Viacom Confirms Michael Bay Drops ‘Teenage Mutant’ For Just Ninja Turtles


[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1062:]]With the news that the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would have an alien origin, we now are receiving word that Michael Bay has also dropped the teenage aspect as well.

As the new Turtles do feature some kind of alien origin, the mutant aspect was a given to be a goner.

Now, it appears that “teenage” is dropped as well.

And where do we get this?

From Viacom.

Viacom, owner of Nickelodeon — owner of TMNT, posted on their blog a recap of the recent Nickelodeon Upfront, the presentation where the TMNT news first surfaced. There, they stated the new movie would be called “Ninja Turtles,” but were quick to add that in the new animated show — “teenage mutant” would remain.

Michael Bay gave the crowd a first look at the previsualization – filmmaker speak for a 3D, digitally animated storyboard – for Ninja Turtles, Paramount Pictures’ live-action reinvention of the franchise set to hit theaters next year.  “We want this film to have the impact of a Transformers one,” said Bay.  If the stunning previs is any indication, Bay is making good progress against that lofty goal in his role as producer.  Another tidbit he offered up is that the Turtles origin story has been updated, from the decidedly 80s radioactive waste accident to an alien planet.  The “teenage mutant” remains intact, however, for the brand-new CG-animated TMNT series debuting on Nickelodeon this fall – good news for those of us who grew up in a time when the names Leonardo and Donatello were more closely associated with pizza and kung fu than art.

In addition, the official Michael Bay forums have the thread listed as “Ninja turtles.”

The tentatively titled “Ninja Turtles” has a Christmas Day 2013 release.