March 19, 2012

TMNT UPDATES: Turtles Will Be Aliens And Krang The Villain?

Looks like the development on Jonathan Liebesman's (Wrath of The Titans) reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is in full swing. As two updates on the project have been circling over the last couple of days. First is a direct quote from producer Michael Bay from the 2012 Nickelodeon Upfront stating the turtles are going to be an "alien race".

“These turtles are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable. Kids will believe one day that these turtles do exist when we’re done with this movie.”

This has a lot of fans of the material including myself questioning this new origin as the title of the series has not been Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles. I'm not sure how this will factor into the origin but how can remove the mutant aspect of the mythology when it's right in the fucking title? Bay's production company Platinum Dunes is mostly known for horror reboots which for the most part are equally homages to the original source material as much as remakes. So it's hard to understand where they are going with the drastic change to the origins of the turtles. However, time travel was the plot device of the third film so this isn't the weird move.

The second part which is less aggravating is a rumor revealing the film's villain. FirstShowing says that Krang best known from the 80's television series is the rumored antagonist of the reboot. It's an interesting move since Krang has never been used in the previous films. It sort of makes sense considering the mentioning by Bay of another dimension. After he was exiled from his home (Dimension X) with his precious mobile headquarters called the Technodrome, Krang traveled to Earth and allied himself with Shredder. The site also states that turtles themselves will be inter-dimensional beings which could connect them to Krang somehow.

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