Update: See Michael Bay's response to this story below ...
8/27/12: The Platinum Dunes reboot of the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise never got off to a good start. Michael Bay is a divisive lightning rod amongst film lovers, so his involvement was an immediate red flag. Bay then made things worse by telling people that the new film would change the essence of what the Turtles were, making them Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles instead of Mutants. This, obviously, did not sit well with fans.
It was a quick downward spiral from there, and since then the project has been delayed for “retooling.” After reading this script review from blog TMNT Not TANT, we can understand why. We also hope there’s some very serious "retooling" happening if this project is ever going to move forward.
While we’re hardly hardcore Turtles fans (we saw the movies and the cartoons and have dabbled in the comics), you don’t need a doctorate in Turtle-ology to see that this project was on the wrong path and guaranteed to anger fans.
The site has posted some choice snippets from the script, including the revelation that Shredder is now Schrader and some sort of military man (and the Foot are his “team” or something) and that Casey and April are teenagers in love with the dramatic complication of her moving to New York to follow her career and Casey wanting to stay local. The Heroes in a Halfshell almost seem like an afterthought. As the site mentions, this is eerily reminiscent of Transformers.
Worse than that is the actual dialogue on display in this draft, which is howl-inducingly terrible in some of the samples on the site. We’ll not even get into the crossover into “Dimension X” and the big revelation there.
Whether or not this was a final script or an early draft remains to be seen – but what is obvious is that it’s A, lousy, and B, at least a framework for the direction this project was headed. If it’s accurate, delaying this thing was in everyone’s best interest. [above via Mike Bracken; see original post]
Update: It didn't take long for Michael Bay to respond to all the negative feedback this leaked draft of the script brought to the online world. As he tends to do when a story about him or one of his projects begins making the rounds, Bay took to his forums to clear some of this up, claiming he had nothing to do with this version of the script.
Bay claims the "leaked script for Ninja Turtles that different sites continue to comment on was written well before I, or anyone at Platinum Dunes, was involved with the project. That script saw the shredder a long time ago. This is tired, old news -- wait for the movie!"
After folks pointed out that the script was dated two years after Bay's Platinum Dunes signed on, the director returned to his forums to clarify further. "To end this stupid merry-go-round and explain the math...Yes we signed on two years ago to Turtles, but with no deal in place. Deal completed towards end of last year. And yes, thats how long deals sometimes take. So no work was done on the script. Blame Paramount, not us for the first draft."
Good news for Bay is that he has time to turn this project around. The new release date for Ninja Turtles is now May 16, 2014. For everyone's sake, let's just hope the second draft is better than the first ... [via Coming Soon]