Michael Bay Responds to Fan Outrage Over TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Reboot 'Alien' Origin

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.

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 and, recently, producer Michael Bay dropped the first details about it's storyline. Unfortunately, fans of the property were not pleased when the Transformers director stated the Turtles "are from an alien race", a drastic change in the character's mythology. It wasn't long before droves of fans swamped Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and messageboards to denounce Bay's reboot concept.

Today, Bay has a rebuttal, and the message is to relax: "Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world."

The film is currently slated for theatrical release on December 25th, 2013.