Michael Bay Explains That ‘TMNT’ Script, Wants You to Blame Paramount
By now you’ve read about the terrible ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ draft that hit the web a few weeks ago. You know, the one where the turtles are from “Dimension X” and Casey Jones is an 18-year-old dating a CBS-interning April O’Neil. So bad were the reviews of this script that the entirety of the internet agreed it was a good thing that Paramount postponed the project indefinitely. But now one of the film’s producers, an outspoken fellow named Michael Bay, wants you to know where exactly to lay the blame.
Bay, whose Platinum Dunes production shingle signed on to produce ‘TMNT’ in May of 2010, was obviously irked by the criticism the script was taking. Not because he disagreed, necessarily, but because he was being lumped in with the draft, posting on his blog that the “leaked script for Ninja Turtles that different sites continue to comment on was written well before I, or anyone at Platinum Dunes, was involved with the project. ”
Ah, but what of the fact that the script was dated 1/30/12 and, as previously mentioned, Bay and his team came aboard ‘TMNT’ almost two years prior? Bay has an answer for that as well.
To end this stupid merry go round and explain the math…Yes we signed on two years ago to Turtles, but with no deal in place. Deal completed towards end of last year. And yes, thats how long deals sometimes take. So no work was done on the script. Blame Paramount, not us for the first draft.
Bay is always reliable for a good soundbite, and it will be interesting to see if anyone from Paramount has a retort for his recent comment (they must love being thrown under the bus by a colleague), but I’m actually more intrigued to hear from the actual writers of this screenplay, Andre Nemec and Josh Applebaum. Surely they’d like to weigh in on this developing fiasco..?
Who knew a fantasy about pizza-eating turtles could cause such a ruckus?