With disappointment being the overall mood for the direction the reboot of “Ninja Turtles” was taking, it seems things may be looking up. With plenty of loyal fans assaulting Michael Bay’s shootfortheedit.com site, it seems a suggestion may have a chance of getting through to the producers. Fans want to hear actor Corey Feldman voice the bo staff wielding and highly intelligent ninja turtle Donatello.
Feldman has publicly defended the reboot, and is in favor of it, even if he’s not asked back. But he’d certainly like to return. Corey revealed that Michael Bay and he have become social acquaintances. And that they are in “communications.” No formal offer has been made just yet, and as Feldman tells it, the decision lies in the hands of director Jonathan Liebesman.
Here is his response.
“It’s kind of up in the air. I will say this much. Michael Bay and I have become social acquaintances. We have traded cell phone numbers. We have been in communication. I have let him know that I support the project. He has let me know that he is a fan of my work. It’s kind of…We are communicating. I wouldn’t say there has been a formal offer, or anything like that. It’s not even really going to be Michael Bay’s decision. It’s going to be the director of the film’s decision.”
Feldman was then asked if he has been keeping up with the latest Ninja Turtles news, and the fans very outspoken response to every little detail that gets announced.
“Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. But at the end of the day, I made a statement very early on. I saw some of the other voice actors from the original film were coming out and making statements, “How can he do this? He’s going to screw up the whole thing, blah, blah, blah…” Michael Bay and I have spoken about that. What I have said before to the press is that Michael Bay has done a great job of bringing these things back from the crypt. He has raised them from the crypt, he has brought them back to life, and he has put them on their feet, and made them very, very successful, and lucrative franchises, all over again.
He deserves incredible [recognition] for doing that work. I think that everyone can sit there and pick things apart. They can question it. And they can point fingers. They can say it’s never going to be good enough. They can say it is never going to be this, or that it’s never going to be that. But at the end of the day, it is a tried and true recipe. It’s a tried and true formula that he has created. Which is taking these films, or these genres from the past, and breathing new life into them. And he has done it with a great deal of success.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake that he did, which I thought was brilliant. The Transformers franchise. I think he has done an incredible job with that. I think people need to stop questioning the integrity of these creative ideas. The way that he is doing it? He has a formula, and that formula seems to be working. I think, at the end of the day, whatever he comes up with, people will be pleased to see it. I think it’s going to make a ton of money, and we will be happy. People should just cool their jets for a moment, and let him do what he does so masterfully.”
Here is the basic outline for the film.
The film will follow the exploits of the popular teenage, sewer-dwelling, ninja turtles named after famous Renaissance artists such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael.
“Ninja Turtles” will be released by Paramount Pictures under the Nickelodeon Movies label on May 16th, 2014. 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.