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'TMNT' Reboot Gets Working Title 'Ninja Turtles'

'Adult Alien Ninja Turtles' anyone? Michael Bay drops the ball again.
Adult Alien Ninja Turtles?
Adult Alien Ninja Turtles?
Producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman have given the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live action reboot a working title of Ninja Turtles.

Bleeding Cool sources had this to say about the title change:

"It seems to be driven by marketing. Think of John Carter and how Disney wouldn't allow for a title with either "Princess" or "Mars".

So, it's official? These turtles are no longer mutants or teenagers? "Adult Alien Ninja Turtles" anyone?

Last weekend, Michael Bay revealed that the movie will give the turtles an alien origin, so the removal of the word "Mutant" from the title makes sense. It is still unclear whether the turtles will be teenagers in the reboot.

The TMNT reboot will start shooting later this year, possibly around September, and they are looking for filming locations in Canada.

Sound off on what you think about these "Adult Alien Ninja Turtles".

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes to theaters August 8th, 2014 and stars Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Will Arnett, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Danny Woodburn. The film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman.

Sources: Bleeding Cool

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Comments (66)

  1. Rudy

    He pisses on Transformers, TMNT, I wouldn't be surprised if he pissed all over Power Rangers or Voltron.

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  2. moviemouse

    @jayaottley@space101 they rely aren't changing much they are minor changes joker had no acid bath but he was still the joker to me, bumblebee wasn't a beetle car in transformers but but you knew it was him, unless there characteristics are changed like the things you just mentioned then i will understand backlash from fans as long as they act like teenagers it don't need to be in the title plenty reboots have different names thats my take on it anyway

    2 years agoby @moviemouseFlag

  3. RogueVadr6

    @ I enjoyed it as well. My expectations were higher though.

    2 years agoby @RogueVadr6Flag

  4. Xenon

    that's a good image of him when he wakes up

    2 years agoby @xenon56Flag

  5. Xenon

    Like him or hate him, you got to admit that if this fails then Bay's name will be covered in mud for ages to come.
    I watch his films for one reason: entertainment

    Yes, he's a jerk. A prick for ruining our childhood,
    His ego is so big it takes up the entire studio but you got to love him when he falls flat on his face.

    2 years agoby @xenon56Flag

  6. Doreen Mahonez

    @ROFLitschristian you made me laugh so f*cking hard. omg. True.

    2 years agoby @Doreen-MahonezFlag

  7. CUPID

    @moviemaniac66 Well PG-13 doesn't mean it'll be any good either....right? plus i was just kidding around with my comment, people need to chill out this could actually be good.

    2 years agoby @cupidFlag

  8. Michael Kolesik

    @felipe-11 BTW: Agreed about this sucking turtle balls

    2 years agoby @Michael-KolesikFlag

  9. Michael Kolesik

    @felipe-11 Aliens are more believable than mutants? Clarification, please.

    2 years agoby @Michael-KolesikFlag

  10. Replicant

    What the f*ck am I saying? Michael Bay is behind this, this is gonna suck turtle balls

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  11. Replicant

    The quote from Bleeding Cool makes it sound almost as if John Carter was the prime example of top notch marketing LOL

    Anyway, the alien stuff sounds OK to me, I not like their completely changing their origin or something, it's just slightly more believable. I'm sure they'll still look like turtles and act like their characters always have.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  12. ROFLitschristian

    Uhm, they didn't allow the word Princess in John Carter's title because he's not a princess?

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  13. BrandonHeat

    i really wish Micheal bay wasn't on this project at all. he needs to concentrate on making another bad boys 3, Independence day 2 or something else. the director who is doing G.I. Joe 2 would be much better.

    2 years agoby @brandonheatFlag

  14. MovieManiac

    @cupid - Why? A movie doesn't have to be R-Rated to be good.

    2 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  15. Ty Vanderdouche Rendfrey

    Are you kidding me. This is the DUMBEST idea ever. This is so stupid, why would they even use the tmnt if thrre gonna f*ck them up. Congrats Michael bay you f*cked up another good show. Woop dee do. Did you fools even think about the fans?

    2 years agoby @Ty-Vanderdouche-RendfreyFlag

  16. Robertswww

    The first paragraph says that the working title is "Ninja Turtles" and I'm fine with that.

    But we are asked what we think of "Adult Alien Ninja Turtles" which would definitely be one of the lamest titles of all-time.

    2 years agoby @robertswwwFlag

  17. Jay.A.Ottley

    @cupid WORD!!!

    And a cameo by Shia Lebeouf screaming OPTIMUSSSSSSS

    2 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  18. Jay.A.Ottley


    Because everything that makes the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles what they are is being changed and alienated or deranged from its fanbase and that fanbase is what has made it so popular, its the characteristics that the turtles have that have made them the way they are, and they don't need changing.
    When you think Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you think of all those iconic attributes, that make the series and characters what they are.

    From the shredder, spllnter, the carefree daring and c*cky attitude of the turtles, the word Cowbunga and the addiction of pizza

    Its like grabbing Tom and Jerry and making Jerry a dog... does it grab your appeal, due to the drastic change?

    2 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  19. CUPID

    I say f*ck the kids and make this sh*t an R rated alien ninja turtles movie :P

    2 years agoby @cupidFlag

  20. Space101

    And people are wondering why anyone is getting upset over this, well maybe because we were so attached to the TMNT that we dont need anything to change about it....this is going to another extrem out of the context...

    2 years agoby @space101Flag

  21. Space101

    Just the fact that Bay is on board is already a fail.

    2 years agoby @space101Flag

  22. Mka47

    michael bay is a f*cking joke

    2 years agoby @mka47Flag

  23. Dfella504

    im wit u turtles does get str8 nto da point, dam how long do u ppl want them to b teenagers?? its like da simpsons...bart still a fukn kid for 20 fukn yrs!

    2 years agoby @dfellaFlag

  24. RogueVadr6

    @ Transformers 1 was not great, it was just tolerable.

    2 years agoby @RogueVadr6Flag

  25. Manuelzinho

    And yes I said tweeting - I KNOW this isn't tweeter. Jackassess

    2 years agoby @mannishmanuFlag

  26. Manuelzinho

    Too many people again with their "opinions" - @moviemouse ur spot on dude - it's perfect name. Ninja turtles is straight to the point and easy. FFs people wait until u see more of it or ACTUALLY SEE the movie before you start tweeting ur s*

    2 years agoby @mannishmanuFlag

  27. moviemouse

    dont know why people are so pissied is a tweaked origin and title realy that bad? ninja turtles sounds fine to me its exactly what it is

    2 years agoby @moviemouseFlag

  28. Space101

    Not liking this at all...

    2 years agoby @space101Flag

  29. m2

    no,no & no.

    2 years agoby @m2Flag

  30. alexpj19

    Dont know why most of people are complaining, personally i'll be happy to see another Ninja turtles movie :) we all know the origin story, we herd it million times, now give us something new u know, give us the characters we love, have them kick ass and give us a new twist on it, im excited!

    2 years agoby @alexpj19Flag

  31. Spadicus

    It's another Dragon Ball Evolution. F*ck you Bay.

    2 years agoby @spazFlag

  32. Xenon

    Bay or not, it'll be fun to see what happens.

    2 years agoby @xenon56Flag

  33. The Boondock Saint

    @youngrizo I TOTALY agree!!!! They act like all the quality was in the words "Teenage Mutant"

    2 years agoby @combatmadness360Flag

  34. Dbzfan91

    As much as I dislike the idea of them being aliens I will keep an open mind.... but having said that... If they don't say "COWABUNGA!" in this new film then they might as well sh*t all over our faces and be done with it.

    2 years agoby @dbzfan91Flag

  35. Dizman19

    I hate Michael Bay

    2 years agoby @dizman19Flag

  36. uncle rico

    I agree with Youngrizo

    2 years agoby @unclerico12345Flag

  37. Avrahama

    To be fair to those 'sounding off' the article above DID say "Sound off on what you think about these "Adult Alien Ninja Turtles".". So to those that are freaking out about opinions? How about YOU guys chillax. :P Anyways, I am a fan of those lovable turtles. Grew up with them, watched every series of cartoon and conceivable movie [please don't make mention of the christmas special! :O] And heard of the UK versions' title. Eastman and Laird's original version was more adult anyways, and the TV series of the 80s - probably what most of us were waiting on during the release of the TMNT original movies and got Tokka and Rahzar instead of Beebop and Rocksteady, but the movies did do our mutant turtles justice. [Except for the final movie Turtles in Time which for me was like watching the Muppet Show in Japan]. I consider myself a huge fan of the Turtles, though not a crazy fan [I don't collect Ninja Turtle posters, toys, etc] But I do have the entire cartoon series from the 80s and the new 90s one, and all the movies. But I'm also a Godzilla fan :) So sure, I'm game, let them play around with the origins, after all the concept of mutant turtle coming from ooze is a little far fetched. Alien turtles could explain their 'turtle-like' appearance - but now I'm curious about how they'll fit splinter into it... if at all! Or shredder, how will Shredder play into it. Or Japan for that matter. Are they aliens that were found by Splinter and Splinter already mutated from the Ooze from CGRI [and if so why bother? And why not continue that origin then in the first place], and will Krang, noticeably absent from the movies [made for the cartoon], finally be in this one? Or Beebop or Rocksteady? Personally, regardless of who makes it, as a true fan of my favorite green ninjas, I'll give it a shot. :)

    Here, for all you so-called Turtle fans try this little quiz!

    Cowabunga Dudes!

    2 years agoby @avrahamaFlag

  38. RogueVadr6

    @TylerThrift But Michael Bay already ruined the Transformers franchise.

    2 years agoby @RogueVadr6Flag

  39. Tyler Thrift

    uhh.....the comments alone on this story makes me laugh. I just hope that Michael Bay doesn't pull a M. Night Shalalalamalan and ruins a great "The Last Airbender"--dear lord that movie was horrible, I mean you couldn't even call earth-benders EARTH-benders. But anyways, will he at least make Michelangelo still be in love with pizza?

    2 years agoby @Tyler-ThriftFlag

  40. RogueVadr6

    @Dragon1991 I like to think so. :P

    2 years agoby @RogueVadr6Flag

  41. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    The marketing team need to go back to school

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  42. Dragon1991

    Michael Bay = The biggest troll on the face of filmmaking.

    2 years agoby @Dragon1991Flag

  43. Angelsbleedtoo

    Are they purposly trying to piss of the fans and make a bad movie??? It seems if there is any bad idea to come up with these guys are the ones to do the job.. not likeing this at all.

    2 years agoby @angelsbleedtooFlag

  44. RogueVadr6

    Usually I would agree with most people saying "Wait for the script, movie, official stuff bla bla bla." But this is Michael Bay. He hasn't produced a good movie in years! All faith is lost. He's better at original work.

    2 years agoby @RogueVadr6Flag

  45. Youngrizo

    @junior-roberts I couldn't have said it better.

    I think everyone needs to take chill pill. Calm the F**k down, stop jumping to conclusions and being big babies about a title. The title is just a working title, most movies have 'working titles' that are different from what they're titled at release. Not to mention even if it does turn out to be the official title, aren't they Ninja Turtles? Do we have to be told each and every time that they are teenage? or mutant ninja turtles? are we really that loyal to something that amounts to nothing more than brand recognition?

    What I'm trying to say people is, we're adults, at least act like it and stop making the rest of us movie lovers look like whiny children.

    2 years agoby @youngrizoFlag

  46. Junior Roberts

    I think we are all jumping the gun, once again. We do not know the script, as Bay has stated, and we could all be assuming this and that. You know what happens we "you assume", right?

    I have a CRAZY idea. Let's wait till the movie is out, we all see it and then... if we don't like what he did with The Turtles,.... then we complain and put up negative post about it. That way, we don't look like "asses".

    2 years agoby @junior-robertsFlag

  47. ZenTTox

    Michael Bay: Space...

    2 years agoby @zenttoxFlag

  48. Ghostman

    They took out "Teenage Mutant" in the title, what does that tell?! Ninja Turtles sounds lame :/

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  49. Jay.A.Ottley

    @monkeyiron2-0 so you were saying O_o

    2 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

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