Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans have been up in arms over Michael Bay's announcement that the turtles in the upcoming TMNT flick would be "from an alien race," but Bay is just the producer of the film. Jonathan Liebesman, who will actually be directing the new Turtles, says the story isn't exactly what Bay's controversial comments would imply.
"Look, it's so funny," he told Collider, "if everyone was such a die-hard fan, they would know that the TCRI canisters where the ooze comes from, that is alien ooze. Now I'm not saying what Michael said is exactly what the movie is, because we're sitting in a room now figuring everything out."
Liebesman also said that the movie's mythology was coming directly from Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, and that everything in the movie would "tie in" with existing TMNT canon.
"A lot of it is stuff he's wanted to do for a long time, but just hasn't had the opportunity because now we have the budget and things on this film to expand it in the right way," he said. "It's all coming from the best possible place for this franchise."
When asked whether the new film would use CGI or practical effects, Liebesman said, "All I'll say is that I love how they did [The Rise of the Planet of the Apes]. That was exceptional."
Photorealistic motion-capture Ninja Turtles? Hey, that's worth a shot.
The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film is scheduled to start shooting this fall.