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Michael Bay Insists His Ninja Turtles Were Never Meant to Be Aliens

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtlesRemember all of that controversy about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Jonathan Liebesman and Michael Bay’s franchise reboot not actually being mutants, but rather aliens? Well, according to Bay, it was all over nothing.

In a new interview, Bay claims that not only are the Turtles no longer members of an alien race, but they never were to begin with. He just didn’t feel the need to correct people, despite the fact he’s been repeatedly outspoken about the movie in the past.

“There was that quote saying that we’re making [the Ninja Turtles as] aliens. We’re not,” Bay told Moviefone. “It’s the ooze! 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.”

That coupled with the fact the film will seemingly be called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles instead of Ninja Turtles like it had been originally planned makes it seem like Bay, Liebesman and Paramount Pictures are listening to early criticisms of the project. Hopefully that means this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film won’t be as terrible as a lot of people are dreading.

The movie, which just began filming, stars Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo and Megan Fox as April O’Neal and Danny Woodburn as Splinter. The film was recently rewritten by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman), and is scheduled for a June 6, 2014 release.


  • Leon Bright

    BULL $#!+!!! LOL!

  • Curtis Andrew Hedrick

    Ha! Right, all this time and he just now says “oh they were never aliens”. Still doesn’t matter though. Megan Fox is still in it.

  • demoncat_4

    in other words bay is now having to do damage control to make sure turtles does not turn out to be the film that bites him in his ass. and megan fox is still april oneil. plus the fact that one of the turtles own creators said bay was going to have them be aliens.

  • beane2099

    Could he also tell us Megan Fox isn’t actually in it?

  • JackSaat

    Lets wait for the first trailer to really can say of it will be any good!

  • Bryy

    My favorite part is how, in the leaked script, the alien thing is a huge reveal. So not only did you damage your film, Bay, but you also gave away the twist in a pre-production interview. GG.

  • drexel rivers

    this has disaster written all over it……

  • Michael Fitz-Gibbon

    So there’s definitely ONE mutant in it, then.

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  • lewis4510

    They were going to be aliens but when the shitstorm started they changed it to the original source material origin. Causing a complete rewrite of the script in turn causing production delays.

  • Fero

    Snow White and the huntsman writer…yay

  • Fero

    Megan fox and cg never led to any good in any franchise

  • Mario Di Giacomo

    I can’t see how we could possibly think they were aliens…

    No idea whatsoever.

  • wildstorm

    Not as terrible as people dread….Megan Fox is in so it’s worse

  • dregj

    if he back pedals any faster he’ll fall down a flight of stairs on to all his awards (oh wait)

  • darthtigris

    Uhhhh, yeah, ok. I think I found a picture of Bay’s mug …

  • PietroMaximoff

    “[they ]are listening to early criticisms of the project”
    lol not even the writer believes him!
    i bet this will suck…