The upcoming reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, titled simply Ninja Turtles, has been a bit of a controversy since it was announced, as Turtles origin story looks to be thrown out the window in favor of a rip-off Transformers storyline. However it would seem that co-creator Kevin Eastman wants fans to know they shouldn't worry. He has already gone on the record as saying it will be a great film and he reiterated that in an interview with Examiner.com.
"This will be a great TMNT film," said Eastman. "Much like many thirty year old concepts, the TMNT's have been re-invented a number of times, some were stronger than others, but if you look at what Viacom/Nickelodeon has done/allowed to happen with the new TMNT animated TV series, and the new IDW comic series, each has a slightly new and refreshed take on the 'core concept,' the new film with be the same, a film 'well placed' in the TMNT lore the fans will enjoy. If we learned nothing else from one of my favorite Comic Book Based Films, 'The Avengers,' that there's a lot to be said about never forgetting that core concept and core fan-base."
He also told NBC Chicago about the script and what films the production is looking at for influence.
“From what I’ve seen of the script, it’s fantastic. Michael Bay has made some great and intense movies. We’re talking about being inspired by movies like ‘The Avengers’ for scope and roots origin and ‘The Raid: Redemption’ for fight scenes and ‘Rise for the Apes’ as far as computer-quality style.”
And where does Eastman fit into the film? Is he actually working on it?
"General creative consultant for the most part, which is cool as I get to wear a number of hats. From kicking the tires on a few plot threads with the awesome writers, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, here and there, to banging out cool character doodles for director Liebesman, they bring me in regularly to show off the latest landscape, and to get my thoughts, and so far, I'm 1000% on board! I know it will be an awesome film, and the start of a killer new franchise for Viacom."
So according to Eastman the film will follow Avengers by respecting the fan base, it will bring us crazy action like The Raid, and it will give us impressive CGI like Rise of the Planet of the Apes, yet he forgot to mention if it will indeed give us a good storyline? I still have my reservations about the film but we will just have to see how it turns out when it releases.
Ninja Turtles is now slated for a May 16, 2014 release date.