Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Leaked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Script Sounds Terrible

Not that TMNT fans are surprised...

Months ago when news broke that Michael Bay's remake of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was going to completly bastardize the franchise, by making the beloved Turtles into aliens, the internet erupted with angry fans crying foul. Of course many fans were worried about this sort of thing from the start, as Michael Bay has a habit for changing childhood memories into a faint glimmer of what they once were.

A few days ago, an early version of the upcoming script was leaked onto the internet. The same script that forced Paramount to delay the movie by a year, to fix script issues. The website TMNT not TANT was the first to publish the script, but was asked to remove it a few days later by Paramount. According to io9, the script does indeed involve an alien race of turtles, and that four of them decide to visit Earth. April O'Neil and Casey Jones are dating, but they are only 18 years old and are still in high school. The antagonist is an evil leader named Colonel Schrader. As an avid TMNT fan with fond memories of watching the cartoon, the films and reading the comics, just hearing about the character reboots made me want to puke in Micheal Bay's face.

Peter Laird (who co-created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Kevin Eastman) has been very public in voicing his disapproval of the reboot. Laird also read the leaked script and had this to say about it:
Someone else alerted me to the existence of this script, and I just a few minutes ago finished reading it. If it is, in fact, the actual draft that was rejected and caused the production of the next TMNT movie to be pushed back to 2014 because the script was unsatisfactory, then I think all true TMNT fans should be grateful to the new "powers that be" that they did not allow this wretched thing to go any further. It could definitely be taken as a good sign if that is the case.
It reminds me of one of the reasons I am glad to not own the property anymore... because I don't have to tear what little hair I have left out while trying to fix junk like this. -- PL

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