Perhaps seizing on the notion that moviegoers are willing to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to see Michael Bay’s films, while maintaining a deep contempt for his storytelling process and heavy use of exploding computer graphics, the internet was set ablaze Monday, with blogs and major media outlets slamming the filmmaker’s announcement concerning the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and telling tales of fan outrage.
“When you see this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist when [we] are done with this movie,” Bay said about his upcoming series reboot during a presentation at the Nickelodeon upfronts. “These turtles are from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable.”
Outrage boiled over, leading Bay to issue a terse response on a website he often uses to make announcements.
“Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script,” he wrote. “Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.”