For nearly a week, fans have been in an uproar over producer Michael Bay’s tease of a revamped origin for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s upcoming live-action movie reboot. Yesterday, one-half of the team responsible for creating the popular team weighed in on the subject — and doodled a nifty Teenage Alien Ninja Turtle headshot.
“I would actually encourage TMNT fans to swallow the ‘chill pill’ Mr. Bay recently suggested they take, and wait and see what might come out of this seemingly ill-conceived plan,” TMNT co-creator Peter Laird wrote on his blog. “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.”
Laird commented on Bay’s description of the Turtles being ” from an alien race” after receiving numerous requests from TMNT fans to intervene and prevent the upcoming origin overhaul. Unfortunately for devoted followers, Laird is no longer in a position to control the futures of his famous creation, having sold the rights to Nickelodeon in late 2009.
While Laird’s comments might dismay fans, the artist explained he’s not endorsing the origin tweak per se, but is trying to look for the potential upside. After explaining that for years, he and TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman tried to come up with a non-creatively bankrupt way to introduce a fifth Turtle to the crew, Laird brought his thoughts back to Bay’s “alien” comment. “[T]he reason I say it could be a ‘genius’ idea is that — for the first time — someone has come up with a way to have as many freakin’ Turtles as they want. I mean, if the TMNT are actually members of an alien race, there could be a whole PLANET of them!
Meanwhile, Vanilla Ice is the latest celebrity-with-TMNT-ties to offer his thoughts on the reboot, joining the ranks of Brian Tochi and Judith Hoag, the actors who played Leonardo and O’Neil in the original TMNT movie, in support of the idea. The rapper, who’s “Ninja Rap” was infamously featured in “TMNT 2: The Secret of the Ooze,” tweeted yesterday, “Aliens or not they are still NINJA’S !!! Represent !!! Whoop whoop !” after launching his Twitter campaign to get “Ninja Rap 2” on the reboot’s soundtrack.
CBR News has reached out to Laird’s TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman for comment but has not yet received a response.