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And so, the TMNT hullabaloo gets more interesting. A scant day after TMNT co-creator Peter Laird took to his blog to give his thoughts on the upcoming Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed reboot of the franchise, TMNT’s other co-creator, Kevin Eastman, has offered his two cents. Whereas Laird seemed resigned to the reboot happening however Bay and company envisioned it (he and Eastman, apparently, no longer have any control over the property), his former TMNT partner-in-crime has a very different perspective. In fact, Eastman gushes over Bay’s approach to the property.
Via CBM, here is Eastman’s response:
Hey Guys, Sorry to have been away for so long–completely swamped with work–but it is some pretty exciting stuff. I had been invited to check out the TMNT film development by my friend Scott Mednick over the years, and a while back had a full look behind the curtian at what writers Appelbaum and Nemec, director Liebesman, and producer Bay are doing–and trust me–it IS AWESOME. I’m officially on board, and will share more as I’m allowed… thanks all!
It seems Eastman is taking the approach that since he has no say in the matter, he mind as well embrace it. Which, I guess, is one way to go about it. After all, he has seen things we haven’t seen, and would have a better idea of what Bay and Liebesman are planning, a perspective no one has, including Peter Laird.
Honestly, I had no idea a group of teenage mutant ninja turtles could elicit such passionate responses either way. I always thought the TMNT were kind of goofy, but fun. But still, you know, goofy. I mean, they are turtles. Who live in sewers. Eat pizza. And, like, fight ninja villains.
Thanks to Dedpool, Mike, and everyone who sent this in.