While we fans aren’t necessarily sold on Michael Bay’s adaptation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles directed by Jonathan Liebsman and written by ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’ writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, it seems that the Turtles’ creator, Kevin Eastman, is very high on the project. In fact, in an interview at Comic-Con with MTV, he declared that, “from what [he’s] seen, it’s easily the best ‘Turtle’ movie yet.”
Eastman, who has seen his incarnations go through a number of minor changes throughout the years, doesn’t see Bay’s change to the “teenage” and “mutant” elements of the characters as a bad thing. In the interview, he compares his team to another famous comic book team that recently achieved massive accolades at the box office:
“I grew up reading ‘Captain America’ and ‘The Avengers’ and all that stuff, and over the course of the comic book history, since ‘Avengers’ has been around, how many times has it been reinvented, reformatted, restructured, replatformed?
Every person that’s grown up inspired by that material wants to put their stamp on it a little bit. It just keeps getting better and better, and to have that opportunity is pretty awesome.”
The creator even addressed the push of the release date of ‘Ninja Turtles’ from Christmas 2013 to May 16, 2014 due to budgetary reasons and script issues. Again staying optimistic, he noted that the new release date coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Turtles, so things actually work out nicely.
For the whole interview, check out the video below:
Kevin Eastman is really high on Michael Bay and Paramount’s ‘Ninja Turtles’. Does his enthusiasm, in addition to the recent leaked plot details, put your mind at ease? Share your thoughts in the comments below.