Eastman blabs about real reason new Ninja Turtles pic got delayed

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Dec 17, 2012

Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Ninja Turtles, has been an outspoken proponent of Michael Bay's upcoming reboot of the beloved franchise. When the film was delayed, the rumor was that it had script problems—but now Eastman has opened up about what really pushed the film's release date from 2013 to 2014.

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Eastman played down the alleged script issues. Instead, he cited extra time for effects work, as well as opportune timing with the Turtles' upcoming 30th anniversary, as the real reason for the delay:

I talked to [producer] Scott Mednick yesterday, and he's seen the most recent 50 [script] pages and said it's as good as the last version--they've really knocked it out of the park. I've seen a chunk of it, and it's going to be a great movie, despite what everybody thinks. Essentially they pushed it back for two reasons: One is the director, Jonathan Liebesman, wanted to make sure he could do the effects to the level he wants them at, and the fight scenes to the way they should be. Also, their release date is almost exactly on the 30th [TMNT] anniversary. May 5, 1984 is when the first Turtles comic came out. May 16, 2014, is almost exactly 30 years after. So basically it's an anniversary movie now."

Eastman also seems happy with Michael Bay's proposed tweaks to the origin tale, playing up the alien connections and perhaps playing down the "teenage" angle. Judging by his comment, he definitely understands the stakes if fans aren't on board:

"[W]hat they're doing with the movie is creating its own story, but it has to be true to the source material or we'll get @#$!-ng murdered. To be blunt."

What do you think? Can this end well?

(Via Comic Book Resources)