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Producer Michael Bay has created controversy just by having his name connected to the remake of “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise.  Now “Ninja Turtles” co-creator Kevin Eastman has sketched an illustration of what the newly imagined turtles might look like.

Wearing more armor and sporting more weapons than one of King Arthur’s knights, the metal suit resembles a samurai more than a ninja, which actually plays against the newly christened “Ninja Turtle’s” title.  Some sites are comparing the illustration to a Transformer in reference to producer Michael Bay’s robot trilogy background.

The sketch was sent as a gift to hip-hop artist Kid Cudi (whose real name is Scott Mescudi) by homies Andrew Form and Brad Fuller at Platinum Dunes. Cudi may be involved with Michael Bay’s “Ninja Turtles” reboot. He also tweeted:

“To everyone with doubts & concerns about the new TMNT reboot, trust me, there is NOTHING to worry about. Trust. Everyone will be pleased!”

“Ninja Turtles” will be released by Paramount Pictures under the Nickelodeon Movies label on December 25th, 2013.  Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec are writing the screenplay based on characters created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.  Jonathan Liebesman (“Wrath of the Titans”) directs.

Sources: Cud Life (Tumblr,) 411mania.com, huffingtonpost.com, io9.com