Paramount Pictures has finally unveiled the official title for its upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.
Michael Bay originally stated that he wanted to ditch the Teenage Mutant in favor of just Ninja Turtles. However, it would seem that the studio has other ideas in mind for the project.
Instead of Ninja Turtles, Paramount revealed at CinemaCon this week that the reboot will be known as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Instead of irritating fans by changing up the title, producers are apparently staying true to the source material.
Wrath of the Titans director Jonathan Liebesman is said to be working with TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman on the project. While many fans have cried foul at Michael Bay’s desire to make the heroes aliens from another planet, the filmmaker said true fans shouldn’t have a problem with this angle.
“If everyone was such a die-hard fan, they would know that the TCRI canisters where the ooze comes from … That is alien ooze. We’re expanding [the story], and the expansion will be true to the mythology,” Liebesman explained.
However, Paramount may not want to alienate old-school fans of the characters by introducing too many elements that causes them to post a stream of angry blogs about the upcoming reboot. After all, it’s these people who will be shelling out money to see the flick in theaters next summer.
Production on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has already begun. The film stars Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), Noel Fisher (Michaelangelo), Megan Fox (April O’Neil), and Danny Woodburn (Splinter).
Unless something goes haywire between now and next year, Paramount Pictures hopes to have the new installment of the TMNT series in theaters on June 6, 2014.
Are you a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise? Are you happy that the studio has decided to leave the title alone?