” However, his Turtles co-creator Peter Laird wasn’t quite as effusive about the “alien race” concept, writing, “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.” He later emphasized his comments weren’t an endorsement of the idea, but rather sarcasm.

Written by Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, the $100 million Ninja Turtles is scheduled to arrive in theaters Dec. 25, 2013.


  • guff

    So Bay’s full time job is butchering 80’s properties now??


  • mea.glitch

    “Paramount marketing changed the name. They made the title simple,”

    …because that worked so well for “John Carter”.

  • CutterMike

    …Because they didn’t want the Teenage Alien Immigrant Ninja Turtles movie to be abbreviated “the TAINT”…

  • Lyle

    I can’t help thinking that Bay is missing the point of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He says that he’s shortening the name to make the title ‘simpler’, but, at the time the title was created, it was to make fun of how convoluted titles had gotten these days. To miss that important point suggests to me that this will not be a very good interpretation of this property.

  • Bass Guitar Hero

    My God, they dropped “Teenage Mutant” from the title. It’s over, man. Game over!

  • Yanks5179

    Just a little something I wrote up about this whole nontroversy.

  • Drew H Larson

    “Just give them a chance”

    “He’s not going to let you down”

    No Bay, it is you who we don’t like. It’s the idea that YOU
    are making these changes. Just say you are only producing the flick and that
    you have no creative control THEN we will be okay.

    Michael Bay the only time when decisions made by marketing is preferable.

  • undahpresha

    …just call it Ninja Turdles.

  • Eric Rich

    Wow, and it gets dumber and dumber…

  • Yanks5179

     I never saw anything about the name being from that.  Would you happen to have a source?  (and I’m not saying that sarcastically or to be a dick or anything, I just genuinely never saw that)

    I know they were created in part as a parody of Daredevil among others, but in the early 1980s, there really weren’t a lot of comics with similar names.  Heck, there were still only two X-Men book at the time (Uncanny and New Mutants)! lol

  • Relloro

    I don’t see how from a marketing perspective this suddenly opens the film to wider acceptance by consumers. Are girls going to suddenly be more interested because it’s Ninja Turtles instead of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Will grandparents be more interested because it no longer has teenage in the title? I don’t get the point. Like consumers are going to take it more seriously because it drops Teenage and Mutant from the title.

  • Anonymous

    I think the title is the least important change at this point. 

  • Anonymous

    From a marketing perspective, the title change loses the commonly known TMNT acronym, as well as recognized logos, but then Justice League always seems to do better without “of America”.

  • Bigcoon

    This will be Michael Bay’s biggest fail if he butchers the turtle’s story.

  • Yanks5179

     People say this, but the people who care so much that they’re treating it like the end of the world are a niche minority.  The general public doesn’t give a damn if they’re aliens or whatever.  Transformers was almost nothing at all like the source material, and yet it became a huge sales juggernaut.  People bitched, but you know what, people still saw it because non comic/cartoon fans of 80s franchise are greatly outnumbered by the general public who don’t care about faithfulness to the original because they weren’t fans of the originals in the first place!

  • Anonymous

    My god! He’s changing the name! Ahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brian Middleton Jr

    He didn’t say that he shortened the name.  He said Paramount did.

  • CogInTheWheel

    I usually never have faith in the things Bay touches….but since this is the TMNT, I’m putting faith in the writers and director. If I’m let down then oh well…least I still have the old comics/cartoons and the current IDW run.

  • Fero

    The script might be in the process of what YOU might dub two alleged”smart”writers but seeing as how the director of Battle:LA/Wrath of the Titans is made mainly for testosterone fueled people whom are settling for the table scraps that are out in theaters.People are tired of seeing their childhood’s butchered and your paving the way for cliche directors in the future of hollywood,we need to cinematically nourish this generation and bring back the Kubrick’s and Spielberg’s of old.Childhood,creativity and that sense of awe are now a thing of the past along with TEENAGE MUTANT…were all aware what you really care about is what franchise is up for grabs and will puke out the most money,take a lesson from some real directors like Besson and darrenofsky and if trully do care about the fans as you say then do us all a small favor and bring back the writers from the original.

  • Guest

    The reason they changed the name to simply John Carter was so that Disney could disassociate it from their bomb Mars Needs Moms.

  • David Fullam

    My plea to the world, stop paying to see this man’s films! You are only making it worse!

  • sandwich eater

    I’m not really worried about the title.  My concerns are the inevitable racial stereotypes, and the awkward Bay “humor,” the incoherent action scenes, and the generic talentless hot chick who’ll play April.  If anyone other than Bay was in charge of this I would be excited right now.  Anyway, Eastman’s endorsement has placated me so I’ll give this a chance and at least wait for some trailers before I start judging this.

  • Ackbar_FTW

    How can you “stay true to mythology” if you change it?  And don’t forget Battle: Los Angeles didn’t  do well, and I doubt Wrath of the Titans will either. 

  • sandwich eater

     Oh, I forgot to mention how there will be massive doses of US military propaganda.

  • Faeriefighterbri

    “Ninja Turtles.” Ok.
    Aliens… Whaaaa? You might as well create a whole new movie with whole new characters that is not suppose to be about our precious shelled turtle friends. It wouldnt hurt to create original story that is not based off a book, show, etc.

  • guff

    And yet, it bombed as well – lol

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    Making it simpler? Are you calling me a simpleton Bay? Were the children who grew up on the cartoon confused and needed coddling when the name stressed them out?

    Does making them aliens in any way better their origin, because that should be the ONLY reason to do it. Why can’t you think of your own ideas instead of tweaking others? Do you not have your own ideas anymore?

  • Scud

    Bay trolls HARD.

  • Archers A$$

    Rambo : first blood part IV——-  RAMBO

    John Carter a princess of Mars——- John Carter

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—– NINJA TURTLES

    Great names——  terrible movie names

  • Archers A$$

    TMNT  1990  had a ton of heart and was pretty close to the original source material.

    TMNT 2007  was THE COOLEST of the movies…

    NIJA TURTLES just sounds BAyD

  • Faust

    Not a fan of Michael Bay. And the previous movies from the director are not appealing to me.

    I just pray they dont screw this up! But I’m not optimistic. :(

  • local tutors

    TMNT game is my most favorite and I think Ubisoft game developer made the TMNT fantastic. Therefore I guess the movie will be another great work of fiction to experience. Thanks

  • Mattcomix

    Is the “Teenage Mutant..” part seriously too much of a commitment for our tragically hip and edgy society? Can we really not spare the extra half a second for the first two words?

  • Happily LS

    The extra two words are the whole point of the title, because it’s just funny to have to say Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. Being quirky and funny is still hip, right?


  • Ianhtexas

    Make the story line deeper by turning tmnt into tant eh? Idk man, just being an alien isn’t all that deep anymore. It seems more cliche to me now. So many franchises end up, after a while, in space or from space or whatever, i.e. Leperechaun, Jason, Hellraiser (well those are horror movies but thats beside the point). Anyways turtles already have that space element in the story with Yusagi Yojimbo and other dim ensions with the neutrinos and krang from Dimension X. And what about that giant floating cow head the turtles would ride around in. I mean c’mon man that was pretty original all be it kind of out there but thats what made it awesome. Basically the turtles, originally, already have everything you could want in a story; sci fi, horror, action, comedy, drama, etc… Everybody that remakes something always wants to be “creative and deeper” but really there just shuffling the deck and leaving some of the cards out. So yeah, I will always love and support the turtles no matter what. Turtle Power! Ian

  • Dzxtreme

    You HAD to steal that from =3 (RWJohnson), didn’t you? How lame. Come up with your own  material… You and Michael Bay sound like you’d get along well.