Ever since he let loose that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles might be reimagined as aliens in his new live-action film, director Michael Bay has been doing damage control to calm down upset fans worried he will ruin the beloved franchise. Now, with word leaked that the title may be tweaked from the moniker we know and love, Bay has chimed in to let you know—it wasn't his fault.
Apparently, rumors that the film will be called simply Ninja Turtles are true, and Bay says it wasn't his decision to shorten the title.
"Paramount marketing changed the name," he posted on his official forum. "They made the title simple."
The move isn't shocking, and it echoes Disney's recent (confusing) attempt to tweak the John Carter of Mars title to make it sound "less sci-fi," to disastrous results.
Name change or not, Bay reiterated that fans needn't worry. He's still working with series original co-creator Kevin Eastman, and he promises to maintain the spirit of the show and comics that fans know and love.
"The characters you all remember are exactly the same, and yes they still act like teenagers. Everything you remember, why you liked the characters, is in the movie," he wrote. "This script is being developed by two very smart writers, with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles. They care VERY MUCH about making this film for the fans. Everyone on this team cares about the fans. Just give them a chance. Jonathan [Liebesman] the director, is a major fan of the whole franchise. HE'S NOT GOING TO LET YOU DOWN."
What do you think? Will Bay do right by Turtle fans?
(via Shoot for the Edit)