Michael Bay Says the New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are Aliens?!

Does the producer really not know their origin story, or is the new film going to be a major retcon?

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


It's been a month since we'd heard hide or hair (shell or scale?) from Wrath of the Titans director Jonathan Liebesman's new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. We were expecting an update at some point, but nobody, but nobody, expected this: Michael Bay, whose production company Platinum Dunes is behind the reboot, says that the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are aliens. Like, from outer space.

That's… What the hell?!

"When you see this movie," Bay told the folks at Nickelodeon Upfront event (via AICN), "Kids are going to believe one day these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable."

"From an alien race," he says. Does the director of the Transformers series really know that little about the franchise, or does Jonathan Liebesman's film ignore the Turtle's original origin story, in which they turned into anthropomorphic shellheads after coming into contact with radioactive industrial waste? Are they afraid of the talking heads at Fox News, who would no doubt claim the plot point depicts corporations in a negative light? Or have they just forgotten that the word "mutant" is in the title, and that depicting an alien race of turtle people contradicts their own trademarked name?

CraveOnline will be back with confirmation one way or the other, after we find out if the Neutrinos are somehow involved now.