Michael Bay’s wildly unpopular plans to reboot the much-loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise has taken another hit, reiterating the disdain with which TMNT fans view the troubled project.
Recently put on the back burner following a multitude of problems and production issues, the Transformers director’s take on the popular lean, green, ass-kicking martial arts reptiles has been panned from day one with Ninja Turtles fans booing and heckling from the gallery, watching on as Bay revealed his intentions for the famous foursome of Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo.
Bristling at the criticism, Bay has long pleaded for time and patience, urging fans to give him the benefit of the doubt — after all, no one had even read the prospective script for the movie.
That is, until now.
A draft of the script recently leaked online, providing investigative fans with all the ammunition needed to pour more scorn on Bay’s TMNT revival. The TMNT, not TANT blog got hold of the script, penning a review of the draft — which has since been removed due to “certain legal reasons.” The blog described it as ”worse than anyone could have ever imagined.”
The review continued:
“The script sucked. Plain and simple. It’s not just the ‘turtle being aliens’ thing that made it terrible: the dialog sucked, the staging sucked, changing Casey and April into 18 year old teenaged idiots sucked. All in all, it would make for a very terrible movie, whether or not you liked the turtles in the first place.”
Peter Laird, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, commented on the review:
“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.”
Still in pre-production, Bay may yet prove everyone wrong and provide a surprisingly entertaining movie. However, considering the amount of negative press the project’s has been receiving, the director might have to find some real ninja mutants to kick some butt and rescue his increasingly endangered plans of a well-received reboot.
Where’s a superhero talking turtle when you need one?