Leonardo, O'Neil In Favor of Bay's TMNT Reboot

TMNT-gate rolls on as April O'Neil and Leonardo publicly state their support for producer Michael Bay's vision for a re-imagined "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." TMZ reports that Brian Tochi and Judith Hoag, the actors who played Leonardo and O'Neil in the original TMNT movie, respectively, are both fully in Bay's corner when it comes to the live-action reboot.

"Michael Bay wants to do a different take on the turtles origin story ... Mazel Tov!" Tochi said. Hoag's support may be a bit mercenary in nature as she openly lists the Bay projects she's been involved in since her sewer-spelunking days.

Yesterday, actor Robbie Rist, who voiced Michelangelo in the first TMNT live-action flick, shared his pleasure in a very public, hyperbolic fashion, writing an open letter which stated, "You probably don't know me but I did some voice work on the first set of movies that you are starting to talk about sodomizing. I know believing in mutated talking turtles is kinda silly to begin with but am I supposed to be led to believe there are ninjas from another planet? The rape of our childhood memories continues."

Rist's outburst was only part of the anger expressed online by fans, with Twitter, Facebook and the blogosphere lighting up in the days after Bay's vision for the new Turtles film was revealed. "These Turtles are from an alien race," Bay said during Nickelodeon's upfront presentations last week. "They are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable."

Bay responded publicly to the negative outcry by saying fans "need to take a breath, and chill," claiming he is working with one of the Turtle's original creators to "expand and give a more complex back story" to the TMNT mythos.

CBR News has reached out to TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman for comment but has not yet received a response.

Check out the video clip from Bay's presentation below, and stay tuned to CBR News for more "TMNT" news.

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