NINJA TURTLES Director Jonathan Liebesman Offers More Details About the Film

Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures have teamed up with Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes production company to re-imagine the popular film series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which has garnered three live-action film, an animated feature and long running cartoon series over the past two decades.

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a team of four anthropomorphic turtles, who were trained by their anthropomorphic rat sensei in the art of ninjutsu and named after four Renaissance artists: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Rafael. They reside in the storm sewers of New York City and battle petty criminals, evil megalomaniacs and alien invaders while remaining isolated from society at large.

Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol scribes Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec worked on the reboot's script for Paramount. After a theatrical release date was recently established, producer Michael Bay offered a few words about the project; one statement, regarding the characters' possible origins being different from the last batch of films, has caused a load of unnecessary controversy with the property's fanbase. In response to the viral uproar, Bay sent out a message through his website attempting to calm fans down.

The project's director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Battle Los Angeles) has also commented on the "debacle" and wholeheartedly backs up Bay's statements:

“I’ve just been locked in a room with Kevin Eastman. I think what we’re developing, the fans will love. I’m a fan, and I love what we’re doing. It’s a lot of stuff Kevin’s been thinking about for a long time and just hasn’t done. Anything we expand will tie right into the mythology, so I think fans will go apesh*t when they see it.”

“Look, it’s so funny—if everyone was such a die-hard fan, they would know that the TCRI canisters where the ooze comes from. That is alien ooze. Now I’m not saying what Michael said is exactly what the movie is, because we’re sitting in a room now figuring everything out. So we don’t know, but we are like Michael said: we’re expanding it, and the expansion will be true to the mythology.” … “Whatever mythology we’re building on or expanding is coming from that guy, Kevin Eastman’s head, who created the Turtles in the first place. And so everything will tie in with the mythology; fans will be extremely excited with what we’re coming up with. A lot of it is stuff he’s wanted to do for a long time, but just hasn’t had the opportunity because now we have the budget and things on this film to expand it in the right way. And so, I’m happy that everyone is extremely passionate, and they will not be disappointed. It’s all coming from the best possible place for this franchise.”

The film, which is reportedly working under the abbreviated title Ninja Turtles is currently slated for theatrical release on December 25th, 2013.