Leaked Ninja Turtle script reveals reboot worse than we thought

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Dec 17, 2012

You know that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot that Michael Bay is working on, the one that's been delayed due to some apparent script issues? Not too surprisingly, the original draft sucked. Hard.

A Ninja Turtles fan site obtained a copy of the original script, and has posted a scathing review, breaking down the broad strokes of what looks to be a brutally bad idea.

All that buzz about the Turtles being aliens is true, and in this version they're from Dimension X, and are the "chosen ones of their race." The worst part? The story is actually framed around supporting cast member Casey Jones, adapted as "an 18 year old security guard for a furniture factory and amateur hockey player." Jones is also the one to give the Heroes in a Halfshell their trademark colored bandanas, so he can tell them apart. Oh, and classic Turtles baddie Shredder has changed into Colonel Schrader (Get it? The names are similar! Right ...)

Needless to say, this is definitely a unique take on the franchise, and regardless of the implementation, it would've probably polarized the fan base in a big way.

If there was any question as the script's legitimacy, Paramount has already hit the site with a cease and desist, and TMNT co-creator Peter Laird has chimed in, confirming the draft is as bad as advertised:

"Someone else alerted me to the existence of this script, and I just a few minutes ago finished reading it. If it is, in fact, the actual draft that was rejected and caused the production of the next TMNT movie to be pushed back to 2014 because the script was unsatisfactory, then I think all true TMNT fans should be grateful to the new "powers that be" that they did not allow this wretched thing to go any further. It could definitely be taken as a good sign if that is the case. It reminds me of one of the reasons I am glad to not own the property anymore... because I don't have to tear what little hair I have left out while trying to fix junk like this."

Despite the mountain of negative buzz, the reboot is offiically still in the works, though it's been bumped all the way to 2014 to accommodate what will likely be a full rewrite.

What do you think of the proposed storyline? Do you think it can be salvaged?

(Via ScreenCrave)