Monday, 19 March 2012


Michael Bay, the guy who made three Transformers movies which felt about as much like Transformers films as the Twilight films do, is to be bringing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the big screen in 2013, but he's now revealed that he's changing their origins.

Can't this guy leave stuff alone? After suffering global outcries following the Transformers films for their liberal screwing-up of the franchise's major elements, he's at it again with another much-loved childhood hit.

So after Transformers and its TINO nickname (Transformers In name Only), will fans around the world dub this TMNTINO? The 2007 CG movie of TMT was pretty damn close to the source material (by which I mean the Eastman and Laird comics, which came before the cartoon), but the knowledge that Bay is attached to this new version of the franchise just sets alarm bells ringing for many people.

For me, it make me despair for an age where Hollywood could come up with something new once in a while, rather than ruining everything that has ever existed with remakes, re-imaginings and re-releases. 

Come on Bay, either give the Turtles their proper origin, or don't make it at all. Making them aliens just gives him an excuse for epic battles, which is a mistake. The turtles are supposed to be in the sewers, the streets, alleyways and dark places.

If only someone could make a faithful live action film of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with practical effects and a simple story. If only. Oh, wait, yup – we already have one. Shut up, Hollywood – go and sit in the naughty corner.

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