TMNT co-creator: that horrible Michael Bay script can't be saved

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Jan 25, 2016, 4:25 PM EST (Updated)

Now that we know just how bad the original script for Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flick is, we're even happier that it's getting a rewrite. But what if the rewrite's just as bad? Turtles co-creator Peter Laird has already blasted the script. Now he's blasting the idea of a rewrite.

Laird took to his blog last week to blast the now-defunct original draft of the script (which, among other things, made the Turtles aliens from "Dimension X" and changed Shredder's name to "Colonel Schrader") as "wretched," and noted how thankful he was that it won't ever actually be filmed. Two days later, another fan asked him what he'd do to fix it, leading Laird to declare that this script isn't a renovation. It's a demolition.

"I think the script that I read is so fundamentally flawed, and -- more to the point -- so NOT a Teenage Mutant NInja Turtles movie, that trying to make piecemeal changes to it in an effort to make it into something halfway decent is probably a fool's errand.

"In my opinion, the thing should just be tossed out, deliberately forgotten, and the process of generating a new script -- really a new outline, then treatment, then script -- should be started again. I have no insider knowledge of what's going on with the movie, but from the bits and pieces that have slipped out, it seems like that may be exactly what is happening."

Laird did offer one little piece of practical advice for whoever's coming up with the new script, noting that he'd "ditch Bebop and Rocksteady completely," but otherwise he seems to be in the same boat as the rest of us: waiting and hoping that everyone involved with the film has learned a lesson from this fiasco.

What do you think? Where would you recommend a new TMNT script go?

(Peter Laird via Comic Book Movie)

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